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Is brain fitness scientifically proven to improve cognitive skills?

Posted Dec 28 2006 12:00am

Here is the fourth installment of questions from Brain Fitness 101: Answers to Your Top 25 Questions. To download the complete version, please click here.

Question:Brain Working Out
Is brain fitness scientifically proven to improve cognitive skills?

Key Points:

  • Neuropsychology and the understanding of brain mechanisms of cognition took off in 1861 when Pierre-Paul Broca published a paper on brain localization of language.
  • Cognitive training and behavioral therapy has been in use in hospitals and the military for 40 years or more.

Answer:
Thanks to new neuroimaging techniques, said to be “as important for neuroscience as telescopes were for astronomy,” and other state-of-the-art research methods, neuroscientists are finding that exercising our brain influences the generation of new neurons and their connections.

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