I always see these Lumosity ads on TV, and I personally feel they are just trying to "sell me something". I did some layman's research (wikipedia) and read that "Studies of Lumosity's effectiveness have shown mixed results".

Does anyone with knowledge on the topic of learning know if the "brain games" they post are simply games? I guess the proper question would be:

Can games like the ones Lumosity offers increase cognitive ability?

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    $\begingroup$ This question on Cognitive Science SE has a couple good answers about this topic: cogsci.stackexchange.com/questions/1705/… $\endgroup$ Jun 25, 2015 at 16:47
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    $\begingroup$ Most advertisements are trying to "sell you something", namely, the product being advertised. $\endgroup$
    – augurar
    Jun 28, 2015 at 7:45
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    $\begingroup$ I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because the purpose of SE Biology is not to make judgement on television programmes or advertisments. This is not therefore a question about biology that allows an objective answer. $\endgroup$
    – David
    Oct 4, 2018 at 13:24

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Zickefoose et al. did a study, and showed that while you might improve while playing the game, it called into question if you actually improved outside of just getting better at the game.

Redick et al. also reported that when they did a double blind study in brain games like Luminosity that you improved in the games, but they didn't see any transfer from game to every-day life.

Also see my previous answer on the topic: Cognitive Science Forum

  • $\begingroup$ I figured as much, although only based on personal opinion more than actual data. Thanks $\endgroup$
    – Ro Siv
    Jun 25, 2015 at 16:46
  • $\begingroup$ wow, that's even harsher than I was expecting :O (expected it to at least have some effect, though less than most other/better forms of studying/training/etc.) $\endgroup$ Jun 25, 2015 at 22:34

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