New work involving leading UK neuropsychologist Susan Gathercole indicates that brain training has no lasting effects.
Based on claims that this could enhance IQ, reading and math, the researchers randomized children to intensive “brain training” of working memory. The trial was large (over 450 6-year olds) and well controlled, and at one and two year follow ups found… “no improvements in reading, spelling or mathematics”.
WM training is being urged (and even paid for) as an intervention for children. The new data say this should end.