Psychology

Is brain training a sham?

From Cosmos Magazine, June 21, 2016. (Image: Salva via Flickr)

An app that improves fluid intelligence – the kind of smarts that help you solve unfamiliar problems – is the holy grail of the billion-dollar brain training industry. Not only would such an app give you an intellectual edge, but it could stave off the mental decline caused by ageing.

Or so the thinking goes.

But the positive effects seen in some brain training studies could be little more than a placebo effect induced by sloppy recruitment practices, according to a new study. Read more…

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