November 12, 2013

Lumosity Study Examines Effects Of Cognitive Training In Students

Analysis of 1,300 students who trained with Lumosity showed greater improvement in a battery of cognitive assessments

Lumosity, the online cognitive training and neuroscience research company, is presenting today at the annual 2013 Society for Neuroscience meeting on the effects of cognitive training in the academic setting. Study results found that students who trained with Lumosity improved more on a battery of online cognitive assessments compared to students who kept to a standard academic schedule. Effects were dose-dependent; those who spent more than nine hours training with Lumosity improved almost twice as much as those who did not train.

"These preliminary findings are exciting because they provide evidence that cognitive training may be an effective tool for improving students' cognitive abilities," said Nicole Ng, Research Associate at Lumosity and lead author on the study. "This research opens up opportunities for additional large-scale, multi-site neuroscience research in the classroom to study the enhancement of learning capabilities, and in turn, behavioral characteristics, and academic performance."

The study included a sample of 1305 students aged 8-15 years old from 45 schools across six countries including Australia, Canada, China, Switzerland, United Kingdom, and the United States. Students were assigned to the intervention group that trained with Lumosity (n=894) or control group that received education as usual (n=411). All participants completed the Brain Performance Test (BPT) pre- and post-intervention, which provides a reliable (r =.89) and repeatable test of cognitive performance.

Findings are from the Lumosity Education Access Program (LEAP) 2012 academic year. LEAP provides free Lumosity subscriptions to educators to study the effects of cognitive training on student's learning abilities.


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