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Cognitive games

Cognitive games are fun to play and can have positive short-term effects on executive functions, such as working memory and attention.  The long-term efficacy and transferability of cognitive games is still vigorously debated, with bold, weakly supported statements made both for and against.  The jury is still out and more data must be collected.  The only way to determine if cognitive games help executive function in the long-term and with transferability to other domains is to test these hypotheses.

Here are a just few references on both sides to help you determine your own position. For the most recent work, go to Google Scholar or PubMed and enter "cognitive game" or the like.

Scientific articles in support
Scientific articles against