Brain Test Britain - Results in-depth

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Everything you need to know about the experiment, from how it was designed to a full breakdown of the results.

For a quick summary, read 'The results: Brain training games don't make us smarter'

Thank you!

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Lab UK experiments can’t work without the thousands who take part. Here’s a thank you to everyone who helped make this a success!

Experiment design

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Find out why we did the experiment, how it was designed and who designed it.

About the benchmarking tests

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Find out why we used benchmarking tests in the experiment, and what those tests were.

About the brain training games

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Find out why we had three training groups and what the games were designed to do. You can even have a go at the games yourself.

Benchmarking results

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A full breakdown of the results from our benchmarking tests, and the scientific conclusions drawn from them.

Training results

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A full breakdown of the results from our brain training games, including the scientific conclusions drawn from those results.

About the participants

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Find out more about the people who took part in the largest ever study of computer-based brain training.

Further research into over 60s

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We ran a second phase of the experiment with participants aged 60 and over. Find out why.

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