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By Bahar Gholipour
Many “brain-training” games may be marketed as a way to boost people’s alertness and intelligence, but scientists are now warning that such claims are not based on actual science.
Sixty-nine scientists from around the world issued a statement this week, saying that there’s no compelling scientific evidence supporting the claims that playing brain games may actually help people enhance their mental powers or overcome the effects of aging on the brain.
The scientists didn’t indicate which brain-training products are making misleading claims and which aren’t. But the brain fitness business has been booming in recent years, forecasted to reach $6 billion in 2020, according to a market research group Sharp Brains.
The most well-known is the website Lumosity, which has more than 60 million subscribers in 180 countries, according to the company. California-based Happy Neuron has nearly 11 million users and offers brain training programs to stimulate the main five cognitive functions, including memory, attention, language, and logical thinking. Rosetta Stone’s Fit Brains offers games, designed by neuroscientists to help train crucial brain skills, the company says.
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