Brain-training programs like the ones offered by Luminosity and LearningRx claim to boost intelligence and even offset the effects of aging. A re-evaluation of the existing scientific literature on the matter shows these claims are complete bullshit.
A new study published in Psychological Science in the Public Interest concludes that brain-training games don’t work as advertized, a finding that could make life more difficult for companies that develop such programs. Earlier this year, the Federal Trade Commission fined Luminosity nearly $2 million for making false claims about the effectiveness of its product, and for failing to produce supporting science. This latest study represents another serious setback for the company and others with similar offerings.