Navigation Links
Brain training can help improve specific abilities in older people
Date:12/23/2009

This release is available in German.

Many brain training products claim to be able to keep us mentally fit. Some products even claim that brain training can prevent dementia in old age. But there is no scientific proof that games or other brain exercises can have this effect. That is what the German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) pointed out in information published on informedhealthonline.org today.

Brain training can lead to an improvement, but only in the specific ability it is aimed at

As we get older our thinking gets slower and it is harder for us to learn new things. Many people try to stay mentally fit by, for example, learning a new language or doing crossword puzzles. Computer games that aim to keep the brain active are also becoming increasingly popular. "Doing exercises like trying to find symbols on a computer screen as fast as possible can actually improve your reaction time," explains Professor Peter Sawicki, the Institute's Director. "But scientific studies have shown that brain training only leads to an improvement in the specific ability that it is aimed at. So if you learn to find symbols quickly, it does not mean that you will be able to remember names better too."

There is no need for people to push themselves to do brain training if they do not enjoy it

Research has not shown that brain training can keep up or enhance people's overall mental abilities. "So there is no need to feel bad if you do not enjoy brain training: there are no health reasons for doing it," says Sawicki. "But if you think brain training exercises are fun, you can try out different things. For example, completing sequences of letters can improve your logic skills. And practising word association techniques can help you to remember things better."


'/>"/>

Contact: Hilda Bastian
information@iqwig.de
49-221-356-85401
Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Medical Doctor Proposes New Brain Function Theory
2. Protein link may be key to new treatment for aggressive brain tumor
3. Brain Imaging Sheds Light on Social Woes Related to Autism
4. For older adults, participating in social service activities can improve brain functions
5. Targeting brain cancer cell metabolism may provide new treatment
6. New Hope for Brain, Spinal Cord Injuries
7. UPMC Health Plan Offers Brain Fitness Software to Improve Health
8. Jefferson neurosurgeon helps draft new treatment guidelines for brain metastases
9. Late-breaking brain and behavior research presented at ACNP annual meeting this week
10. Nerve-cell transplants help brain-damaged rats fully recover lost ability to learn
11. With Amino Acid Diet, Mice Improve After Brain Injury
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... February 11, 2016 , ... Student-doctors from Western University ... Match Program Tuesday, February 9, taking one of the final steps in their ... education positions across the country. Of the 103 student-doctors who comprise the College ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... Nashville, TN (PRWEB) , ... February 11, 2016 , ... ... commercial cleaning business to a new market, and it’s the buildings of Nashville that ... much that when I needed to relocate to Nashville, there was no question that ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... ... February 11, 2016 , ... Thermi™, a ... is pleased to announce the promotions of Allison Kelly to executive vice president ... to executive vice president of North American capital sales, and Wendy Oseas to ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... (PRWEB) , ... February 11, 2016 , ... ... ?" motivational speaker, trainer and author Ray Clarke poses a question as a ... fulfillment . In his book, "Being in the Being" (published by Partridge Singapore), ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... , ... February 11, 2016 , ... ... updated its hallmark resource, Infusion Therapy Standards of Practice, to include vascular visualization ... illumination with an estimated 85% share of the market, facilitates adherence to this ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/11/2016)... SAN FRANCISCO , Feb. 11, 2016 Potrero ... system, is pleased to announce the appointment of George ... San Antonio, TX , WellMed is ... servicing over 200,000 patients and HMO members in ... founding WellMed in 1990 out of his own internal medicine ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... 2016  AfterPill.com is reporting that this week,s Centers ... all women who are at risk of unintended pregnancy ... and raises the risks of unprotected sex in particular.  ... According to the Guttmacher Institute, there are 43 million ... age, who have sex without the intention of becoming ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... 11, 2016  Proliant Biologicals is proud to announce ... (BSA) manufacturing facility.  The facility is located on the ... in Feilding. Boone , Iowa.  ... duplicate the systems in the U.S. facility, with critical ... U.S. installations.  --> Boone ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: