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Psychology:

There is a new wave of business ventures promoting “brain training” applications/games.  One of these is Lumosity, which was launched with the intent to enhance users’ brains and cognitive functioning.  For tonight, follow the link to their website (http://www.lumosity.com/) and take the following steps:

  1. Watch the intro video on the homepage (“Learn how Lumosity works”)
  2. Click “Get Started Now” button.  When it asks you what you would like to focus on in each of the five categories, check them all.
  3. You will then need to enter your email and create a password to login.  You need to pay for Lumosity’s full service, but they offer several free introductory exercises/tests.  I did this a few months ago and haven’t received obnoxious emails, but if you are uncomfortable with this, I won’t require it.
  4. Answer the profile questions they ask you and then take the “fit test” exercises.
  5. When done, respond to questions below.

Questions: Reflect on the following…

  • How did you find this experience?
  • Despite Lumosity’s claims of being based on neuroscience, many scientists and psychologists believe the benefit to such exercises is exaggerated and/or needs more evidence and research.  What do you think?  Do you think these exercises could improve cognitive performance?  Do they have any benefit, if any?
  • Are these games better/different than other brain-exercising activities? Assuming they have some benefit, what other activities would also benefit cognitive growth?
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