Brain Training

If you'be been following the field, you are probably aware of the recent (10/20/2014) joint statement from the scientific community, which concludes: "We object to the claim that brain games offer consumers a scientifically grounded avenue to reduce or reverse cognitive decline when there is no compelling scientific evidence to date that they do."

End of story? The picture is more complex. The ongoing scientific debate is summarized in this recent article in Cerebrum.

If you are a young adult, with satisfactory cognitive capacity, most "brain games" on the market today are unlikely to provide you with significant benefit. If you are over 40, or suffer from some form of cognitive infirmity, research shows more promise (see recent NIH-funded trial).

Best bet: try (dual) n-back training for working memory and attention. The exercise requires a higher level of focus and concentration than the typical Lumosity game: HighIQPro (commercial, $20-$50). Brain Workshop (open source).

Ongoing discussions of brain training at: Google Groups (exclusively on n-back) and Reddit.

SharpBrains, the market research firm which tracks "health and performace applications of neuroscience" provides ongoing, high quality coverage of the industry.

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News


A new study finds brain training improves quality of life in elderly
BEL MARRA HEALTH | 2017-07-24 18:00
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Espedilla: Preventing memory loss and dementia (Part 3) | SunStar
SUN.STAR | 2017-07-24 14:59
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Preventive measures might delay dementia - Mohave Daily News
MOHAVE VALLEY NEWS | 2017-07-23 03:24
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Brain Training May Change How Brain Uses Sensory Data
PSYCHCENTRAL.COM | 2017-07-20 09:34
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These Preventive Measures Might Help Delay Dementia Or Cognitive Decline
KAISER HEALTH NEWS | 2017-07-20 05:07
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'Brain training' program proves ineffective for some applications
MCKNIGHT'S SENIOR LIVING | 2017-07-18 03:51
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Brain-training games might not be as brainy as thought
CLEBURNE TIMES-REVIEW | 2017-07-17 18:45
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Emery W. Hart Jr., 70, of Grafton
COMMUNITY ADVOCATE | 2017-07-17 11:21
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Evidence Suggests Cognitive Training May Prevent Cognitive Decline, Dementia
OPEN MINDS (REGISTRATION) | 2017-07-16 23:55
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More Bad News For Brain-Training Games : 13.7: Cosmos And ...
NPR | 2017-07-14 09:03
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Online brain training games don't help you make good decisions, such as quitting smoking, study finds
SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST | 2017-07-14 06:33
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Commercial brain training doesn't improve decision making or ...
UPI.COM | 2017-07-13 15:51
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“Brain Training” Doesn't Work?
DISCOVER MAGAZINE (BLOG) | 2017-07-13 15:47
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Brain Training: No Effect on Cognitive Performance
MEDSCAPE | 2017-07-13 09:19
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Brain Training: No Effect on Cognitive Performance - Medscape
MEDSCAPE | 2017-07-13 09:19
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Brain training apps don't seem to do much of anything
POPULAR SCIENCE | 2017-07-12 11:20
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Brain-training games 'do not boost cognition'
MEDICAL NEWS TODAY | 2017-07-12 10:09
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Brain-training games don't work, a study suggests
CHICAGO TRIBUNE | 2017-07-11 10:33
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Brain training has no effect on decision-making or cognitive function, researchers report
SCIENCE DAILY | 2017-07-10 14:43
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'Brain training' app found to improve memory in people with mild cognitive impairment
SCIENCE DAILY | 2017-07-03 12:12
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'Brain training' app found to improve memory in people with mild cognitive impairment
SCIENCE DAILY | 2017-07-03 12:12
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Local concussion study publishes more promising results
CINCINNATI.COM | 2017-06-28 13:21
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Effects of subthalamic nucleus deep brain stimulation on emotional working memory capacity and mood in patients with ...
DOVE MEDICAL PRESS | 2017-06-19 23:26
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How to Improve Your Working Memory and Regain Focus
THE GOOD MEN PROJECT (BLOG) | 2017-05-26 18:01
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9 Apps and Tools That Build Better Retention
ADDITUDE | 2017-04-15 04:26
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You Can Become a Memory Champion, Too
DISCOVER MAGAZINE (BLOG) | 2017-03-20 16:26
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Can training your working memory make you smarter?
THE INDEPENDENT | 2017-03-14 20:06
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Don't Forget: You, Too, Can Acquire a Super Memory
SCIENTIFIC AMERICAN | 2017-03-09 06:52
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Researchers develop software which measures working memory in a more accessible way
UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL | 2017-01-24 06:08
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Cognitive Training Improves Verbal Memory in MS
MEDSCAPE | 2016-11-01 16:15
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Subreddit: BRAINTRAINING | 2017-04-26 16:46
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Subreddit: BRAINTRAINING | 2017-04-09 07:41