Do “Brain-Training” Programs Work?

  title={Do “Brain-Training” Programs Work?},
  author={D. Simons and W. Boot and N. Charness and S. Gathercole and C. Chabris and D. Z. Hambrick and Elizabeth A. L. Stine-Morrow},
  journal={Psychological Science in the Public Interest},
  pages={103 - 186}
  • D. Simons, W. Boot, +4 authors Elizabeth A. L. Stine-Morrow
  • Published 2016
  • Psychology, Medicine
  • Psychological Science in the Public Interest
  • In 2014, two groups of scientists published open letters on the efficacy of brain-training interventions, or “brain games,” for improving cognition. The first letter, a consensus statement from an international group of more than 70 scientists, claimed that brain games do not provide a scientifically grounded way to improve cognitive functioning or to stave off cognitive decline. Several months later, an international group of 133 scientists and practitioners countered that the literature is… CONTINUE READING
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