Professor Calls Shenanigans On Nintendo's 'Brain Age' And Dr. Ryuta Kawashima


Posted January 26, 2009 - By r_pad

A French professor has called shenanigans on Nintendo's line of Brain Age games. Alain Lieury, professor of cognitive psychology at the University of Rennes, Brittany, has refuted many of Nintendo's claims about Brain Age, such as the game improving blood flow to the brain and increasing "practical intelligence." He even goes as far as to insult Dr. Ryuta Kawashima, the man whose theories Brain Age is based on. In an article by Times Online, Lieury said:

"The Nintendo DS is a technological jewel. As a game it's fine, but it is charlatanism to claim that it is a scientific test. There were few positive effects and they were weak. DrKawashima is one of a long list of dream merchants."

The Times also reported "Lieury said that helping one's children with their homework, reading, playing Scrabble or Su Doku or watching documentaries instead of soap operas matched or beat the console." Now, I'm all for questioning theories, but I draw the line at insulting Dr.Kawashima. Professor Lieury might think he's a quack, but to gamers he's that friendly floating head that guides us through the Brain Age games.

Personally, I never really took Brain Age's claims all that seriously. However, I can see how some Nintendo customers, particularly those unfamiliar with gaming, might believe the claims.

Do you think Lieury is correct on tearing down Kawashima's theories? Or do think he's an uptight Frenchman that forgot to down his his cafe au lait and pain au chocolate?


Professor Calls Shenanigans On Nintendo's 'Brain Age' And Dr. Ryuta Kawashima


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