Do “Brain-Training” Programs Work? 10/2016

Do “Brain-Training” Programs Work?
Psychological Science in the Public Interest October 2016 17: 103-186
http://psi.sagepub.com/content/17/3/103.abstract
Daniel J. Simons, … Elizabeth A. L. Stine-Morrow

Based on this examination, we find extensive evidence that brain-training interventions improve performance on the trained tasks, less evidence that such interventions improve performance on closely related tasks, and little evidence that training enhances performance on distantly related tasks or that training improves everyday cognitive performance.
We also find that many of the published intervention studies had major shortcomings in design or analysis that preclude definitive conclusions about the efficacy of training, and that none of the cited studies conformed to all of the best practices we identify as essential to drawing clear conclusions about the benefits of brain training for everyday activities.
We conclude with detailed recommendations for scientists, funding agencies, and policymakers that, if adopted, would lead to better evidence regarding the efficacy of brain-training interventions.

Keywords:

  • brain training
  • cognitive training
  • learning
  • transfer
  • cognitive
  • skill

related:

http://psi.sagepub.com/content/17/3.toc

journalistic version:
http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2016/10/03/496120962/brain-game-claims-fail-a-big-scientific-test

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