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Brain training apps don't seem to do much of anything

But figuring out whether or not they work is almost as tough as creating them.

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are pretty fun, but most of us don't expect much more than that from entertainment media. But what if a fun video game , conveniently, helped you succeed more in school and in life? That’s the idea behind the plethora of “brain training” apps on the market today. But just as quickly as they’ve hit the virtual shelves of iTunes and the like, . A new study out this week in the found that one popular app, Lumosity, doesn’t do anything for your brain—other than helping you get better at playing the game itself.

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