Maybe you've seen commercials for Lumosity before? I've been "using" it for about 2 years now.
I say "using" because I haven't been consistent about it, but just the other day I decided to record my session. Here is an example of the excercises and games you play when you join. Just in case you were wondering what exactly you do with Lumosity.
As posted on youtube Just today's Lumosity training session.
The five games played:
- Memory Matrix
- Pinball Recall
- Familiar Faces ** I hate this one. I think it needs improvement.
- Lost in Migration
- Color Match
The jury is still out for debate on whether this is true and good and scientifically supported or not. The way I see it is that this resembles those IQ pre-test games, and puzzles, and things like crossword puzzles.
The more you do those things, the more the connections needed to answer those questions get developed. This is a good thing as these practice skills can be part of a larger healthy brain activity and development of cognitive abilities. Stimulate your noggin with various types of activities. Plain and simple, you need to, it's good for ya.
Lumosity is just ONE of those activiites. Don't confuse the idea that if you get an account, you'll be able to spend 15 minutes each day and be able to sleep and or watch TV for the rest of the day. Lumosity is just a way to get you to think logically about some things and to develop fast and accurate responses to puzzles and other game-style challenges.
This is no different than paying for a gym membership. Some people scoff at the price you pay when you join Lumosity. But I wonder, have they not realized that a gym membership for example costs too?
Nobdy can make a claim that by having a fitness gym membership, you'll be healthier. But it is one step closer for some people to be motivated to do excercise. To get all their "workout" in one place at one time is convenient.
The argument goes that you shouldn't pay for Lumosity because "all" of the games in there are available elsewhere for free if you just look. But this is baloney.
It's just like I was saying about a gym. You could go out and walk around the block a few times. You could go swimming at the neighborhood pool, or a friend's. You could go hiking. You could do this. You could. but you don't.
A gym is one convenient place to get a workout in as often and quickly as possible. Without having to worry about finding something to do "for free" that will yield the same results. Whether someone "should" make an effort to do this or not is an entirely different discussion altogether. This is about the value of paying for a complete service instead of coming up with a frankenstein solution.
This is the same thing. Why hunt around for 20+ games in different places, with different levels of quality and different rating scales. Can I see an averate of all the "measurable" items like memory, etc.
Some people laugh at the notion that you have to practice memory, but you do! Just like anything else, you have to practice memorizing stuff and remembering key elements about your daily life.
I would safely venture to say that practicing with memory games in a computer screen is a pretty good way of exercising our ability to memorize stuff.