By Parthenia Queen on June 13, 2014
I’ve had a few memory issues for various reasons, so I decided I needed to do something to strengthen my brain power. Reports have stated that people that keep their minds active have fewer issues with memory, attention, problem solving and general productivity in their lives.
My memory issues were enough to cause me concern so I took a look at Lumosity (https://www.lumosity.com/) as opposed to other games/memory games. I found that Lumosity not only helped to improve my memory in a short period of time, but because I multitask a lot, I also found that my attention span as well as my attention to detail improved.
In addition to being fun, Lumosity games (as stated on their website) have been through 7 peer reviewed studies and have been published using Lumosity as a cognitive training tool for diverse populations, including healthy adults, cancer survivors, elderly people, and children with a genetic disorder.
Lumosity games are based on neuropsychological and cognitive tasks that have been studied for years. Meaning that they have games that have been proven to increase cognitive task ability over time.
For starters, Lumosity offers a trial period to let you try out a few of the games available. They also offer discounts to sign up as well as family memberships (I have a family membership used by my father, mother, cousin, son and I). Promo codes can be found as well to decrease the cost.
To give you an idea of how well the games work, you are given cognitive and neuropsychological assessments to determine where your cognitive abilities currently rate, then you train, or play the games. The training takes into consideration the amount of sleep you have had as well as your mood.
Each day, based on your ranking, games are suggested to assist you in training your brain. Five categories of brain training are used -- speed, memory, attention, flexibility and problem solving -- that periodically change.
Currently, each category of brain training has seven to twelve different games designed to assist in improving brain function. Each game takes two to six minutes to complete. Ideally, one may want to practice daily, however, the minimal training time suggested is three days each week or fifteen to thirty minutes each time you train.
I found there were certain games I didn’t like or want to play, not because they weren’t fun, but because they were hard/frustrating for me. I also found that playing those games helped to improve my brain function. I started out in the 69th percentile of people in my age group, I’m currently in the 95th percentile of people in my age group. My mom, who recently joined after a stroke, started in the 3rd percentile of her age group and is now in the 9th percentile of her age group.
I don’t know how games that challenge you to recall as many words as possible that start with two or three letters (chi_ _...) or racing a penguin through a maze or recalling the position of tiles can help improve your memory, but it actually does work.
These games are fun, challenging and sometimes frustrating. In addition to your general training, you will find yourself playing some of the games simply because you like them and others because you know you can beat them.
There are three levels of training available -- standard (which I use), advanced and student -- as well as programs for people not fluent in English or those thar are color-blind.
Each member of my family that plays these games, plays them for different reasons. My son, who has no issues, simply likes the games. My mom hates the games but has seen improvement in her brain function.
Will these games benefit you? I don’t know, but you can use a free trial to try them out.