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Brain training games help older adults perform essential tasks, study finds

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h5919 (Published 04 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5919
  1. Anne Gulland
  1. 1London

Online “brain training” games can improve the cognitive skills of older adults and help them perform day to day tasks such as shopping and managing finances, a study has found.1

Researchers at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King’s College London found that playing a daily 10 minute game challenging reasoning and memory skills could benefit for older people.

The double blinded study recruited 6742 adults over the age of 50—some through a BBC television programme, Bang Goes the Theory—and were split into three groups. One group of 2557 participants played games testing problem solving and reasoning, and a second …

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