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    Scientific Study: Games like Brain Age are a croc..

    http://www.joystiq.com/2008/01/03/sc...ing-brain-age/

    Charitable organization Sense About Science has published its report on celebrities endorsing "scientific mumbo jumbo" that is of debatable merit. While diet pills and skin care lotions are obvious targets, the report (PDF file) also criticized Nicole Kidman and Patrick Stewart, among others, for endorsing Brain Age 2 (also known as More Brain Training in Europe).
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    http://www.senseaboutscience.org.uk/...ite/other/200/

    Of course, the developer of Brain Age is a neuroscientist and a professor at Tohoku University in Japan, so believe what you will

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    Re: Scientific Study: Games like Brain Age are a croc..

    I don't think Brain Age will make you smarter, but anything that get's your brain thinking can't be a bad thing.


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    Re: Scientific Study: Games like Brain Age are a croc..

    Most likely just a placebo effect.

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    Re: Scientific Study: Games like Brain Age are a croc..

    I don't know. "They" have always said that doing crossword puzzles and Sudoku and other brain teasers are good for keeping your sharp and warding off Alzheimer's. What difference should it make if it's on paper or digital?

    Frankly, I don't care, I just like the games! They are fun and I like puzzles. Good enough for me.
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    Re: Scientific Study: Games like Brain Age are a croc..

    You'd only be good at playing Soduku or doing brain teasers. The article isn't about whether or not these game are fun, just the scientific data to support the claims.

    So far Nintendo's claims of fitness and brain sharpening have been scrutinized. Wonder what's next!

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    Re: Scientific Study: Games like Brain Age are a croc..

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertai...rtainment_util

    Depends on who you ask, I guess. As it is with most things.
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    Re: Scientific Study: Games like Brain Age are a croc..

    my grandfather is 90 y/o and has done crossword puzzles every day as long as I've been alive at least and at 90 he is as active as he was when he was 70. I don't care what some scientist says in a study, he's enough proof for me that keeping your mind active and thinking on a daily basis will keep your brain healthy.

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    Re: Scientific Study: Games like Brain Age are a croc..

    Quote Originally Posted by SusieP. View Post
    http://www.baltimoresun.com/entertai...rtainment_util

    Depends on who you ask, I guess. As it is with most things.
    There's not one note of scientific data in that article. Only recommendations and hypotheticals.

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    Re: Scientific Study: Games like Brain Age are a croc..

    Well, this HAS been proven.

    But it doesn't hurt your intelligence. It practices it.

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    Re: Scientific Study: Games like Brain Age are a croc..

    Quote Originally Posted by Soulquarian View Post
    You'd only be good at playing Soduku or doing brain teasers. The article isn't about whether or not these game are fun, just the scientific data to support the claims.

    So far Nintendo's claims of fitness and brain sharpening have been scrutinized. Wonder what's next!
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    There's not one note of scientific data in that article. Only recommendations and hypotheticals.
    Nor is there any data in the article you quoted! Just one quoted scientists who makes a claim that there is no conclusive evidence. An article that establishes one premise for Brain Age, and then tries to disprove a separate one... ?? What does that prove?

    So your thread title is a 'croc' - and as usual is your interpretation of the article.

    The premise is stimulating the brain through activity to improve basic skills such as math, problem solving, logic, and memory abilities - not that it will teach you Calculus or some other new topic you never knew. If repetitive simple, building block training does not work - then why is it the methodology used in schooling?

    The basis of this theory existed before the video games (here is a current variant http://braintraineruk.com/fastfacts_classic.html) - and is researched and perused by practicing medical researchers. The creator of brain age is still a leading medical researcher in Japan http://www.med.tohoku.ac.jp/room/831/english.html with work supported by many other researchers as well.

    The only 'claims' of the game are to increase stimulation to keep things sharp - not that its going to teach you some new topic. Its like exercise. In fact its tagline is even 'mental workout' not 'learn quantum mechanics!'
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    Re: Scientific Study: Games like Brain Age are a croc..

    Quote Originally Posted by Soulquarian View Post
    There's not one note of scientific data in that article. Only recommendations and hypotheticals.
    And the article quotes much more 'data' then either the joystiq article or its reference. From the Baltimore Sun's article

    He (Pittsburgh neuropsychologist and author Paul Nussbaum) says studies have demonstrated three environmental factors that improve brain health - socialization, mental stimulation and physical activity.
    'mental stimulation' hrrm... sounds a lot like what the games like Brain Age promote as their premise
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    Re: Scientific Study: Games like Brain Age are a croc..

    I'm assuming these games are geared towards keeping your mind sharp so you can think on your toes. It probably doesn't help you recall things long forgotten but it might help your brain react faster.

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