I'm highly sceptical of what is often presented under the banner of "brain training". That said, a lot of people are interested in the topic, and it seems to be to be a bit distinct from "training" in general. I.e., it typical involves doing basic exercises with the aim of developing some domain general ability. In contrast I associate "training" with actual training of skills, such as workplace training or training in sports where people practice skills with the aim of developing those actual skills.

Thus, I was hoping I could add a "brain-training" tag so that all such questions would be better linked. What do people think?

I'd also think that the tag description would include a suitably critical view on the merits of brain training.

Questions under the brain training tag would include:

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I'd also think that the tag description would include a suitably critical view on the merits of brain training. Yes, I completely agree. Not everyone reads the tag wikis, though, so perhaps one of us could whip up a canonical "skeptical" question. –  Chuck Sherrington Aug 13 '13 at 7:45
    
@chuck I've put down a first draft of a tag wiki, but as the king of all things tag-related, I'd welcome any improvements. :-) –  Jeromy Anglim Aug 13 '13 at 11:28
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Looks good, I just made the tag links into tag icons and a did a couple of changes in wording. If you want you can move the "see other tags" back into the excerpt, but none of our other excerpts have those designations. –  Chuck Sherrington Aug 13 '13 at 11:45

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I would prefer a different name for that tag, e.g. cognitive training, mental training, or intelligence training. It seems to me that literally training your brain would mean improving your physiology, such as easing your blood flow or speeding up neural networking. This might be what is behind the mental improvements, but the focus of the questions is on the cognitive processes, not on the physiology.

Other than that, I'm for such a tag (even if you call it "brain training") and agree with your differentiation (training cognitive processes versus training skills that also use the brain).

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