Reclaim Your Brain with Lumosity Games

Neuroscientists have looked into the extensive research, and developed Lumosity’s training program to promote cognitive health. By creating challenging activities to stimulate the process of brain training it has been found that the brain can actually reshape itself to become more efficient.

To understand this process, lumosity encourage us to first understand the key concepts for brain training in general.

I played the games before I read about these concepts!!!


Here is a summery of these concepts.

Adaptivity

Each individual brings his or her own unique set of strengths and weaknesses to any new task. A task that is quite easy for one person might be impossible for another and it will change over time as performance improves.

Cognitive reserve

Cognitive reserve represents the brain’s resilience, its ability to cope with damage resulting from trauma, illness and age. The brain has the ability to maximize its performance by recruiting different or alternate brain networks to solve problems historically managed by now-damaged areas.

Completeness

The brain is a highly complex, and all aspects of brain function must work together to lead to optimal understanding and appreciation.

Engagement

To get the most out of brain training, individuals should train often and consistently. To encourage people to do so, effective brain training must therefore possess engaging exercises and an effective reward structure. We are much more interested in training our brains if it is fun and enjoyable

Fluid intelligence

Fluid intelligence is the capacity to think logically independent of acquired knowledge. It is the ability to analyze novel problems, identify patterns, and extrapolate relationships. It is necessary for all logical problem solving, especially scientific, mathematical and technical problem solving.

Neuroplasticity

Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s lifelong ability to reshape neural connections when faced with new experiences. Only recently, though, have neuroscientists discovered the extent of this ability. Given the right challenge, the brain can actually become faster and more efficient. Neuroplasticity, in other words, means anyone can improve their brain, and no matter what their age.

Novelty

In order to effectively exercise a brain, we must confront it with novel tasks and challenges. Many of the mental challenges typically recommended for brain health, for example crossword puzzles and bridge, are highly over-learned tasks that do not force the brain’s processing systems to operate in new ways. Yet unless we process information in new ways, we cannot initiate nervous system remodeling and growth. The brain creates specialized circuitry for doing particular tasks. Tasks that have been performed many times in the past simply reactivate the existing circuitry.

This form of stimulation may be helpful in keeping the brain active, but it will not drive fundamental improvements in information processing.

Take the case of crossword puzzles: as we work our way through a crossword puzzle, we recall information we have already learned in the past, albeit in the form of words. We are reactivating existing circuitry, not challenging the brain to work in new ways. Crossword puzzles thus provide a relatively inefficient form of brain exercise.

Processing speed

Processing speed measures how quickly the brain can perform basic cognitive operations, and is thus a good general indicator of intelligence. The faster you can process information, the faster you can respond to the world, e.g. while driving or making snap decisions. The brain’s processing speed unfortunately declines with age. With Lumosity’s training program, though, you can push the limit of your information processing speed.

Targeting

Effective brain training targets the specific brain functions necessary to produce significant and noticeable changes in our everyday cognitive life. Cognitive psychologists use the word “transfer” to describe the process whereby selectively-targeted exercises produce real-world cognitive benefits. Well designed exercises accomplish this transfer by improving multiple cognitive functions at once. An effective training program involves carefully crafting training tasks that target the most critical aspects of brain function.

Working Memory

Working memory represents the cognitive ability to temporarily retrieve, hold, process and dispose of information from both long-term memory and the world around you. The better your working memory, the more information you can synthesize. Like processing speed, working memory declines with age.

I’m excited about Lumosity and their Brain Training Program! They offer a free trial so you can see if this is something that would interest you. The program is only $6.60/month.

Lumosity sends an email to you as often as you want to remind you to play!

The variety of games provided will keep your interest and improve your brain! Scientific Brain Training: Improve Attention, Memory and Processing Speed with Lumosity. Free Trial.

Have you ever tried Lumosity? What activities have you used to strengthen your brain? Let us know in the comments below.

Linda

About our Co-Founder: With a bachelors in Social Work, Linda is 53 years old, happily married with eight children and 17 grandchildren. Diagnosed with MS in 1995 and now having accepted and truly embraced her new reality, Linda has created MSrelief.com. She is dedicated to proving that joy can be chosen while living with Multiple Sclerosis. Linda specializes in helping others, especially those with MS attain the lifestyle, independence and happiness amid living with MS.

