Brain Training – what is it good for? by Dr Jack Lewis

MEMNEON is a fun, challenging and highly-addictive smartphone game that will increase working memory and thus (according to research by Torkel Klingberg) improve your IQ! Even Stephen Fry – the God-of-Twitter himself – tweeted that MEMNEON was driving him “delightfully dotty.” High praise indeed! The creative director behind Memneon was Steve Turnbull, who would probably feel that for me to suggest that it is “Simon” for the 21st century, would be selling it short. I would disagree. Simon was the original brain training device and, as such, decades ahead of the game. Memneon is like Simon on a high dose of amphetamines.

Brain Benefits of Beat City (Nintendo DS) by Dr Jack

At the end of the day even if Beat City doesn’t inspire the desire to play a proper musical instrument, enabling the full brain-benefits of musical engagement to be earned, I believe it is nonetheless an effective way of challenging and thus improve your capacity for working memory, concentration and fine motor control that will come in useful in everyday life as well.

Dr Jack’s review of Brain Training on the Nintendo DS

This review comprises my opinions, both as a consumer and a neuroscientist, of Dr Kawashima’s Brain Training on the Nintendo DS. I have previously (https://www.drjack.co.uk/brain-teasers-brain-training/) outlined my view that brain training is simply a matter of teasing your mental faculties with a variety of word, number and problem solving challenges on a regular basis. In this regard, the greatest advantage of the Nintendo DS brain training over the old-fashioned (but quite possibly equally effective) books of crosswords and number puzzles, is its fantastic convenience and flexibility. You can carry around with you literally thousands of mentally-taxing brain teasers for use during your daily commute, or whilst on adventures to the far corners of the globe, and it will take up no more room in your baggage than a small book. I have also previously described (https://www.drjack.co.uk/does-brain-training-really-work-by-dr-jack-lewis/) why I think that, despite the BBC’s headline-grabbing publication of research suggesting that “BRAIN TRAINING DOESN’T WORK”, I sincerely believe that the jury is still out on that issue. Here you will simply find my considered opinion on how this game rates – as a way to while away some spare time in a manner that probably won’t change your life, but certainly won’t do you any harm and might just sharpen up some very basic, but fundamental, cognitive abilities.