Brain-teasing games do not sharpen memory or increase intellectual function. Photo: Alamy

No, playing brain games won’t make you smarter – they’re just a bit of fun

All you learn from solving brain teasers, puzzles and crosswords is how to solve them better, say experts; there’s no wider application to real-world tasks

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Brain-teasing games do not sharpen memory or increase intellectual function. Photo: Alamy
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Sasha Gonzales

Sasha Gonzales

Sasha writes about a variety of subjects, from health and beauty to design, architecture, food and travel. Her work has appeared in a number of publications in Asia, including Wine & Dine, The Peak, SilverKris and Her World Singapore. She has been writing regularly for the South China Morning Post since 2011.