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Brain training games don't work

  • 07-Sep-2012

Brain training games don't work - that is the evidence. Your intelligence is built on a very broad skill set involving more than stimulating your brain with a few fun games. Becoming more intelligent is not that easy! The clue is in the fact that none of the big game developers or online training companies claim to make their users more intelligent. It’s a convenient misunderstanding produced by clever advertising. It also plays on people’s inherent desire for easy solutions to difficult problems, such as how to do better in school or business. A [review paper](http://www.thepsychologist.org.uk/archive/archive_home.cfm?volumeID=24&editionID=204&ArticleID=1892) in The Psychologist several years ago showed that no study has ever shown a rise in IQ following the use of any so-called brain training product. And that is still the case. And yet these games sell by the millions. What is more properly called “cognitive training” (rather than brain training) by scientists, does have some small effects on memory or other skills targeted directly by these training programs. These programs are most often used with ageing or brain damaged people. But they do not seem to have any effects beyond teaching the skills they teach. So for example, if you want to improve your memory… guess what you should do! Practice remembering stuff. But cognitive training has no general effects on your overall intelligence. The only way to raise intelligence levels is to identify the skills that underlie ALL of our intelligence and target them!. And now we have - those skills are called relational skills. Improving relation skills over a period of time using relational skills training available at RaiseYourIQ.com has been proven to raise general intelligence by a considerable degree. See our scientific evidence page for published examples.

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