Brain Training—Plain Gaming, or a New Vein for Preclinical Research?
Source Newsroom: Alzforum
Newswise — If you listen to National Public Radio, watch TV, or surf the Web, chances are you have come across commercials enticing you to “improve your memory” with “brain training developed by neuroscientists.” With its 60 million users, Lumosity is the largest of these so-called brain gyms. Peer-reviewed evidence supporting the claim that stretching your mind with brain games translates into tangible benefits in other realms of life remains slim. While researchers are studying brain training, some are taking advantage of the data behemoth generated as millions of gamers are tracked online. Scientists are mining databases for clues that people might be sliding toward dementia and becoming candidates for therapeutic prevention trials. Read Alzforum’s two-part story that explores the data behind brain training (Part I), and the creative ways researchers hope to put the games to use (Part II).
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