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Scientists once believed that mental ability was fixed after childhood. But over the last few decades, neuroscientists have discovered that adults’ brains are constantly changing – growing new neurons and connections – in a process known as neuroplasticity. Lumosity takes advantage of the brain’s innate neuroplasticity to help shape it into a more effective, powerful organ.
Instead of teaching specific skills that may only be useful in specific areas, Lumosity targets core cognitive processes that underlie performance in many different areas. These processes include memory, attention and other abilities that are critical in the real world.
The results of training with Lumosity are measured experimentally in randomized controlled trials. A typical experiment begins by measuring each person’s baseline abilities with tests of brain performance. After several weeks of training, each person is tested again to determine how much the Lumosity training has improved cognitive function.
Lumosity significantly improves short-term memory. JL Hardy et al. (2011). Enhancing visual attention and working memory with a web-based cognitive training program. Mensa Research Journal, 12(2):13-20.
FMRI shows how brain activity changes after Lumosity training. SR Kesler et al. (2011). Changes in frontal-parietal activation and math skills performance following adaptive number sense training: Preliminary results from a pilot study. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation,21(4):433-454.