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Brain Training
Written by Catherine Davis   

Brain training is based on the premise that like the body, the mind needs regular exercise in order to stay healthy.

Brain training puzzles are now found in most newspapers and there is a lot of new software on the market which is said to help stimulate the brain and give it a work out. Computer games include a variety of cognitive exercises such as doing simple arithmetic, drawing pictures and reading literature out loud.

Many brain training puzzles do improve working memory and the speed with which a task can be done. There have also been claims that computerised brain training programmes can enhance intelligence and general problem solving ability. While some researchers remain sceptical, studies do suggest that keeping the mind active may have various benefits, including reducing the risk of dementia.

There are many ways to do this, and it has not been proven that the only way is a computerised training programme. Playing a musical instrument, chess, crossword puzzles, sudoku and reading a good book can all help to sustain mental agility.

Finally, studies also suggest that walking for half an hour three times a week can boost mental abilities such as abstract reasoning by fifteen percent.

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BBC Test - take part. Does brain training really work? Take part in an online experiment with the BBC. Train your brain for 10 minutes a day, 3 times a week for 6 weeks and see what difference it makes. 29 09 09 

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