> ‘Brain training’, or the goal of improved cognitive function through
> the regular use of computerized tests, is a multimillion-pound
> industry, yet in our view scientific evidence to support its
> efficacy is lacking. Modest effects have been reported in some
> studies of older individuals and preschool children, and video-game
> players outperform non-players on some tests of visual attention5.
> However, the widely held belief that commercially available
> computerized brain-training programs improve general cognitive
> function in the wider population in our opinion lacks empirical
> support. The central question is not whether performance on
> cognitive tests can be improved by training, but rather, whether
> those benefits transfer to other untrained tasks or lead to any
> general improvement in the level of cognitive functioning. Here we
> report the results of a six-week online study in which 11,430
> participants trained several times each week on cognitive tasks
> designed to improve reasoning, memory, planning, visuospatial skills
> and attention. Although improvements were observed in every one of
> the cognitive tasks that were trained, no evidence was found for
> transfer effects to untrained tasks, even when those tasks were
> cognitively closely related.
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