Research Ethics For Computerized Cognitive Training Interventions

Stanford Center for Longevity and the Max Planck Institute for Human Development, in Berlin, released “A Consensus on the Brain-Training Industry From the Scientific Community,” (2013) a statement objecting “to the claim that brain games offer consumers a scientifically grounded avenue to reduce or reverse cognitive decline.”

70 psychology, neuroscience, and gerontology professors in the area signed this letter.

The general conclusion was:

“Some of the initial results are promising and make further research highly desirable. However, at present, these findings do not provide a sound basis for the claims made by commercial companies selling brain games. ….The promise of a magic bullet detracts from the best evidence to date, which is that cognitive health in old age reflects the long-term effects of healthy, engaged lifestyles. ”


Structural Core of the Cerebral Cortex and Consciousness

The precuneus is part of a recently evolved neural network subserving self-awareness and conscious experience. In association with prefrontal cortices, this system underlies not just conscious awareness but awareness of agency – in action and in thought