27 Mar '12, 4pm

Brain games that improve your health - Mother Nature Network

Brain games that improve your health - Mother Nature Network

Brain games may help improve willpower and even help with addiction. A study conducted at Maastricht University in the Netherlands set out to see if brain training could help enhance the memory of a group of people researchers called “problem drinkers” and boost their willpower to abstain from alcohol. The drinkers were divided into two groups — one doing 25 challenging sessions of working memory training and the other a control group. “Problem drinkers in the active condition group increased their working memory, which was not the case in the control group,” says study co-author Reinout Wiers, Ph.D., a professor of developmental psychopathology at the University of Amsterdam, who specializes in the assessment and modification of cognitive processes in addiction. The brain training group also drank less than usual for over a month after the study was over.

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/health/fitness-well-being/stories/brai...

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