Published on November 14th, 2012 | by Peggy2
Lumosity – Mind Games?
Summary: I'd love to add "Rocket Scientist" to my resume just to mess with people so if they could guarantee a 30 point jump in IQ then, maybe, I'd consider shelling out $14.95/month...
You may have seen the ads on TV (or on the Internet) for a site called Lumosity that offers “Brain Training Courses” by way of a series of ‘brain exercises” more commonly referred to as games. Developed by neuroscientists, these games are claimed to aid in improving common cognitive tasks such as memory, attention and processing speed. The site tracks your progress as you perform daily brain exercises, each day increasing the level of difficulty to challenge you. In content and delivery, Lumosity is very much like the popular game “Brain Age” released by Nintendo back in 2007.
I guess the concept is sound. I don’t want to make assumptions but I think we could all benefit from improved memory, processing, attention span and reaction time and I imagine that, as my daily walk helps me keep physically fit, my brain could also do with a bit of exercising. Then again, don’t we already put it through it’s paces on a regular day? Multitasking, driving, reading, juggling 1000 mental notes, reading, writing, finances, work, kids…it’s no wonder we’re in a fog by 9pm. Maybe we’re exercising our brains too much? Perhaps what we really need isn’t a “pinpoint the bird in the picture” game but rather a second glass of wine and a good foot rub. Are you with me?
Anyways! I’m curious so I thought I’d check out Lumosity and see what all the fuss was about. When you sign up for your free account, you’re asked to identify key areas you would like to improve and are given a free 3 day trial of “brain training”. To be fair, I’ve never been big on games to begin with. Board games, cards, video games – they’re not for me! So, naturally, when I got started on Lumosity, my reaction was and still is “meh!“. I can, however, see how people who enjoy playing games on Facebook or G+ might like the format of Lumosity. And for those you who are tight for time, your daily exercises only take about 10 – 15 minutes, so you needn’t worry that you’ll have to push off your 8am board meeting.
After my 3 free days of training, I’m sorry to report that I don’t feel any quicker, I don’t have Carry Wells’ (Poppy Montgomery on Unforgettable) memory and that I still don’t understand trigonometry. Of course, I wasn’t expecting any of those things to happen but you can’t fault me for being wishful. 3 days at the gym isn’t going to help us drop a dress size either but we’re always hopeful, aren’t we? Of course, after the free 3 day trial comes the real kicker. Perhaps the greatest “brain test” of the whole Lumosity website is whether or not you’re willing to fork out $14.95/month to keep playing ($5.99/month if you pay for 1 year upfront)!
Check it out for yourself here: http://www.lumosity.com