Do Brain Games Improve Memory?

by Hon Lee on January 12, 2015

Brain plays videogames            Have you downloaded apps like Luninosity and Fit Brains that claim to boost cognitive function and prevent mental decline? Many people hope that playing games on their smartphones and iPads will improve their memory and mental focus. However, according to David Linden, a professor of neuroscience at John Hopkins, the effects are small and don’t last. An article in the Fall 2014 John Hopkins Health Review quotes Linden as saying that he has two words to keep our brains fit: physical exercise.

“I’m not talking killer exercises or running marathons. Even moderate, low-intensity exercise is five times more beneficial to cognitive tasks than playing brain games on your iPad,” Linden says.  Research shows that exercise increases brain volume and activity patterns. This is especially good for older people, making it easier for them to avoid so-called senior moments like forgetting where they parked their car at the shopping mall.


Hon K. Lee is a Licensed Acupuncturist in Herndon, VA., and the founder of Sports Edge Acupuncture Clinic. He is also an author, teacher, martial arts instructor, qigong practitioner and a U.S. Marine combat veteran. Proceeds from the sale of his memoirs go to charities that benefit wounded warriors and their families.

Hon Lee – who has written posts on Acupuncture Herndon, VA.

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