25 Comments:

  1. Linda,
    Great post, very detailed descriptions of the benefits of keeping the brain working and developing. Most people really don’t “get” that there is still neuroplasticity in our aging brains and that we CAN take steps to keep ourselves vital mentally. Personally, I’m hooked on sudoku 😉
    Take care,
    Adam

  2. Any time we can offer our brain inquire challenges that require us to think, we are on the right path. Mindless monotonous games (such as most facebook games) while entertaining just don’t cut the mustard. The plasticity occurs with varied stimuli and that means that even the most interesting puzzle types need changed from time to time to be most effective. This looks like an interesting program.
    Kimberly

    • Kim~
      I knew there was a reason I’m not interested in the facebook games. 🙂 You already know that plasticity (or neuroplasticity), means brain improvement and I’m glad you mentioned it. These Lumosity games were created for this purpose and they are entertaining. Some are challenging, but all entertaining! OK, I love Tetris and I’m sure that fits into the facebook game category.
      Linda

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  4. Hey Linda
    Fascinating! I only heard about Brain Training recently but I absolutely believe it can help. I am so aware that our brains get a bit ‘foggy’ if we don’t use them enough – I know mine was before I came online to work, lol:-)

    Have not tried the exercises yet but will when I have time.

    Thanks, Sue

    • Sue,
      I agree whole heartedly that blogging has boosted my brain power! Unfortunately, in some areas with the MS damage (there’s always an excuse, isn’t there?) some of my thinking has become very ‘foggy’ 🙁 That’s why I love Lumosity because it’s a FUN few minutes a day! Of course, between the few minutes of meditating, exercising, preparing healthy meals, sundicating, brain training games, commenting on social media sites, getting enough sleep… and the list goes on… there really isn’t enough time for it all!!
      Linda

  5. Linda and Dena,
    While I’ve not yet tried Lumosity, I have read several books about keeping your mind active and expanded. Getting dressed in different patterns, changing routines and even doing silly things like turning my clock upside down are but a few ways I constantly challenge ye old brain. Thanks for this new suggestion.

    • Hey Darlene!
      That’s a riot, I haven’t heard of the suggestions you mentioned to keep the brain alive! I think it’s interesting how I habitually wear the same patterns and do basically everything with no changes~ I never thought of making those kinds of changes to stimulate my brain, but it makes sense!
      Linda

  6. This information was so very interesting to me. Our brain is so complex that it amazes me at the things that it can do. This was great.

    Lori

    • Thanks Lori~
      I am always excited when I think about the fact that we only use 10% of our brain. That gives me 90% to relearn to walk! 🙂
      Linda

  7. Wow Linda….what a fascinating post! I was particularly interested to read about neuroplasticity and the fact that we can improve our brains throughout our lives. The other thing that caught my eye was that crossword puzzles are perhaps not as good as we thought at keeping our brain active. It seems variety, new challenges and thinking outside of the box are in order.
    Louise

    • Louise,
      I was surprised also that crossword puzzles might not be as we thought! Being the conspiracy theorist that I am, I thought they were saying that to make sales. On the contrary, they have the research to back it up!
      Linda

  8. Amazing post. Continue this way and you will be aMAZING

  9. Great Mental Math Practice and Brain Teaser Game.

    MathPuzz – The Original!

    Mathematical Brain Teaser.

    Beat the clock…Fill the blanks while practicing your mental calculation.

    Very addictive, give it a try!

  10. Wonderful website you have here but I was curious if you knew of any discussion boards that cover the same topics discussed in this article? I’d really like to be a part of community where I can get advice from other experienced individuals that share the same interest. If you have any recommendations, please let me know. Thank you!

    • Leo,
      Absolutely! Lumosity has tons of information, you can sign up for free games, participation board and learn! It’s wonderful! You can start for free by visiting http://69.89.31.237/~msrelie1/wordpress/, click on the Lumosity banner on the top left of the page, sign up for free and see if it’s something you want upgrade!
      Lnda

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    By the way, how could we communicate?

    • Claude,
      You can send us a message by clicking on the contact tab on the top of MSrelief.com. From there we will make arrangements depending what your needs are! I look forward to visiting with you!
      ~Linda

  12. I have visited your post, I have received many information about Reclaim Your Brain with Lumosity Games. This is really good and very informative. I agree your all points. The brainteaser game is very important for brain. I play a lot of interest brainteaser game. I like this game. i thank you to share very important game.

    • Michael~
      I have friends who agree that the Lumosity games are great to train our brains! Just like my friends say, we just need to have self discipline to stop playing!
      ~Linda

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