Lumosity is an online tool used to increase memory, increase attention and improve overall cognitive performance. The advisory board for Lumosity initiated The Human Cognition Project, led by credible neuroscientists at Lumos Labs. These scientists conducted research dedicated to enhancing human intelligence.
21 ‘Lumosity.com’ Reviews
Still a dummy here
I used this service religiously for 2 years. My IQ is still shitty, and people still think I'm a little slow. Don't believe the hype!
Actually, since I stopped using Luminosity, I did not notice any difference. HOWEVER, I did come across this article that says there are cheap video games that are WAY better at making you more intelligent. See for yourself:
In short. Don't be stupid like me and don't pay these guys for a product that doesn't work! Instead, buy a video game like Portal. You'll be having fun, and it will be more effective at making you smart!
Seems to be a SCAM
They appear to collect a lot of information on you including your personality and traits. I understand that the games they offer are not taken seriously by mainstream science.
You might learn a little they COLLECT a LOT of data
The ENORMOUS database they are amassing will be sold to researchers to mine the data and make connections between personality and behavior, or maybe a certain collection of traits and schizophrenia.
Don't be fooled. They don't care about you getting smarter....they care about THEM getting smarter by collecting and timing every click and choice you ever make on that site.
WHATEVER you do... don't sign up with your real name and have your profile linked to your real identity (through payment for instance). Remember this rule of data - it will ultimately be used for purposes other than those for which it was collected.
Seems like good marketing over science.. because the commercialization and online marketing banners are everywhere.
I don't see the credible neuroscientists.. not that it matters.
These are just simple games that get harder, Pac-man gets harder to a point where I stop playing. Maybe this exposes weaknesses in areas of which I don't use as often, say 'basic division' or memory games so I stimulate a little bit of that cognitive area I don't use as often with the variety.. at 15 dollars a month its not the worst cost but I don't believe it will strengthen any brain skills at least it probably would plateau quickly. I unsubscribed after five days of trial because it really just is a stimulation in game form I could get from reading, math, crosswords, etc etc. I don't see the long term benefit but I do see the amount of marketing dollars and people protecting the Lumor name. It's well done, I don't hate Luminosity but it isn't for me even if I do need to sharpen skills.. but then again that's the beauty of the product who doesn't? Who doesn't want to get better at remembering names? Great marketing... even better when I sign up and forget to login to do the exercises but keep paying... ironically it's like a gym membership at the beginning of the year lots of members (membership fees) and after a month or two lots of open equipment. Just my opinion.
It seems to help!
I am a musician and am very interested in ways to strengthen my ability to memorize music. I was immediately helped by the memory games to expand my repertoire. Lumosity uses the brain's neuroplasticity or ability to physically adapt to the tasks it performs. What a great idea that we have this opportunity to increase brainpower and sharpen our cognition! This is based on the brain research that it also provides a wealth of data to help advance. Not only is your own cognition improved thru these games, but it helps the science advance by providing willing, paying participants in a vast experiment
forming a virtuous cycle. I don't understand all the negativity-I think it's a great idea.
It is a incremental battle
Lumosity does present its stats in a way that suggest daily gains are possible or even weekly, but The point of the games is to excercise different parts of your brain... if you play every day and gain familiarity you effectively hit a threshhold - at this point you should have gained very little to nothing - continue playing and you can increase the BPI threshhold (albeit at a very small amount). In a perfect world you hit your threshhold in a few weeks and see a very small improvement (
Don't waste your money; there is no scientific data show any actual effect or increase.
You are better off reading, playing any strategy base games then wasting your money on this garabage.
Quack, quack is duck not a goose, you silly people.
Okay games, no real brain training, gaming on taking your money
First, I have only played the free games as they try to lure me into signing up. I've done it for a couple of months now. The catch is that once you get good at a game and your BPI keeps rising they throw a new game at you which will take time to master and they drop your BPI. So if BPI is really a measure of my brain function how can it drop so much because a new game comes along even if I am a master at the other games. I'm very skeptical about Luminosity and based on other reviews my skepticism seems warranted. No reason to give them any money as there are so many free games to play online.
Not very challenging
I dunno ... it wasn't very challenging once I got a little more familiar with the games. I would think most PC, Xbox games out there would offer a much more intense and fun mental workout.
where's the scam?
I'm not sure what's up with all the reviews. It seems pretty simple to me: You play brain games, your mind gets sharper, end of story. Anything you do consistently and that challenges you will eventually make you better and smarter. It's just basic learning skills. I think these games are fun and challenging and personally I do see results and improvement in my daily life. And nope, I don't work for the company and nobody is paying me to write this.
