A new study has shown that brain training games do little to exercise the grey matter.
Millions of people who have been prodding away at their Nintendo DS portable consoles, smug in the knowledge that they are giving their brains a proper work-out, might have to rethink how they are going to stop the contents of their skulls turning into mush.
The experiment, saw more than 11,000 people using the games for six weeks as part of the broadcaster’s annoyingly upbeat science slot Bang Goes the Theory.
The participants were subjected to a barrage of cognitive test before and after the experiment but the study found that they showed no improvement when compared to a control group which just buggered about on the Internet.
Clive Ballard, director of Alzheimer’s Society, told the BBC, “This evidence could change the way we look at brain training games and shows staying active, by taking a walk for example, is a better use of our time.”