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Tuesday 27 September 2016

Irish academics' game gives your brain a boost

Jane O'Faherty

Published 12/07/2016 | 02:30

The game could be set to join Pokémon Go in the iTunes and Android bestsellers, as Dr Roche indicated that the next step would to be create an app. Stock Image
The game could be set to join Pokémon Go in the iTunes and Android bestsellers, as Dr Roche indicated that the next step would to be create an app. Stock Image

A team of Irish academics have developed the only brain-training game scientifically proven to make players smarter.

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RaiseYourIQ, created by Dr Sarah Cassidy and Dr Bryan Roche of NUI Maynooth, has allowed young users to increase their IQ by 23 points on average.

Dr Roche said the game helped players to develop skills in numerical reasoning, spatial awareness and faster information processing.

"What sets the SMART system apart from other 'brain-training' tools is that SMART doesn't merely enhance the users' memory," he said.

"Instead, the training develops our relational skills which are the fundamental building-blocks of intelligent thought."

The favourable results are drawn from case studies of children in Ireland, Sweden and Spain, who all showed increased IQ levels after playing the game.

The online challenge isn't just child's play either, as Dr Roche revealed that adults also struggle with the harder levels.

Dr Roche also pointed out that there was no statistical evidence to suggest that players with a higher IQ are better equipped to win.

"In short, being clever won't make you beat the others," he said.

The game could be set to join Pokémon Go in the iTunes and Android bestsellers, as Dr Roche indicated that the next step would to be create an app.

Lynn Bird, a teacher at Rathmore National School in Co Kildare, said: "The students really seemed to enjoy using the programme and have definitely benefited from the training it gave them.

"As an educator, it's very exciting to have this new, powerful teaching tool available to us."

The game is available on www.RaiseYourIQ.com.

Irish Independent

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