Lumosity Reaches $2M Settlement with FTC Over Exaggerated ‘Brain Training’ Claims

EdSurge, Jan 06, 2016
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Do 'brain trainers' work? There's no evidence they do, and that's what landed Lumosity in hot water. "The developer, Lumos Labs, agreed to a $2 million settlement with the Federal Trade Commission over misleading ads that its games can improve performance in schools, athletics, and even in the workplace. The settlement (PDF) also found that testimonials were 'not spontaneously generated by consumers'". Last year the Stanford Center on Longevity and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development published a 'consensus paper' expressing doubt about brain trainers. Here's the FTC Blog making the case: "there isn’t solid science showing that Lumosity’s 'brain training' games work the way they say they would."

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