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Apps That Claim to Boost Your Brainpower

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Smartphones and tablets offer many tools, among them apps that claim to boost your brainpower.

Action 2 News This Morning took a look at some of these apps and what they do:

LUMINOSITY

According to the company, the app is used by more than 20 million people around the world. You can play fun memory games -- matching shapes, claiming to help you remember locations of objects. It tracks your progress: speed, memory, attention, problem solving. The first sessions are free, but to continue, you have to be a subscriber. 

FIT BRAINS

Fit Brains is from the Rosetta Stone company.

This has various number games, matching and memory games that track your time, accuracy and lets you see how much you're improving.

It's free to start, then you have to pay to get additional levels. There's also a kid's version.


There is some controversy about whether or not these type of games really can help prevent Alzheimer's disease or help kids with attention deficit.

A lot of this is fairly new and some researchers say just not enough long term studies to back the claims.





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