Is Traditional Brain Training Harmful?

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#1 3 December, 2016 - 15:10
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Is Traditional Brain Training Harmful?

Brain training may be harmful to some aspects of memory performance

Why would working memory training worsen recognition memory performance? Some clues come from the participants’ comments about their use of strategies – those in the working memory training group were more likely than others to say they used a “shallow” strategy such as simple mental repetition (not very effective when studying dozens of words), or no strategy at all. The researchers speculated that perhaps the experience of working memory training discourages us from using effective strategies, maybe because it encourages a confidence in and reliance on one’s basic memory processes.

...This is just one study with a relatively small sample and it only used one kind of test to measure recognition memory performance, so it shouldn’t be treated as decisive evidence.

4 December, 2016 - 05:56
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Very interesting, thanks for sharing. This is a nice post, as usual for Christian Jarret.

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