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Lumosity Review

September 8, 2014BR Publishing
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Lumosity is one of the most developed online application for mental fitness and brain training. Launched in 2005 by Lumos Labs (a cognitive neuroscience research and development company founded by Michael Scanlon, Kunal Sarkar, and David Dresher), Lumosity has grown by 150% year-after-year and according to their own reports, it now reaches around 50 million people worldwide.

Lumos Labs states that their software was developed upon consulting top scientists from various fields of science, including bioinformatics, cognitive psychology, and neuroscience. The latest cognitive research has proven that the brain is "malleable" and it can be trained – to certain extent – using the so-called "brain training games." According to these studies, new neurons can be created even late in life, the final result being the improvement of the overall cognitive abilities in patients. Based on this concept, the Lumosity Brain Fitness Program is designed to target and improve visual memory, attention span, problem solving, cognitive flexibility, verbal fluency, and spatial working memory.

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The emerging science has dramatically changed the way we understand the brain. Scientists now comprehend that, with the right kind of stimulation and activity, the human brain can significantly change and remodel itself to become more efficient and effective in remembering, processing information, thinking creatively, paying attention, and solving math problems. This is the science Lumosity Brain Training Program is based on.

To simplify things: Lumosity consists in a number of "mini-games," each designed to "work" the brain in a certain way. While the overall design seems quite simple, results seems to indicate that playing these games on daily basis can improve a wide variety of core cognitive skills - from attention and memory to fluid intelligence and math skills.

For the past month our team has been completing a series of computer games. Each game is different and it is accompanied by a series of different tasks you have to complete. From shutting down birds to matching geometrical figures, Lumosity seems to be a very complex system that requires your daily attention.

To start with, all mini-games are simple enough and do not pose any real challenge for an adult user. However, as your skills are improving, the difficulty level is exponentially increased and games like Birdwatching or Monster Memory can pose a real challenge even to the most experienced player.

However, while it is very easy to see your progress and improvements in the memory games, after you get familiarized with these challenges, your scores should improve as you can easily take advantages of quirks of the game such as the same shape or pattern showing up 3 or 4 times in a row in some of the speed games.

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Advantages

  • Intuitive interface - it is easy to navigate through their system;
  • Instructions, graphics, and buttons are setup in larger font making them easy noticeable;
  • A short free trial period is available;
  • Leaderboards which allows you to compare your scores with other registered users scores;
  • All games are constantly updated. New games are added from time to time.

Disadvantages

  • The free trial period is extremely short – our team finished the trial in less than 10 minutes;
  • Registered users have to pay a monthly fee;
  • Lumosity requires internet connection as it cannot be played offline;
  • Needless to say, this type of brain enhancement approach only favors the tech-savvy generation;
  • It is hard to say if training with Lumosity will result in real meaningful improvements in cognitive functioning.

Conclusion

It is important to note that Lumosity is not the only program of this type. In fact, there are quite a few other similar online brain games available, many of which are free to play.

Lumosity could be a good option for those who seek to improve their memory and ability to focus. However, the program is targeted toward people under 35, a group that is least affected by memory problems. It is quite possible that their target audience consider Lumosity as a "good for you" way to play video games, rather than a way for serious cognitive improvements.

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A Neuroscientest (PhD) January 28, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Oh for goodness sakes, people, who would doubt that practicing something improves how well you perform it? That’s century-old science. And who would doubt that the brain changes in response to learning? That’s century-old science, too. If you want to get better at these sorts of video games, by all means spend your money on this. If you want to improve your intellect, read, and read widely. If you want to improve your memory, do daily memory drills. If you want to improve you analytic skills, do math problems. All will “improve” (that is, change) your brain. For free.

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drp December 14, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Are there vedio games for autistic children and teenagers ?

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Joyce November 25, 2013 at 3:37 pm

My declining memory was worrying me quite a bit, since I could always remember things, faces, names and dates perfectly up until several years ago. so Lumosity helped me keep up. I’m considering taking a dietary supplement later on, just to make sure

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Maria October 16, 2013 at 3:47 pm

I was brought up with the idea that videogames are bad for you, but Lumosity proved me very wrong. I’m very happy that I got this game for my son, it really helps him learn things faster

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Debra October 6, 2013 at 6:20 am

This is the type of “video game” that every child should use. My son is really into this program and as a parent I am quite excited.

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Bethanie Tiger September 3, 2013 at 3:11 am

The games seem similar with some exercises we used to do in school, it seems they are quite similar, hopefully they are more effective.

