A new study found that this brain training game can significantly help you focus.
“Decoder,” a phone game designed by researchers at the University of Cambridge, has been shown to improve cognitive performance similar to effects seen by using stimulants like methylphenidate, which is found in ADHD medications like Ritalin.
The study, which was published in the journal Frontiers in Behavioural Neuroscience, surveyed 75 adults in three groups. One group was assigned to use “Decoder” during eight one-hour sessions, while the second group played bingo and a third group received no game. They were then asked to take a series of tests that measured their attention and concentration.
Researchers found that participants who were given “Decoder” scored much higher than the other two groups.
“Many people tell me that they have trouble focusing their attention,” George Savulich, a research associate at the University of Cambridge and co-author of the study, wrote in a press release. “We hope that the game will be beneficial for patients who have impairments in attention, including those with ADHD or traumatic brain injury. We plan to start a study with traumatic brain injury patients this year.”
“Decoder” was licensed to app developer Peak, and is now available for free on iPhones.