Friday, January 29, 2016

Cognitive Neuroscience (and Lumosity.com)

I have received many emails asking if I personally still plan to use Lumosity.com brain games, since the news reported their fine of a couple million dollars related to false advertising. The answer is ‘yes.’ Many companies have been found guilty of promising results that cannot be guaranteed. Studies repeatedly are showing some benefit to the brain related to cognitive brain exercises—but studies cannot guarantee results for a specific individual. Therefore, the best one can say is something to the effect that ‘stimulating and challenging brain exercises may help one retard if not prevent the onset of symptoms of cognitive aging . . .’  Let’s avoid allowing the baby to slip out with the bathwater.


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