Modern brain training games have been found to benefit people recovering from brain injuries. The results of the study will be presented today, 16th April 2010, at the British Psychological Society's Annual Conference in Stratford-upon-Avon.

In the study, conducted by psychologists at London Metropolitan University, 32 people with a brain injury (recruited to the study through a brain injury charity, Headway East London) were asked to play a brain training game on a handheld electronic device (iPhone) for just 15 minutes. Researchers then tested the participants on a traditional memory recall task after the game, and found a significant improvement.

Participants were also overwhelmingly favourable about using the games, and perceived them as fun and engaging and said they would continue to use them.

Dr Simon Moore said: "It is really interesting to find that people with brain injuries both benefited from, and enjoyed these brain training games, and we hope that they can become part of treatment programmes that improve brain injured patients' independence and self-fulfilment."

The study was carried out by Linton Khor while an undergraduate at the London Metropolitan University, and supervised by Dr Simon Moore.

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