The Great Australian Brain-Training Challenge is a research project being carried out by research staff in the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, at Curtin University, Perth, WA.
The project aims to evaluate 'brain training' programs and games, and to find out if these games really do make people smarter. There are many different products available to buy and they usually include problem solving, reasoning, attention and memory games. We have designed games that are similar to the ones used in other Brain Training programs. They may not have the same bells and whistles of the other programs. But, we believe this is a good thing! We are asking you to help us find whether brain-training programs really work! And, if so, for who? We are looking for participants of all ages to take part in this study: children and teenagers from 8 years onwards, as well as adults aged 18 years and older.
What is involved?
Taking part is free, and all we ask, is that you and/or your children play our online computer games for around 15-20 minutes, three times a week, for 6 weeks. The Training Tasks page shows some examples of the kinds of games that you will be playing over the training period.
By looking at how your scores on these games change, over the 6 weeks, we can see how much the training has improved your ‘brain power’. To play the games, you will need a computer (with a keyboard and mouse), which is connected to the internet. Once you have started the ‘training’, you will be able to see your own scores and how much you have improved each time you play. At the end of the project, you will be able to help us answer the question: Do brain training programs really work?
How do I register?
If you're interested in taking part, please CLICK HERE TO REGISTER, or on the Registration tab, at the top of this page.