Brain Training FAQWelcome to our FAQ... this lists a range of commonly asked questions on this subject. If you want to contribute an FAQ or add more detail to an answer, then please do contact us.
What is Brain Training?
Brain training means different things to different people. In the context we use it on this site, it simply refers to a range of fun games and puzzles that use your mental faculties. In the same way that when you practice your favourite sport and use your muscles in the process this is often referred to as 'training', so the use of your "mental muscle" (the brain) is all that is meant by brain training.
Does Brain Training Work?
No-one knows for sure. Various studies have been made of a range of brain training programmes, and there are not conclusive results that we are aware of. It seems likely that it depends on the specific games that are part of the program being used, people's base levels at the start of the program, and how much training they have done. A good program would need to benchmark people's level in a particular skill (e.g. reasoning, spatial awarenss) then give a program of exercises to perform over a period of time, before a second test. The games played inbetween should not be the same as those used in the two tests but should help develop the relevant skill.
If we don't know if it works, is it a waste of time?
Not really - it seems fair to say that it will either have a positive impact or none at all. In that worst case scenario where there is no tangible benefit derived, there is still the fun to be had of trying and playing the games, many of which are designed to be fun and engaging in some sense. Also there is the sense of achievement to be had at improving at a particular game, for instance memorising a list of random letters and numbers more accurately than you could previously in our Memory Game for instance.
How much Brain Training should I do?
There is no clear answer. Perceived wisdom (as in the advice that usually appears alongside this sort of material) in the press and computer games seems to say that you should do little and often: in other words tranches of around 15 minutes - 1 hour on a regular basis, perhaps three times a week, and that this should be performed over around a 6 week period in order to gain the benefits.
Is Brain Training Puzzles free?
Yes, the website is currently free. You can play some games without logging in, for other games you need to register which takes just a few seconds and then you can play some more games.
What other puzzles can i play?
If you like traditional puzzles such as Sudoku, Killer Sudoku, Kakuro, Codewords and many more then you might wish to take a look at the PuzzleClub. If you want to work on your maths, then check out Speed Maths. For children, then take a look at the Childrens Puzzles website.