–Update Jan 18, 2016–  The creators and marketers of the Lumosity “brain training” program have agreed to settle Federal Trade Commission charges alleging that they deceived consumers with unfounded claims that Lumosity games can help users perform better at work and in school, and reduce or delay cognitive impairment associated with age and other serious health conditions.  Read more…

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We’ve all seen the commercials…

Play for only minutes a day and train your brain online or on your mobile device and you’ll become sharper, smarter, and altogether happier. Lumosity, Fit Brains, Brain Age, Brain Challenge, Clockwork Games, and Mind Games are among a list of many brain training services available.

But do the games and exercises on these websites, apps, and services actually make your smarter? What about more classic games like crossword puzzles, word finds, and Sudoku?  Does brain training actually work?

Let’s review some of the evidence regarding brain training…

Does brain training really work?

The short answer is that… there’s no real answer yet.

The studies performed are often conducted by the companies making the claims about their services, so they should be taken with a grain of salt.  External evidence is lacking, and some studies contradict each other.  Therefore, it seems like more careful, independent studies are necessary before we can conclusively say that brain training actually works.

The Truth About Brain Training: http://visual.ly/truth-about-brain-training