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Lumosity & Brain Games: A Review

Posted by Matthew Turton on Thu, Feb 27, 2014 @ 02:27 PM

What is Lumosity? How can I grow my brain?You’ve probably heard about the Brain Training Games on Lumosity.com.  Lumosity offers scientifically-designed training to challenge your brain. They offer programs so that you can train your memory, improve attention, flexibility and problem solving etc. through their Personalized Training Program. Lumosity has an aesthetically appealing site with a wide range of game options and the ability to track your personalized development.

Lumosity is based on the science of neuroplasticity. The encyclopedia defines neuroplasticity as “an umbrella term that encompasses both synaptic plasticity and non-synaptic plasticity—it refers to changes in neural pathways and synapses which are due to changes in behavior, environment and neural processes…  Neuroplasticity has replaced the formerly-held position that the brain is a physiologically static organ, and explores how - and in which ways - the brain changes throughout life.”  Breakthroughs in Learning is also based on the science of neuroplasticity, so it is exciting to see Lumosity pushing forward research and raising publish awareness. At Breakthroughs we explain to our clients that the brain is like a set of muscles. If you exercise brain skills, they will develop.

Lumosity is sometimes viewed as a program to perfect. If you turn that around, the effects of Lumosity’s programs have the potential to benefit your life far beyond the time that you are carrying out the program. It has the potential to help you retain more information for the test you are studying for, help you comprehend more of the instructions your boss gives you, organize your pantry for the first time in years and find a way to make appropriate right/wrong choices, among other things.

As great as this program appears, we would like to encourage you to do your own research. Read reviews and make an informed decision when planning to purchase or commit to any program.

One of the limitations of the Lumosity program is that human nature tends to follow the path of least resistance. We don’t always know ourselves as accurately as we may think. This could create a problem as Lumosity asks you to input the areas where you would like to focus your development. Due to the fact that there is not a qualified instructor to help you design your program, there is a good possibility that you could work on skills that are already strengths, and therefore leave skills that need development behind. 

There are several different memory, attention, comprehension and problem solving skills at work in our brains. There are also several skills that are sub-skills beneath each of these skills. It is important to accurately identify the root of the challenges to make the changes you desire.  If poor memory skills are negatively impacting your life, you might choose to use Lumosity to develop your memory skills. However, depending on how poor memory your memory is and which specific type of memory is not functioning properly, a self-service development program might not achieve the results you need. If you set up your program in the wrong area, the memory skill you were looking to improve could remain underdeveloped. At Breakthroughs we assess 6 different areas of memory and each client’s program is specifically designed to target and develop areas of weakness, and turn them into strengths.  

Lumosity’s program is fantastic for those who are currently successful, but who are looking to take their performance to the next level. Overall, Lumosity’s programming is a great way to challenge and develop your brain in do-it-yourself manner. Lumosity is not ideal for those who are struggling to be successful. If you are struggling to be successful, Breakthroughs Individualized Brain Development Programs offer customised brain skill development, specific to your needs. Check out these success stories of people who got their breakthrough, you could be next, contact us today.

Topics: parenting, teachers, Educational Games

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