Brain training works best in groups

The University of Sydney study found computerised cognitive training can boost memory and thinking skills in people older than 60, but it also pointed out that many programs promoted by the $1 billion industry are ineffective.

The researchers, headed by Associate Professor Michael Valenzuela, analysed more than 50 studies involving 5000 participants, comparing the results of those who undertook brain training in a group environment and at home.

“We found it was effective when supervised and not effective when done at home,” said