Bang Goes The Theory is a family-friendly Open University BBC programme which carries out scientific experiments on air to prove a scientific theory.
This week the show was about boosting brain power. Various experiments were conducted, including involving Internet users, to see whether the brain-training computer games on the market really boost brain development and power, including memory tests. The result, concluded after six weeks of testing and using a control group of people to verify the value of these tests, showed that these "brain enhancing" computer game products had no impact on improving spatial awareness, memory or any other forms of brain improvement.
Next, a pod was placed in Covent Garden, London, which allowed the person sitting inside to listen to Mozart without the noise of normal hustle and bustle of a typical city street. The candidate then completed a series of puzzles, and found that listening to Mozart actually did improve brain power on a short term basis. The experiment was tried on several candidates, to find the same results. Then other candidates were to listen to rock music inside the pod. Again there was a short-term improvement of brain power, against a third group of people who sat in the pod in silence, which showed no improvement. Therefore music listened to before an exam may be very benefitial.
But the experiments did show a distinct improvement of memory power among candidates who spent some time on physical exercise, the elliptical cross-trainer were the machines used on the show. Physical exercise was proved to stimulate the brain on a long time basis, unlike music, which had only a short time benefit.
Part of my weight-loss program is to exercise in the gym, using the elliptical, in addition to this, to go out for a run on a regular basis. After watching this programme, I feel like going out to buy a home cross training machine.