Is Successful Brain Training Fake News?: Neurologists Parse Out the Messaging for Patients – Neurology Today

Read article - In response to claims from high-profile athletes about the benefits of computerized brain training games, cognitive neurologists offer advice on how to separate the hype from the hope for patients. The article quotes James L. Bernat, MD, FAAN, a medical ethicist and neurologist who holds the Louis and Ruth Frank Professorship in Neuroscience at Geisel, who said that he thinks it is important for physicians to help patients sort out what their goals are in using a brain training program. He makes a distinction between training and prevention. “If it really is a form of training, I have no quarrel with that,” said Dr. Bernat, who added that the questionable goal has to do with prevention.