The goal of the program is to find out whether playing games can help children build fundamental cognitive skills, and how these improvements are reflected in the brain. Initial studies have shown promising gains in reasoning ability and cognitive speed after just 8 weeks of cognitive training. Now, we’re hoping to expand this work and learn whether gains in these skills lead to improvements in academic performance.

If you are a teacher, principal or after-school program coordinator, and would like to find out how to get involved in this research, please email Belen Guerra-Carrillo ( Please note that the study can be administered online. People in or outside the Bay Area are welcome to contact us.

You can download the following paper to learn more about our initial study:  Mackey_DevSci_withSuppl_2011