As the concept of brain fitness (or, the brain’s ability to function efficiently and effectively in personal and professional life) goes mainstream, the proliferation of scientific findings, media reports, and commercial claims is generating much noise and confusion. Knowing what to believe and what to do presents a real-life puzzle, leading many people to either inaction or toward a focus on the wrong priorities.
This past October, sixty-nine scientists, convened by the Stanford Center on Longevity, released an announcement stating that there is a scientific consensus that brain training does not work (Allaire et al., 2014). By December, 127 scientists worldwide had signed another statement, challenging the previous “consensus” and supporting the value of brain training (Alescio-Lautier et al., 2014).
The problem here is not seeing the forest for the trees.
–> Keep reading the new article by Alvaro Fernandez for the Spring 2015 special issue of Generations: Solving the Brain Fitness Puzzle Is the Key to Self-Empowered Aging.