'Brain-training' games do not boost cognitive skills among older adults, study finds

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Susan Perry A recent study offers yet more evidence that commercial “brain-training” computer games do not give the brain any kind of extra cognitive “boost” in old age.This is more bad news for the billion-dollar brain-training industry, which already took a blow last year when the Federal Trade Commission fined Lumos Labs, the manufacturer of the widely advertised Luminosity brain-training games, $2 million for deceiving customers with unsubstantiated suggestions that its products could help protect against memory loss and even dementia.The idea that brain-training games can combat age-related cognitive decline hinges on something called “far transfer” — “the notion that training specific cognitive functions that support the...

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