November 13, 2013

Lumosity Presents On Human Cognition Project At Society For Neuroscience Annual Meeting

Online open science and big data research platform creates new neuroscience research opportunities

Lumosity, the online cognitive training and neuroscience research company, is presenting today at the annual 2013 Society for Neuroscience meeting on its research platform, the Human Cognition Project (HCP). The poster presentation titled, "Rapid, Open Human Cognition Research on a Large Scale: The Human Cognition Project," will provide an overview of the research platform, examples of published research studies conducted, ongoing research studies, and opportunities for participation in new research.

The HCP holds the world's largest continuously growing database of human cognitive performance with over 1.2 billion data points to date. The platform supports both experimental research, where independent researchers design and conduct studies on the effects of computerized cognitive training, as well as observational research, where collaborators explore data from Lumosity's database.

"The Human Cognition Project is a new approach to conducting neuroscience research faster, more efficiently, and on an unprecedented scale," said Faraz Farzin, Ph.D., Research Scientist at Lumosity and lead author. "Big datasets allow researchers to consider a whole new range of topics, opening up opportunities to conduct longitudinal and cross-sectional research across demographics."

Examples of published HCP research studies include:

A study by Dr. Shelli Kesler and colleagues at Stanford showed that women whose breast cancer had been treated with chemotherapy demonstrated improved executive function, such as cognitive flexibility, verbal fluency and processing speed after Lumosity training. This work is published in Clinical Breast Cancer.
A study by Dr. Maurice Finn and colleagues at the University of New South Wales found that patients with mild cognitive impairment who trained with Lumosity improved their sustained attention. This work is published in Australasian Journal on Ageing and Brain Impairment.
Another study by Dr. Kesler and colleagues at Stanford showed enhanced math skills and cognitive performance with corresponding changes in brain activity in individuals with Turner's syndrome following training with Lumosity. This research is published in the peer-reviewed journal Neuropsychological Rehabilitation.
A study by Dr. Daniel Sternberg and colleagues at Lumosity in collaboration with Dr. Murali Doraiswamy at Duke University published data on a new web-based, big data methodology for conducting human cognitive performance research in Frontiers in Neuroscience.


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