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Lumosity is a brain training software application that offers brain training games as cognitive training applications. The company behind this application is Lumos Labs, a company with its headquarters in San Francisco, United States. The company was founded in 2005 by Michael Scanlon, Kunal Sarkar and David Dresher and they are promoting the software through their official website.
According to the company statements, the game was developed upon consulting top scientists in various fields, including bioinformatics, cognitive psychology and neuroscience.
The latest cognitive research has proven that the brain is malleable and it can be trained to s certain extent with various “brain training games.” The study shows the brain’s placity allows for new neurons to be created, even late in life. Based on this concept, the Lumosity Brain Fitness Program is designed to target and improve certain cognitive thinking applications, such as visual memory, attention, cognitive flexibility, verbal fluency and spatial working memory.
The software can be used by people of all ages, including children and students. More than 15 completed studies support the importance and positive impact that cognitive training may have on key cognitive parameters such as those claimed by Lumosity.
The Lumosity brain training program consists in a number of different brain training mini-games that are specially designed to improve certain cognitive thinking applications. In addition to that, the games are designed to increase in difficulty as your abilities improve.
The overall design of the software is simple enough and everyone with a basic knowledge of internet browsing should have no difficulty using the website or trying the games.
There are many different tasks but each game is accompanied by visual instructions that illustrate how the game should be played. And as these challenged are focused onto brain development, the graphics and buttons to select are large and easy to identify and use. The interface is not confusing, which is a huge plus.
All the challenges are designed to address the following skills: speed, cognitive control, memory and attention. While there are many games to choose from, we feel like word games, memory combination and speed games are not represented well enough. A few more games in these particular areas would be a good thing.
Initially, games are simple enough and do not pose are real challenge. However, as your skills are improving, the difficulty level is exponentially increased. For example, games like Birdwatching or Monster Memory can pose a real challenge. This would be especially of benefit to people who are trying to build neurons.
While it is very easy to see your progress and improvements in the memory games, we are unsure how the cognitive control and speed games really work. After you get familiarized with these challenges, your scores will go up because you can easily take advantages of quirks of the game such as the same pattern showing up 3 or 4 times in a row in some of the speed games.
- Intuitive interface – it is easy to navigate through their system
- Instructions, graphic and buttons are setup in larger font making them easier to view for everyone, especially seniors
- A free trial period is available by subscription on the website only (for 3 challenges)
- High games quality- games are focusing on various skills of memory, cognition and concentration
- The games are quite simple when you start, but the difficulty level is increased as your skills improve
- The company is updating the games and system results often
- The free trial period is extremely short (it can be completed in less than 15 minutes)
- Some sections needs a bit more diversity
- The games can only be accessed through their online platform
The system behind Lumosity Brain Fitness Program is simple and sophisticated at the same time. There are numerous challenges to choose from and many brain training possibilities. This is a comprehensive (and also addictive) brain training system, which allows you to work on what you need to, and track your cognitive improvements over time, verifying that the work you are putting in is making a difference. There is an initial inquiry regarding what your personal objectives (areas of improvement) are, so a personalized training program is drawn up. This allows for customization of the program, which is a big advantage.
The company provides a free trial period (three training sessions), and we would recommend everyone to give it a try.