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Move Over, Sudoku--Neurologists Release 3 Online Brain Training Games Scientifically Proven to Work


NYU Steinhardt Professor Jan L. Plass and his colleagues have created three digital games to help children and adults improve their cognitive skills.

While some digital games falsely claim to improve cognitive skills, these three games have actually been proven to do so. Evidenced through a series of research studies, these games can help users boost memory, inhibition, and cognitive flexibility.

"Can games actually have positive effects on players? We believe they can, and we designed three games to support learners in developing cognitive skills that researchers have identified as essential for success in daily life, executive functions," said Jan L. Plass, Paulette Goddard Professor of Digital Media and Learning Sciences at New York University's Steinhardt School of Culture Education and Human Development and co-creator of the games.

Plass—along with his colleagues Bruce D. Homer of the Graduate Center, City University of New York and Richard E. Mayer of University of California, Santa Barbara—developed the games as a result of a 4-year research project funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Institute of Education Sciences.