Brain Training Doesn’t Make You Smarter

If you have spent more than about five minutes suffering the website, listening the radio, watching the TV in the past few years, you will understand that vital training – better called as brain training- is one of the hottest fresh trends in self development. Lumosity, which provides website-based jobs designed to get better amazing abilities such as attention or memory, boasts 50 million subscribers and National Public Radio advertisers.  Cogmed claims to be a PC based solution for focus issues caused by poor working memory, and BrainHQ will support you, make the most of your special brain. The promise of all these items, explicit or implied, is that brain training can make you little- and make you life perfect.

Yet, according to a statement launched by the Stanford University Center on Longevity and the institute of Berlin Max Planck for Human Development, there is no powerful scientific proof to back up this promise. Signed by 70 of the glob leading cognitive neuroscientist and psychologists, the statement minces no words:

“The powerful consensus of this group is that the systematic literature does not help says that the use of program-based brain games changes neural functioning in way that get better common cognitive act in regular life, or stop cognitive slowing and brain problem.

The statement also cautions that even though some brain training firms “present lists of credentialed technical consultants and save registries of technical studies pertinent to vital training... the cited research is just tangentially matched to the scientific claims of the firm, and to the games they sell.

This is bad news for the brain exercise industry, but it is not shocking. Little more than a decade ago, the harmony in psychology was that a person cleverness, though not fixed like height, is not simply raised. This harmony reflected a long history of failure. Psychologist had been trying to come up with ways to rise intelligence for more than a century, with small success.

The steady finding from this research was when people practice some job, they get better on than job, and maybe on very similar jobs, but not on other jobs. Play a videogame and you will get perfect at that videogame, and maybe at extremely similar videogames, the research said, but you would not get perfect at true-globe jobs like doing your work, driving a vehicle, or filling out your tax return.