If I Only Had a Brain VIDEO GAME
Published Jun 01, 2006Sigh. My Nintendo DS thinks Im 46. I think it has something to do with, um, er, my, uh memory. Yeah, thats it. After years of being told videogames make us dumberer, Japanese neuroscientist Ryuta Kawashima, a professor at Tohoku University, has possibly sussed out how to reverse the process. After his research revealed gamings dumbing-down dangers, Nintendo funded development of new DS handheld title Brain Age, a multi-million-selling hit in Japan, especially amongst the baby boomers and senior citizens. Designed for daily "workouts, a series of tests determine your cerebral age 20 is tip-top shape and then uses Kawashimas theory that doing math problems, reading aloud, memorisation and other mental mini-games increases blood flow to your brain, making it healthier and younger. Then maybe youll remember where the hell you put the damned DS.