Brain Training Games

Q. I play games on a web site that claims to help your brain function. Do these web sites actually work or do they do more harm than good?


Brain training games created by companies like Lumosity are increasingly popular, and scientific research is scant in this field of cognitive training. Available studies on how such programs could help slow the progress of dementia or rehabilitate disability caused by stroke seem promising:

Please take note that as with anything in life, the NEWSTART® principle of temperance (abstain entirely from that which is injurious, and use that which is healthful judiciously) has been proven in this study:

In this study, healthy university students who played an excessive amount of internet games for 6 weeks, began to show addiction in their frontal lobe activity.

In summary, cognitive training may have a role in retraining function that has been lost. However, healthy individuals playing games created by neuroscientists may be limiting their brain capacity to that of the creators’ of these games. Although these games appear to be improving memory of users, perhaps the greatest beneficiary is the company that has you paying them on a monthly basis, to collect information about your brain response to set cues.

Fundamentals of Christian Education says,
“As an educating power the Bible is without a rival. No scientific works are so well adapted to develop the mind as a contemplation of the great and vital truths and practical lessons of the Bible. Men of the greatest intellects, if not guided by the word of God in their research, become bewildered; they cannot comprehend the Creator or His works. But set the mind to grasp and measure eternal truth, summon it to effort by delving for the jewels of truth in the rich mine of the word of God, and it will never become dwarfed and enfeebled, as when left to dwell upon commonplace subjects.” {FE 84.2}

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  1. 1 Nora Aug 15, 2011, 5:51 PM PDT

    Good answer , Thank you . Nothing can beat God’s Word !

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