Sunday, February 17, 2013

New paper uses PEBL BCST to validate cognitive training

 A new paper out of Japan was just published in PLoS ONE, which attempted to look at whether cognitive training with the 'Brain Age' video game was effective at doing what it claims to do.  It compared training with Brain Age to Tetris.

Apparently, brain- age training impacted just about everything better than the Tetris control.   As can be seen in the table above, errors went down by about 2.4; while Tetris training only improved errors by .4 units.
The paper is available at:

Nouchi, R., Taki, Y., Takeuchi, H., Hashizume, H., Nozawa, T., Kambara, T., … Kawashima, R. (2013). Brain Training Game Boosts Executive Functions, Working Memory and Processing Speed in the Young Adults: A Randomized Controlled Trial. PLoS ONE, 8(2), e55518. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0055518
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