Study: Brain training games don't work

Scientists find that brain training games don't increase brain power

A new study has found that brain training games don't have a meaningful impact on cognition.

11,430 participants carried out brain training sessions for at least ten minutes a day, three times a week for a minimum of six weeks, using games like Nintendo's Dr. Kawashima's Brain Training: How Old Is Your Brain?.

Experts from the Medical Research Council and the Alzheimer's Society said that players didn't gain anything in the way of general reasoning, memory, planning or visuospatial abilities, according to the BBC.

"The results are clear," said Dr Adrian Owen, a neuroscientist at the Medical Research Council. "Statistically, there are no significant differences between the improvements seen in participants who played our brain training games, and those who just went on the internet for the same length of time."

Clive Ballard of the Alzheimer's Society added: "This evidence could change the way we look at brain training games and shows staying active by taking a walk for example is a better use of our time."

Nintendo said that it has never claimed that its games have been scientifically proven to improve brain power, which is just as well really.