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Valentine August 19, 2013 at 8:02 am

I took this program for my daughter and since she started using it, I am noticing a few significant improvements of visual memory and concentration. I am happy that she plays the games because she enjoys them and not because I demand her to follow the program.

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Carlton August 12, 2013 at 4:39 pm

Brain Training software is a wonderful way of improving your cognitive skills. I have been constantly monitoring my performance during the training. From the data that I’ve gathered I can safely say that Lumosity is among the best programs that I’ve tried. You will get a lot from it!

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Everitt August 5, 2013 at 6:07 am

This can be an interesting approach to train your brain. It is safe, harmless and with no side effects. My son tried it and I think it is really good.

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Tina July 30, 2013 at 3:47 am

My kid uses this training program, but with no result. I am disappointed, because I thought this may help him and my hopes were high… But I guess I was wrong and Lumosity is not for everybody.

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Asher July 22, 2013 at 10:37 am

These games are simply amazing. My kids are playing them all the time and they seems to enjoy everything about them. I honestly bought this training program, because I was curious, not because my kids are having any kind of problems and I am so glad that I did, cause it seems that there is always something more to learn. BTW, great ideas with these games!

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Defor July 12, 2013 at 7:59 am

I bought this program for my 2 kids. The boy didn’t like it at first, but my girl is always happy to ply its games. She convinced Michael to try it, too. I can see that they think faster and focus better. I guess this training is a good way to improve memory and concentration.Now, both of my kids are enjoying it!

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Anda July 8, 2013 at 7:51 am

This training program includes great games. My son loves them and plays them every time he is at home. I am so glad that this program is not boring and I don’t have to force my son to follow it. By now, I am very happy with the results!

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Tim June 18, 2013 at 6:45 am

This training software application is very catchy. Every day I immerse myself in it and it is hard to convince me not to. I have noticed that I feel more focused during the day and I can concentrate better at school. Thanks!

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Mark June 10, 2013 at 6:48 am

Me and my wife purchased this brain training software application for our little son. It seems that it really works as advertised, because we can notice some improvements on our son. Thanks.

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Jeanie June 4, 2013 at 2:41 pm

As a software developer I am satisfied with the way this application is presented. It is a very useful tool that provides constructive feedback for any person that seeks to better itself. It is worth your money if you do not have any other working solutions.

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Karla May 28, 2013 at 7:31 am

It is a good and non invasive method to improve memory. You can avoid using all kind of drugs and chemicals and it has amazing effects for the brain functions. It enhances brain skills and creativity. A good investment by the way…

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Cody May 12, 2013 at 4:49 pm

I have bought this training application last year and I don’t regret trying it on my kids. I have 2 boys and I think both of them are doing progress in the brain area. So, I think you should try it! In my case it worked..

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Stuart April 22, 2013 at 5:01 pm

This program is very interesting. Maybe it’s just me and my fascination for such methods, but I’m very satisfied with my progress so far and I am happy that I had the confidence in trying Lumosity when everybody was telling me it’s probably nothing.

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Garey April 21, 2013 at 9:39 am

I’ve been going through this program with the help of my brother and I’m very pleased with what I got. Both of us think that this has done a lot of good things for my memory and my concentration. It’s a very professional piece of software with top notch design.

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Finley April 8, 2013 at 2:55 pm

I like these games a lot. There aren’t not enough nice words to describe the warm feeling I get when I look at my overall progress and realize that I am really improving. I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.

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Gerald April 6, 2013 at 5:48 am

It’s pretty interesting but if you dig deep enough through the internet you will find a lot of similar games that are free of charge. Consider buying this if you don’t have any experience in searching the web.

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Crispin N. March 29, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Brain game are an interesting and fun way to train yourself. There a lot of these out there, some free, some quite expensive. Overall I liked this one’s approach and I think my money were well spent.

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Connie March 24, 2013 at 8:42 am

I am very excited whenever I find an interesting brain game. I am hunting for these things all the time and I eat them up immediately. Lumosity is an awesome training game and I find it to be one of the best I ever used. Thumbs up!

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Oliver March 14, 2013 at 4:22 pm

It’s a very interesting approach to brain training. I’m hooked! Give it a try.

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Wilson G. March 6, 2013 at 7:21 am

I heard many positive things about this training. The only thing is that it is quite expensive.

