How Useful Are Brain Training Games Like Lumosity?

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I recently signed up for Lumosity, a brain training program that claims to improve your brain function. The concept is that through daily practice, users will improve their mental capacity. Lumosity uses different games to test and measure your aptitude in the following areas:

– BPI – Overall Brain profile
– Memory
– Flexibility
– Speed
– Attention
– Problem Solving

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Lumosity offers a free mobile app with five games to start and then an option to upgrade to a paid membership which allows you the opportunity to have a more tailored user experience and play more games. Lumosity is based on the idea of neuroplasticity, the idea that the brain can change and improve over time. The games provide users with an opportunity to challenge their brain with specific exercises.

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I started Lumosity while I was traveling in Peru and became instantly hooked on the fun games and exercises. I’m a pretty competitive person so one of the key incentives for me was watching my progress each day. It’s funny how simple math exercises and memorizing squares on a checkerboard can give you a bit of a rush. Plus, the Lumosity app on my iphone makes it easy keep up with the exercises every day. One of the things I love about Lumosity games is how quickly you can finish a “workout”. Each session lasts between 5-10 minutes depending on how long it takes you to finish.

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After having completed a few weeks of training, I’ve noticed that my scores on the games are improving but I’m not sure how much of an effect it’s having on the rest of my life. I’m curious as to how effective these brain training programs really are. Casual searches on google say that most of these games aren’t really a reliable way to improve your brain because they are too specific to a certain activity that may not be transferable to every day life. I’ve noticed personally that my ability to focus has improved slightly on every day tasks. At this point, I’m not completely convinced that programs like Lumosity can drastically improve your brain power but I think it’s definitely worth a proper trial period.

Some of the features that I like about Lumosity include:
– Daily reminder message that pops up on your phone
– Easy to read charts that track your progress
– Variety of games (30+ games on the Lumosity website)
– Great mobile apps

I’m going to track my progress over the next 60 days with the paid version of Lumosity to see if I notice any major improvements in my memorization and problem solving abilities. I’ll be sharing my progress as I go along.

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9 comments

  1. Let me know.. I will be glad to share my lumosity results with you. If you have any way for me to measure progress in the out of lumosity world, I will take that as well.

    1. Thanks for reading the post! I’d definitely recommend downloading the free iphone app as well to try it out.

  2. keep us posted. i started it and gave up after a month. But again I am not the guy who works out daily. I did notice some increased alertness while I was on it.

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