Walter R. Boot, Ph.D.
Walter R. Boot, Ph.D., is an associate professor of psychology at Florida State University. His research interests include how humans perform and learn to master complex tasks (especially tasks with safety-critical consequences), how age influences perceptual and cognitive abilities vital to the performance of these tasks, and how technological interventions can improve the well-being and cognitive functioning of older adults. Boot has published extensively on the topic of technology-based interventions involving digital games, and is one of six principal investigators of the Center for Research and Education on Aging and Technology Enhancement (CREATE). He has also been funded by the Florida Department of Transportation since 2011 to conduct studies of aging road users; specifically examining countermeasures to protect older adults as they navigate roadways as drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians. Boot received his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2007.
The Brain-Games Conundrum: Does Cognitive Training Really Sharpen the Mind?
Few topics in the world of neuroscience evoke as much debate as the effectiveness of cognitive training. Do you misplace your keys regularly? Forget appointments? Have trouble remembering names? No worries. A host of companies promise to “train” your brain with games designed to stave off mental decline. Regardless of their effectiveness, their advertising has convinced tens of thousands of people to open their wallets. As our authors review the research on cognitive-training products, they expose the science surrounding the benefits of brain games as sketchy at best.