Byline: Jenny Hope Medical Correspondent
THEY are marketed as an entertaining workout for the grey matter.
But brain training games could actually help reverse memory loss in head injury victims and dementia sufferers, according to research.
In a study, playing the computer games was almost twice as effective at improving memory as performing similar exercises with a pen and paper.
Psychologists from London Metropolitan University claim just 15 minutes a day spent on brain training exercises promotes the growth of new brain cells - and could help those with memory problems lead more independent lives. The researchers studied 64 people, aged from 20 to 71 and suffering problems including traumatic brain damage, stroke and dementia.
One group of volunteers were given handheld electronic devices and asked to play a brain training game which tested short-term memory for just 15 minutes.
The others carried out traditional word recall exercises using pen and paper.
The researchers then tested all the participants on a traditional memory recall task, and found a significant improvement in both groups. But for those who had practised on computer …