Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Brain Gain

by Gary Niederhoff on August 26, 2019

Big Picture Science – Skeptic Check: Brain Gain

Looking to boost your brainpower? Luckily, there are products promising to help. Smart drugs, neurofeedback exercises, and brain-training video games all promise to improve your gray matter’s performance. But it’s uncertain whether these products really work. Regulatory agencies have come down hard on some popular brain training companies for false advertising. But other brain games have shown benefits in clinical trials. And could we skip the brain workout altogether and pop a genius pill instead?

In our monthly look at critical thinking, we separate the pseudo from the science of commercial cognitive enhancement techniques.

Listen to individual segments here:
Part 1: Smart Drugs
Part 2: Brain Training
Part 3: Brain Power
Part 4: Brain Flexibility

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