A number of the country’s top scientists have concluded in the journal Psychological Science in the Public Interest that “brain-training” programs like Lumosity have not been shown to work. They say in their paper that “there does not yet appear to be sufficient evidence to justify the claim that brain training is an effective tool for enhancing real-world cognition.” You may remember the Federal Trade Commission punishing brain training company Lumosity with a fine of nearly $2 million dollars for false claims about the effectiveness of their product and a failure to provide supporting evidence.
The take away of the paper is that while these sorts of online games and programs can help you improve at the games themselves, this has not been shown to translate to real world improvement. While it is true that there are some examples “brain-training” success stories like driving simulators helping with actual driving, this is a far cry from what has been promised from a number of these training programs. The public should be wary of any sort of program that does not provide peer-reviewed evidence for their product.