BRAIN-TRAIN­ING APP BOOSTS MEN­TAL CA­PAC­ITY

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Lu­mos­ity has been around a while, claim­ing to train your brain with games de­signed to “im­prove mem­ory, at­ten­tion, flex­i­bil­ity, speed of pro­cess­ing, and prob­lem solv­ing”. Turns out, those are bo­gus claims, as a new study dis­cov­ered. All that brain train­ing apps like Lu­mos­ity do is make you bet­ter at brain train­ing apps. 128 healthy adults were asked to play the games in 30-minute ses­sions five days a week for ten weeks and all of them got bet­ter at tak­ing cog­ni­tive tests, with no ef­fect on their cog­ni­tion it­self. A sim­i­lar group, as a con­trol, was set to play­ing video games to see if ei­ther ac­tiv­ity en­hanced de­ci­sion mak­ing, and the re­sult was... you guessed it, nah. Play­ing a brain-train­ing app? Don’t waste your time un­less you’re in it for the fun.

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