When you search for the brain-training apps, the first name that will show up is Lumosity. Designed by neuroscientists, the app provides you with a daily brain workout session comprises five mini-games that will help you exercise five core cognitive abilities – speed, memory, attention, flexibility, and problem solving in a row. Working on your core cognitive abilities help you in real life, with tasks such as paying attention to details,
remembering names with ease or making quick decisions.
How it works: As soon as you install the app and create your user account, it asks you to take the Fit Test where you’re supposed to play three mind games in a row so that it can get your baseline scores, and accordingly, determine the difficulty level of your daily training session. After taking the test, you get to choose between premium training and limited training.
Limited training is what you get with the free version of the app. You’ll get to play 3 recommended games as a part of your daily brain training session. The games are played against the clock and rotate daily so you never get bored of your daily training. After completing your daily training, you can practice the games that were the part of your training for the day as many times as you want to and that’s all. You have to wait for the next day training session for a new set of game.
Premium training, on the other hand, consists of 5 games instead of just 3 as a part of your daily training session and gives you unlimited access to all 30+ Lumosity games just for $11.95 per month (if you opt to pay every month). Or else, 1-year subscription will average out to $5 a month and a 2-year subscription will cost you $3.75 a month).
The app gives you a score after each game, and aggregates each game’s score into the Lumosity Performance Index (LPI). Your LPI grades your overall performance in the program, as well as in individual cognitive skills, such as memory, speed or problem-solving. And if you wish to compare your performance with other Lumosity users in your age group, it requires you to upgrade the app to the premium version.
About the Lumosity Games:
The app lists 30+ games tagged on the basis of five core cognitive abilities – speed, memory, attention, flexibility, and problem solving. However, Lumosity website gives you access to 50+ games.
There are games like Train of Thought, Memory Matrix, Speed Match, Chalkboard Challenge, and Lost in Migration to name a few. In the game Train of Thought, you are supposed to direct oncoming colored trains to their matching stations by flipping switches to keep changing train tracks. This tests your divided attention, the ability to simultaneously respond to multiple tasks at a time. Another game Speed Match challenges your information processing skills, whereas Chalkboard Challenge tests your problem solving skills. Best part? Everything is scored so you can see your improvement from week to week, and tests automatically adjust in difficulty to keep you on your toes.
Long story short, if you want a way to engage your mind with quick yet challenging puzzles, Lumosity is the pick for you.