Brain Games have been touted as a panacea for anyone who has felt their cognition slowing down as they age. After all, who wouldn't want a stronger brain??
And in the competitive world in which we now live, people are turning to brain games that promise to improve and build out cognitive skills. But how effective are these programs really? Not very according to a new study from Florida State University.
The findings confirm that "there's very little evidence these types of games can improve your life in a meaningful way," according to the study conducted.
Published in the journal of Frontiers Aging Neuroscience, the study was conducted in response to the inflated claims of the games making up the "brain-training" industry.
The study was led by psychology professor Neil Charness who focused on what's referred to as "working memory." They conducted studies on whether a variety of normal, everyday tasks could be improved through the use of brain games.
The study looked at whether the games boosted memory, reasoning and processing speed.
As it turns out, excelling at memorizing lists and being great at crossword puzzles doesn't exactly translate to improving our overall "braininess."
As it turns out, moving around, and doing aerobic exercises seemed to be the best way to give your brain a boost.
So turn off your phone and get jogging if you want to improve your brain's well-being!