Playing brain games may not make you any smarter, say scientists. As a study found that similar games fail to improve mental abilities or help prevent age-related cognitive decline. The study was published in the journal Frontiers in Ageing Neuroscience.
The research team analyzed whether improving working memory would translate to better performance on other tasks.
“It is possible to train people to become very good at tasks that you would normally consider general working memory tasks such as memorising 70, 80, even 100 digits,” said Neil Charness, professor at Florida State University.
“But these skills tend to be very specific and not show a lot of transfer,” said Charness. “The thing that seniors in particular should be concerned about is, if I can get very good at crossword puzzles, is that going to help me remember where my keys are? And the answer is probably no,” he said.
“Our findings and previous studies confirm there is very little evidence these types of games can improve your life in a meaningful way,” said Wally Boot from Florida State University.