Must-Read: Boost Your Memory
Quick: If you can, think about how the world was before smartphones and Wikipedia were at everyone’s fingertips. Instead of being all like “I’ll go look that up,” people actually HAD TO KNOW THINGS if they wanted to accomplish anything. Like, actually know things. But now, because their brains aren’t being worked out in that specific capacity — where memory has been replaced by a quick thumb-movement to the Wikipedia page with exactly what you’re looking for — then people are losing their ability to remember stuff. Thankfully, there’s a few methods out there that can help boost your memory.
So today we’re heading to Men’s Fitness where they have a quick post all about how brain training can help you boost your intelligence by huge rates. However, while they go through a few different methods to help your brain around, they do have some important information to relate regarding how those memory-boosting smartphone apps may not really be all that effective:
They found that, even with 20 days of mental training, games designed to strengthen working memory didn’t lead to any improvements in general fluid intelligence, the kind used to reason and solve problems.
This is bad news for people looking to become “smarter” while playing games on their (appropriately named) smartphone.
In some cases, though, people who trained on complex memory problems became better at other memory tasks. Having a stronger working memory, say researchers, could help you switch rapidly between complex tasks—such as driving while talking on a cell phone, or having conversations with two people.
The researchers want to do more research to see if brain-training games actually help with tasks in the real world. In the meantime, keep playing if you’re having fun… Just don’t expect to become a super genius.
Head on over to check out the rest of the rest of the information. And then get to boosting your memory in all of teh right ways.
About Rick Mosely Rick is the editor for TSB magazine.