Computer-based brain training could help keep your mental tools sharp

But only if the training isn't boring to you and pushes your limits enough to produce real improvement.

People who live the most mentally active lives tend to maintain their memories and other cognitive skills as they age. Seeing an opportunity, brain scientists have joined forces with software developers to market products that promise to put your brain through its paces. These "mind games" use words, images, and sounds to tune up your memory, concentration, and attention.

To continue reading this article, you must login.
  • Research health conditions
  • Check your symptoms
  • Prepare for a doctor's visit or test
  • Find the best treatments and procedures for you
  • Explore options for better nutrition and exercise
Learn more about the many benefits and features of joining Harvard Health Online »