games don't necessarily make you smarter, and it is "charlatanism" to make such a claim. Those are the conclusions drawn by one Alain Lieury, professor of cognitive psychology at the University of Rennes. The professor's findings were picked up by The Times
, which loves itself a good story (from 2006).
Lieury surveyed 67 ten-year-old kids in his study, which compared the impact of Brain Age
on intelligence with pencil and paper-based puzzles and going to school (in case anybody was seriously entertaining the thought of homeschooling their child with a DS).The Times
covers the precise results of the study in its article
, but the long and short of it is: Brain Age
won't help you raise an army of miniature geniuses and take over the free world. Boo. "The Nintendo DS is a technological jewel. As a game it's fine," writes Lieury in his new book, Stimulate Your Neurones
. "But it is charlatanism to claim that it is a scientific test."
Which is great and all, but is anybody terribly surprised