Over the past 5 years, computerized cognitive training (CT) programs have made a huge splash in the digital wellness market. These programs, usually consisting of small computer games, have capitalized on recent research that demonstrates a previously unrecognized degree of neuroplasticity, or cognitive flexibility, in the brain.
Currently, research is moderately supportive of CT. In a 2010 NIH state-of-the-science report, researchers reviewed nearly 3 dozen environmental, behavioral, and biological factors believed to prevent Alzheimer disease and cognitive decline.1 Of these, they found evidence of preventative properties only for CT, beating out other popular favorites such as healthy diet and exercise.
– Larry Brooks, PhD