As many people hit middle age, they often start to notice that their memory and mental clarity are not what they used to be. We suddenly can't remember where we put the keys just a moment ago, or an old acquaintance's name, or the name of an old band we used to love. As the brain fades, we euphemistically refer to these occurrences as "senior moments."
While seemingly innocent, this loss of mental focus can potentially have a detrimental impact on our professional, social, and personal well-being.
It happens to most of us, but is it inevitable?
Neuroscientists are increasingly showing that there's actually a lot that can be done. It turns that the brain needs exercise in much the same way our muscles do, and the right mental workouts can significantly improve our basic cognitive functions. Thinking is essentially a process of making neural connections in the brain. To a certain extent, our ability to excel in making the neural connections that drive intelligence is inherited. However, because these connections are made through effort and practice, scientists believe that intelligence can expand and fluctuate according to mental effort.
Now, a new San Francisco Web-based company has taken it a step further and developed the first "brain training program" designed to actually help people improve and regain their mental sharpness. Called Lumosity, it was designed by some of the leading experts in neuroscience and cognitive psychology from Stanford University.
Lumosity, is far more than an online place to exercise your mental skills. That's because they have integrated these exercises into a Web-based program that allows you to systematically improve your memory and attention skills. The program keeps track of your progress and provides detailed feedback on your performance and improvement. Most importantly, it constantly modifies and enhances the games you play to build on the strengths you are developing--much like an effective exercise routine requires you to increase resistance and vary your muscle use.
Does it work?
Apparently it does. In randomized, controlled clinical trials, Lumosity was shown to significantly improve basic cognitive functions. One study showed students improved their scores on math tests by 34 percent after using Lumosity for six weeks, significantly greater gains than those made by other students in the same class, who were not training with the Lumosity program.
The company says its users have reported clearer and quicker thinking, improved memory for names, numbers, directions, increased alertness and awareness, elevated mood, and better concentration at work or while driving.
While many of the games at Lumosity are free, a modest subscription fee is required to use the full program over the long term.
However, Lumosity is currently offering a free trial of their program to new users so that you can see how well it works before you decide to subscribe. The trial is completely free (no credit card required) and the company believes the results will speak for themselves.
Improve your brain performance and live a better life
Build your Personalized Training Program
- Enhance memory and attention
- Web-based personalized training program
- Track changes in your performance
Select all aspects of your memory that you want to train
Recalling the location of objects
Remembering names after the first introduction
Learning new subjects quickly and accurately
Keeping track of several ideas at the same time
Your responses shape your Lumosity program
We’ll create simple daily workouts with exercises that reflect your choices. Informed by neuroscience research, Lumosity exercises are engineered to train a variety of core cognitive functions.
Select all aspects of your attention that you want to train
Maintaining focus on important tasks all day
Improving productivity and precision at work or home
Concentrating while learning something new
Your brain has the power to change
Scientists have discovered that the brain can reorganize itself in response to new challenges, even through adulthood. Guided by this research, Lumosity training is designed to unlock your full potential.
Select all aspects of your processing speed that you want to train
Decision-making in time-sensitive situations
Speeding up cognitive processes
Adapting to changing environments
Designed by neuroscientists
Lumosity exercises are designed by neuroscientists and continually evaluated through independent research studies at institutions such as Harvard, Stanford, and UC Berkeley.
Select all aspects of your mental flexibility that you want to train
Thinking outside the box
Multi-tasking quickly and efficiently
A simple, convenient training program
Analysis of our database shows that just 10-15 minutes of Lumosity training per day can lead to improvements in Lumosity over time.
Train online or on your mobile device.