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A daily 20-minute ‘brain training’ session on the DS Lite appears to help improve kids' learning and behaviour skills, according to research conducted by government educational body Learning and Teaching Scotland (LTS).

The organisation recently ran a ten-week trial at Dundee school St Columba's Primary. Children aged between ten and 11 spend the first 20 minutes of every school day playing More Brain Training with Dr Kawashima on the handheld console.

Teachers reported rapid improvements in pupil behaviour, co-operation with other kids and their ability to focus on lessons.

The study also recorded recognisable improvements in pupils’ mental arithmetic skills, concentration levels, quality of behaviour and ability get on with tasks on their own.

The trial has been so successful that daily sessions with the software may be implemented in other Scottish schools, LTS said.

Although the report’s findings seem positive for children, there’s no official recommendation that adults will get the same benefit by playing the game before work each day. However, it’s another weapon in your armoury of excuses if your boss catches you playing with a DS Lite during working hours...

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