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‘BRAIN TRAINING’ CLAIMS DISMISSED

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Posted by abeodbart February 28, 2009 at 1:04 pm

People who spend money on brain trainers to keep their mind sharp may well get the same benefit from simply doing a crossword, experts conclude.

Consumer group Which? asked three experts to check claims made about several devices, including the Nintendo DS, on memory and staving off dementia. They found the evidence behind such claims was non-existent or “weak”.

But there is evidence that exercise, a healthy diet and an active social life help keep an agile mind, Which? said. Brain trainers, often promoted by celebrity endorsement, have been increasing in popularity. 

BBC

COMMENTS
February 28, 2009 at 1:24 pm
Tash says:

In my experience the only trouble with Crosswords is the clues are really hard – but then thats handy info if you don’t want to or can’t afford to pay out for Nintendo DS games.My Grandad will be pleased. :-)


February 28, 2009 at 5:59 pm
Ken says:

I think 21 across is wrong….


February 28, 2009 at 6:22 pm
Slugsie says:

I think it will depend on the person. For myself I quite like mental exercise games like Brain Training on my daughters DS, and I’m quite good at them. However, I’m absolutely useless at crossroads, always have been. Even The Suns crossword takes me ages to do. ;)


February 28, 2009 at 6:39 pm
Nopke says:

Picking the right people to socialize with will keep your brain in shape as well. Although, you ofcourse have to have a certain awareness of when your brain is working smooth and sharp and when it doesn’t …
Sometimes this is not as easy as it seems … sharp brains can be at different levels .. So we all are our own brain trainers. Although there are many who will try to be in charge of your brain ofcourse … like … almost all people around you. Keep the brain as slow as possible … the real brain we will need as long as possible is not up there .. and besides .. it gives such nice overview of all others around your self .. you will see so much more. Okay, a bit too much at times perhaps … hehehe …


February 28, 2009 at 11:11 pm
whodat says:

~convenience, well, it strips you bare of consciousness~


March 1, 2009 at 12:11 am
ReliegiousMarie says:

@nopke….too much ohm aint good either ;-)


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