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Study: Brain jogging apps don't do anything for the memory
Many elderly people in particular try to train their brains using crossword puzzles, sudokus or brain jogging apps. Ultimately, this should help prevent degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and dementia. However, a new study comes to the conclusion that such apps do not improve memory performance.
More and more people with dementia
Around 47 million people live with dementia worldwide, in Germany there are about 1.5 million, most of them have Alzheimer's. And the number of people affected continues to rise. In order to prevent illness, the brain should be trained, according to the advice of some experts. However, there is no evidence that brain jogging helps prevent Alzheimer's. And apparently it does not help memory, as a recent study shows.
Train your mind
Since the treatment options for Alzheimer's are still extremely limited and the existing therapeutic options can only delay the course of the disease, it is all the more important to take preventive measures.
However, how to prevent such a disease is not clearly proven. Studies have shown that a healthy lifestyle and regular brain training can have positive effects.
However, if you train your mind with the help of sudokus, crossword puzzles and special brain jogging apps, you will obviously achieve far less than previously thought.
According to a new study from the USA, such apps have no demonstrable effect on memory performance and memory.
No demonstrable effect on memory performance and memory
The researchers led by Neil Charness from Florida State University (FSU) found in their investigation that so-called brain jogging has no demonstrable effect on memory and memory.
For the study published in the journal "Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience", they tested two groups of people for their memory.
One half was concerned with a brain jogging game, the other with number or crossword puzzles.
Subsequently, it was examined whether the training of working memory had a positive effect on other mental skills such as logic, memory or processing speed.
The result is sobering: According to the researchers, neither of the two training variants had a measurable effect on the memory performance of the test subjects.
"Our results and previous studies confirm that there is very little evidence that these types of games can improve your life in any meaningful way," said FSU's Wally Boot in a statement.
As Charness explained, crossword puzzles and sudokus are useless in terms of memory. This also means that one cannot remember better “where the keys are”.
Exercise has a positive effect on the brain
However, there are ways to train your brain: "If you really want to improve your mental skills, you might be better off taking aerobics classes than crouching in front of the computer and playing these games," says Charness.
Finally, research has shown that aerobics leads to significant improvements in thinking skills among people with dementia, among other things. (ad)