Archive for Brain Training

10/3/2016 – Do “Brain-Training” Programs Work?

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How could two teams of scientists examine the same literature and come to conflicting “consensus” views about the effectiveness of brain training? The disagreement might result from different standards used when evaluating the evidence. To date, the field has lacked a comprehensive review of the brain-training literature, one that examines both the quantity and the […]

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10/3/2016 – The Weak Evidence Behind Brain-Training Games

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Seven psychologists reviewed every single scientific paper put forward to support these products—and found them wanting. Read the full article at The Atlantic.

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10/3/2016 – Brain Game Claims Fail A Big Scientific Test

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Want to be smarter? More focused? Free of memory problems as you age? If so, don’t count on brain games to help you. That’s the conclusion of an exhaustive evaluation of the scientific literature on brain training games and programs. It was published Monday in the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest. Read the […]

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1/15/2016 – F.T.C.’s Lumosity Penalty Doesn’t End Brain Training Debate

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Lumosity’s ads, seemingly ubiquitous, appeared on television, radio and podcasts. The company purchased hundreds of search engine keywords so that computer users seeking information on dementia, Alzheimer’s and memory would encounter its online ads. Broader questions of whether cognitive training works, and for whom, still generate considerable debate, given that human brains change and grow […]

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1/5/2016 – Lumosity to Pay $2M to Settle FTC Charges Over ‘Brain Training’ Ads

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The company that created the Lumosity “brain training” program has agreed to pay $2 million to settle Federal Trade Commission charges that it deceived consumers into believing that its mind games could help users excel at work and school and reduce or delay “cognitive impairment associated with age and other serious health conditions.” Read the […]

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8/11/2015 – Does Anyone Care if “Brain Games” Actually Work?

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Debates about brain games’ efficacy have the cognitive fitness industry paying more attention to science — and what it means for business. Read the full article at Fortune.

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4/10/2015 – Brain training games: No proof they prevent cognitive decline

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Boosting your brain is a booming business, but scientists aren’t sold. Read the full article at CBC News.

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12/15/2014 – The Myth of the Brain Game

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Puzzles designed to sharpen mental acuity may not actually do much to improve memory or intelligence in the long run. Read the full article at The Atlantic.

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12/8/2014 – Can you improve brain health? Scientists weigh in

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Is playing fun video games really the answer to the threat of Alzheimer’s? Many scientists think not. According to the Stanford Center on Longevity (SCL) and the Berlin Max Planck Institute for Human Development, there’s no reliable scientific evidence to support the notion that cognitive training can improve overall brain performance. Read the full article […]

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12/2/2014 – Brain Training Doesn’t Make You Smarter

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According to a statement released by the Stanford University Center on Longevity and the Berlin Max Planck Institute for Human Development, there is no solid scientific evidence to back up this promise. Signed by 70 of the world’s leading cognitive psychologists and neuroscientists, the statement minces no words: “The strong consensus of this group is […]

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