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Brain training apps won’t work actually, nasty truth

Craze for the brain training apps is increasing because of the different appealing claims being made by the developers. But if we deeply study about the facts and results of these brain games then it must add to the skepticism. Playing these games is not harmful but they don’t help to enhance everyday cognitive functions.

There are many brain training apps like Lumosity, CogniFit, Jungle memory and CogMed etc. but these all are bogus; nasty reality. You should use some memory boost or stick to some super foods for your brain. I am sure the second option will work for you.

In year 2005 Micheal Scanlon with David Drescher and Kunal Sarkar started up the company after completing their Ph.D in Neuroscience at Stanford. They were the developer of brain training app Lumosity that hyped the success. This app was being downloaded for about 50,000 times per day. It is based on the science of neuroplasticity. In year 2007 they launch their website officially.

In their brain training website they promotes about lumosity ability to boost memory, attention, processing speed, flexibility, attention, multitasking and brains problem-solving ability in general. They offer a personalized training program in this website and it includes more than 40 games. They also introduce an impressive PDF that recount the individual’s brain performance test (BPT) score before and after training session.


All the claims being made by the developers were too good to be true and also to believe. With the Lumosity there are many other brain training competing websites. And the research work in order to find the evidences of the brain training sites were not decoded with the brain cognitive function improvement and decision making. A paper published in the journal of neuroscience that explains the brain training apps specially Lumosity methodology and results.

In their research they take a group of 64 people that paly Lumosity game for 30 minutes daily for ten weeks. Second group of 64 people play web based video games. Third group of 64 people served as a contact control. After ten weeks the results based on complete cognitive exam (a test to access decision making and risk tolerance) and brain scan received by the researchers prove the developers of Lumosity game WRONG. In year 2014 about 70 scientist wrote open letter that states “there are little evidences that the brain games can do what they claimed to be’’.

Lumosity labeled their online products as the personal trainer for your brain, improving your brain performance with the science of neuroplasticity. But in a fun way that just feels like games. But now the label has been replaced with another message that says, we need to do more research to determine the link between assessment scores and everyday tasks in participant’s lives.

Study Findings:

This study proves that the cognitive training or brain game apps are not better than the video games to improve brain function. The improvement in the scores is due to the cognitive brain training. But it will not help in increasing memory and decision making. So, the fact is playing these brain training apps are not harmful at all. But their association with the brain training, memory boost and multitasking is not so true. If you find this article useful, let us know.


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