There is a lot of media attention these days about new "brain health" and "brain training" products. The idea is that brains are like puppies: with practice and treats they can perform better. This could help us make better decisions.
The target market for software like Brain Age and Big Brain Academy is boomers who fear losing their edge to more buff-brained (i.e., younger) competitors. This is despite centuries of evidence showing the endearing drawbacks of young brains when attached to young endocrine, nervous, and other important body parts.
While promising, most of the buzz has no basis in conclusive research, because the new products have no track record.
Until the data roll in, I suggest the following. No software, gadgets, or extra cash are needed.
- Get [one-half hour] more sleep
- Eat better (you know how)
- Exercise your whole body, not just one part
- Read and listen to music
- Talk to other people (or your cat)