Curtin University researchers have shown that a US-designed software program can add up to 10 years of speed, accuracy and recall to an individual's brain age.
The program is designed by US neurosurgeon Mike Merzenich and needs to be used at least 40 minutes a day, five days a week for eight weeks in order to have the desired effect.
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