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Are Brain Games Just Another Fad Diet?

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Cognitive Function

You or someone you know experiences a delay in recall, or struggles to focus from time to time. Cognitive function complaints, such as these, indicate that sometimes our hippocampus needs a personal trainer to shape up.

Lumosity and fit brains are two of the most famous brain game companies that attempt to tone and strengthen our memory muscle. They do require that we follow consistent and continuous use of their brain exercise programs to achieve results.

With vigilance and dedication, it is thought that

  • concentration
  • focus
  • memory
  • problem solving skills

will significantly improve.

Study: Brain Games vs. Brain Function

Studies reveal improvement in memory and focus-related tasks within these brain games, yet results are only slightly different when compared to control groups.

Moreover, the greatest change is demonstrated when subjects are tested on the company-based programs themselves, as opposed to daily tasks such as:

  • locating car keys
  • recalling names
  • concentration while driving

It’s fun to excel at a few games, but isn’t the point of exercise is to be better at real life stuff?

Daily Exercises to Improve Brain Function

Harvard Health Publications speaks on computer games, and the extent of their ability to keep your brain fit. They suggest that better results may be had with daily, regular mental workouts including:

  • reading
  • playing cards
  • completing crossword puzzles

A little old school, but retro never hurt anybody!

 

References

Junge, C. (2012, April 26). Can computer games keep your brain fit? Retrieved June 3, 2016, from http://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/can-computer-games-keep-your-brain-fit-201204264640

 

Clinical Contributor

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Ramona Richard, MS, NC

Ramona Richard, MS, NC

Ramona Richard graduated with honors from the University of California with a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology and graduated summa cum laude with a Master’s Degree in Health and Nutrition Education. She also holds a Standard Designated Teaching Credential from the State of California, is a California state-certified Nutrition Consultant and a member of the National Association of Nutrition Professionals.

Ramona has participated in nutrition education in both public and private venues, including high school and college presentations, radio and public speaking for the past 20 years. She is the owner of Radiance, a nutrition consulting company, the Director of Education for Sanesco International, and a medical technical writer.

Disclaimer: The information provided is only intended to be general educational information to the public. It does not constitute medical advice. If you have specific questions about any medical matter or if you are suffering from any medical condition, you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

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