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Is Brain Training Worth It?

Title: Is Brain Training Worth It?: Exploring Predictors of Individuals’ Willingness to Engage in Brain Training.

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Name(s): Kmetz, Brandon V, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Bachelor Thesis
Date Issued: 2018-05-03
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Our aim was to assess how much time individuals would be willing to spend playing brain games to gain prolonged functional independence. In Experiment 1, data from 337 adults (ages 20-73) were collected. Participants completed a survey asking them how much time they would be willing to invest in daily brain training to extend their functional independence by certain amounts of time (e.g., 1 month, 1 year). Participants also completed surveys assessing self-perceived health and cognitive functioning, personality, technology experience, and demographic variables. Even for relatively small gains (extending functional independence 1 week), participants reported being willing to dedicate an average of 11.5 minutes (SD = 19) every day to brain training, with some participants reporting being willing to play for significantly longer. The best predictor of willingness to invest time into brain training was belief in brain training efficacy, β = .36, t(330) = 7.75, p < .001. There was also a positive association between self-perceptions of cognitive deficits and willingness to engage in brain training, β = .10, t(330) = 2.00, p < .05. Experiment 2 was much smaller (N = 29, all older adults), and thus could not effectively explore individual differences. However, it was found that participants were willing to invest a large amount of time for relatively small gains. Results indicate that individuals are willing to invest a significant amount of time each day playing brain games to remain in their own homes and be independent longer. However, intention to engage in daily brain training was influenced by the perceived amount of benefit and self-perceived cognitive deficits. This has implications for predicting the adoption of, and adherence to, potentially effective treatments for cognitive decline.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1525379156_c497aef6 (IID)
Keywords: cognitive training, brain training, gerontechnology
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Use and Reproduction: Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0)
Owner Institution: FSU

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Kmetz, B. V. (2018). Is Brain Training Worth It?: Exploring Predictors of Individuals’ Willingness to Engage in Brain Training. Retrieved from