Well, i signed up for the free trial and played the game. had no problem with it but I'm skeptical about anything that wants money from me so i looked at reviews every where and i probably would of gave it more thought if i didn't see all the comments from people like Theodore trying to get you to believe it isn't a scam. I am pretty sure he works for the company and i will have no part in that. ill wait until there is more ACTUAL research out there about brain strengthening.
Interesting site, false promise
The nail in the coffin was when I posed some of these questions to the support staff and received a reply saying if my questions are not emergencies or about billing problems, they would not answer them. So I made it a billing problem and cancelled my subscription...
I purchased a months service from this site a just over a week ago out of curiosity. Does it work?
I played the games 8 days straight and did the research which turned up mostly bad reviews and skepticism but some positive potential then turned my eyes to the site.
The Lumosity score is supposed to indicate "how much and how well you have trained". It does neither. The score would have to tell you how many games you have played to use it for that and with each game yielding variable points each play, there is no telling how many games you have played. Similarly, if you earn varying points each time you play and cannot compare it to previous days or weeks scores, there is no way to determine whether you are doing better or worse.
Are the games making me smarter or just training me to do simple tasks exceedingly well. I wondered if there is a test unrelated to these tasks which could measure increase in these performance areas.
I must admit, some of these games are pretty fun and gets the competitive nature going in me but many similar games can be found around the net for free.
Company that Scams People
They claim they have a money back guarantee but they took my money and I noticed how ineffective their service was and refused to refund me. Lumosity is a Scam and operates as one too.
Who cares about the money or scam fees and recharges once they get your credit card ? It's about wasted time.
This kind of training isn't going to make you better at chess or your job or playing a matching game with kids.
Just as fishing won't make you a better swimmer.
If you want to do better at something in life then FOCUS on that something not some silly time wasting games.
Even if you scored the highest score possible on every game from the very beginning you will still not be at the top because to be at the top you have to unlock everything and do well. This would be more accurate if the levels higher levels werent locked so that you could see how high you could possibly score from the beginning. As a result supposed "increases" in your BPI are fake because you could have had a higher score to begin with if you weren't limited the need to unlock the higher levels.
Reasonably Fun, questionable utility
I enjoy the games, keeping in mind this isn't intended to be the next Diablo game, it's brain training. I was interested enough in the free 3 days that I bought a year over a month ago, and I don't regret it yet. I suspect that by the time the year is up my scores will have improved significantly, but I question if that means I will have gained legitimate mental capability or just gotten better at these specific mental tasks. Does practicing remembering a window and letter sequence actually make it easier to remember people's names at work? Does quickly deciding if a triangle is not a square make me faster at work? I hope so, and I put money down on it because I think it'll work, but I'm not sure. I read the studies, but am not really convinced. I do like Lumosity better than their rather weak competition.
love it, have improved daily in all 5 area, however trouble accessing website
Please improve this website, very frustrating when I cannot continue a training session, this occurs usually in the mornings before 12:00
also please post my training session s at 9:00am. thanx
I am enjoying this brain train program immensely, very pleased with the results. it does work
Not very trustworthy
My cynicism about this site began shortly after signing up for the free version on Chrome.
My initial scores were pretty high (compared to the averages[?]), even though i did not quite feel like i had the hang of the games and felt kinda meh about my performance. However, as i began to get how they worked and started doing much better, my scores decreased and they really started pushing the paid membership to improve my cognitive capacity.
I began to look into the site and found that the research showing these games could improve your mental ability were all conducted by Lumos, the corporation running the site. How convenient.
i also was shocked by the lofty pricing for a website that lets you play rather unoriginal games.
The real slap to the forehead was the "Lifetime Membership" option offered by a website that has only been around for a very short time. This might seem like a "good deal" if they had been around for a decade or so, but i have only heard of these guys in the last year and their website does not give information on how long they have existed.
I found an article expressing skepticism like mine about the outfit on a British publication's website from 2009, along with a myriad of BAD reviews about the site on forums around the net. The REALLY interesting part about that was that there was almost always someone from Lumosity refuting or attempting to resolve these issues on those forums.
This is very strange to me that Lumosity actually has employees canvassing the net for bad reviews so they can address them. Veeeeeeery sketchy,
I purchased the online access a year ago and paid full with my credit card. I used it for a few times and find it very boring. It was what happened the next (and next...) that's outrageous:
I deactivated my credit card but I guess it was on file at Lumosity so the company promptly blocked my access, even though that I paid for a full year's access. I sent an email to inquire but got no response.
I later activated my credit card, so I just saw from my credit card statement that Lumosity promptly charged again for another year's service, without any notification.
How outrageous is that? I can't believe this company could be legal for these practices!!!
Customer service non-existant
I purchased a full family membership, however the other members cannot log on to Lumosity. I have sent 2 written complaints through their website, only to be told that they were really busy and will get back as soon as they can. This has been going on for over 3 weeks.