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Brenden A. March 3, 2013 at 6:31 am

It’s deceptively simple at start but difficulty increases as you progress. Nice tool to monitor and improve your brain skills.

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Rob February 21, 2013 at 10:07 am

This game is awesome! I have a feeling that I scored better than I thought I would at some of the Big4 assessment tests.

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Josh Jackson February 14, 2013 at 3:29 pm

I am really keen on mind games and I have finally convinced my son to try Luminosity. He has ADHD so it’s a bit difficult for him to focus, but he does seem to enjoy it.

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J. Beecher October 8, 2012 at 4:34 am

I’ve used Luminosity for six months. I am getting better with the tasks and scores are rising and it’s easy to see better performance on the games. I don’t know if my brain is getting better, but it seems logical if I’m getting better at the tasks, I could be improving some brain skills. I wish there were a scientific standard and test method other than my opinion.

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P. Vergara April 21, 2012 at 9:17 pm

Highly recommended. Better than using all kind of potentially dangerous drugs and brain supplements.

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alice April 2, 2012 at 12:13 am

Where can I get started using the FREE programs/games? I do not see a website mentioned anywhere.

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breditor May 18, 2012 at 9:28 am

Hi Alice,

You can signup for a free trial on their official website.

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Pam Hollis March 30, 2012 at 10:58 am

I’m a huge fan of this program. It takes about 20 minutes to complete the daily training, it’s fun and it’s truly effective. I can see my memory and ability to think improving.

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Michael March 11, 2012 at 8:02 am

I like Lumosity training program…but the only problem I have is that I don’t find the games challenging enough…

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Sandra February 2, 2012 at 10:11 am

Just extended my membership for 6 more months! Lumosity is amazing!

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Kevin January 5, 2012 at 1:09 am

does this require an internet connection?

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BR Publishing January 5, 2012 at 5:16 pm

Kevin,

Lumosity is a browser based selection of activities that must be played while connected to the internet.

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Wendy Gogh January 4, 2012 at 2:15 pm

To each his/her own but, for me, this was well worth the money.

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Justin L January 4, 2012 at 4:55 am

This program did wonders for my mother who is recovering from a stroke.

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Catie Holmes January 2, 2012 at 7:59 am

u peopl r nuts this thing rocks i lov this and would tell ne one about it

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Ivan Rostilla January 5, 2012 at 11:20 am

Despite your spelling I’m inclined to agree, this product is amazing and well worth the investment.

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F. Aleman December 30, 2011 at 3:07 am

Can these games be played by multiple people or is it a solo activity?

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BR Publishing January 1, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Lumosity doesn’t have any games specifically designed for multiple-play. You can setup a family account and there is no reason why you and a family member can’t work together on a particular activity, but they aren’t specifically designed as group activities.

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Smarty Pants December 19, 2011 at 11:05 am

You can get similar results with a $1 crossword book from any dollar store.

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BR Publishing December 21, 2011 at 9:31 am

This system is actually co-designed by consulted scientists that specialize in cognitive function. The learning pace and the types of activities are what set it apart from a crossword.

Although a crossword does stimulate the brain, it is a far cry to compare Lumosity to such a puzzle.

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Jo Eckler December 12, 2011 at 4:40 pm

There are alot of games out there similar to this one and if I hadn’t gotten it as a gift I wouldn’t even own it.

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Paul Smecker December 5, 2011 at 5:53 pm

Is it for the PC or some game console, anyone know?

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BR Publishing December 8, 2011 at 9:27 am

Paul,

Lumosity is a computer application that runs through the browser. You need to access it while you are logged into their member interface and online.

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Paul Withers December 3, 2011 at 6:08 pm

I’m 57 yrs old and my memory isn’t what it used to be. I used to have difficulties in remembering simple things like where did I put the keys or items from my shipping list. One day I discovered Lumosity and everything changed. Those puzzle games are amazing and I can feel my memory and brain functions improving. Thank you!

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Alan Mann November 28, 2011 at 9:55 am

this was so easy i dont even see how its suposed to help with brain building

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Joe L November 22, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Lumosity is not bad. However it is a bit too expensive for my pocket. I will keep searching… maybe for a free program.

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Proud Mom November 20, 2011 at 12:50 am

Let me just tell you that this is one of the best programs I have ever found for my son. It is really engaging and over the course of a few months I can see the improvement in his homework. I definitely recommend this to other mothers.

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Sally Sheffield November 25, 2011 at 12:21 pm

lol i know i even use it myself sometimes shhhh

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