You may have heard, “It’s important to enhance our memory and problem-solving skills by doing brain games”….I have too. I actually thought brain games were very beneficial until I found a few articles that had me question if they’re worth doing or not. I was working on a post about brain games and wanted to read some studies and stats where I found the “Brain Training Doesn’t Work” article from Scientific American and “Neuroscientists speak out against brain game hype” from Science Mag. They conclude brain games cannot negatively effect you, but studies have not shown significant and publish-worthy improvements in cognitive functioning from doing them. If you have had positive outcomes from brain games (like some commenters in the Science Mag article did) please share!
But then there is an article, like this, from The Atlantic which says they do help. I give up. I enjoy them, I feel smarter doing them, I’m going to keep doing them. If you still want to do them, scroll down to read some brain game resources!
Online Brain Games:
National Geographic has quizzes, series, articles and more about a variety of brain topics! It’s quite an interesting site-check it out!
Lumosity– there is a fee to join, but this site is great and has had very positive outcomes from the brain trainings.
Brain Wars- Translimit, Inc.
Brain Training-Mikel Young
The book, “Change Your Brain: Change Your Life“- is one by Dr. Amen that doesn’t necessarily discuss and provide brain games, but does provide education and tools on conquering mental illnesses such as anxiety, depression or anger. He has you do evaluations of certain behaviors and gives you “to dos” to help overcome any mental barriers. I will be doing a separate post on this book. So, kind of off topic but definitely brain-post worthy.
There are many more brain-training resources out there. Do you use any?