Brain Training Doesn't Work. Lumosity.com is a Waste of Time and Money
People will go to all means to earn some extra money. First, the body-fitness workout and tools were invented; okay, at least these do benefit you. But now the "scientists" and the entrepreneurs who pay those "scientists" to make fools of the general public claim they have invented "brain-workout".
So, to get to the main point first, the best answer to the burning question "does Lumosity work?" will be "Lumosity doesn't work in the way that you expect it to work (it doesn't work in the way they make it sound like in its commercials). And what that means is:
Lumosity will not make you smarter! (...And getting smarter is exactly what everyone involved in, or contemplating about joining this "workout" program is hoping to achieve, am I not correct?)
What that means specifically is that this "workout" will not make you any better at anything besides the actual games and puzzles that you do in that program. And the reason for that is because what you acquire in this brain-fitness program (and other similar "brain-training" programs) is a set of non-transferrable skills. That means, again, that yes, you will get batter at the specific games and puzzles that they designed, but that's where all the improvement will end. Period. Improvement in the performance of these games won't translate into an improvement in speed and accuracy of your judgment and decision-making, memory or problem solving in the real-life settings. You will practice the puzzles offered by Lumosity and will (likely) get better at solving these, but the brain circuits involved in real life decision-making, problem-solving are different and more complex, solving puzzles will not affect these. (Yes, brain is so complex it can get frustrating!)
But some may object that Lumosity is supposedly "based on neuroscience"
Well, contrary to what the model in the Lumosity commercial is constantly telling you, there were no real neuroscience or neuroscientists involved in its development.
*Maybe that's because I am very close to neuroscience, personally, but that phrase in their commercials makes me especially angry (that phrase coming from some lifestyle model whose only involvement in any kind of brain or memory training has likely been limited to memorizing that commercial script.)
And the reason there is no neuroscience involved has to do with what I talked about above: Any, even beginner neuroscientist knows about such property of the brain as its specificity which is precisely what makes the results you get with Lumosity non-transferrable (read useless). (As well, neuroscientists obviously know about everything (and more) that you are about to find out further, if you keep reading)
Of course, in any field there are some for whom money is the deciding factor, and for a paycheck, Lumosity rep-s may have managed to get a few such "individuals-holding some kind-of-neuroscience-related-degree-who-are-actually-not- true-to-science-at-all -but- to-money-and-money-only" to associate with them, but no true neuroscientists. (Because the goal of a true neuroscientist is to dedicate his knowledge and skill to improve the understanding of the brain, and which ultimately means improving people's lives, and not to reaping these people off designing "brain-workouts" that are both pointless and useless.) Yes, unfortunately it's true: in order to be able to say "based on neuroscience" and not have it officially considered fraud or deception, there doesn't need to be any kind of actual neuroscience research or n-s-based development involved!
Moving on to the second major point. Not only is Lumosity unhelpful but it also is completely unnecessary!
Body-workouts are useful, because it is true that most people do not move around and exert their muscles as much as they are naturally meant to (which is apparent when you see the access fat and poor muscle tone that many people have). When it comes to "brain-exercise", however our modern environment presents way too much of it already: The amount of information we are bombarded from everywhere in the modern information-based society is enormous: advertisements, commercials, projects and assignments on your job, your mobile plans and other plans, the numerous bills that you have to pay, school work, deadlines, all the written and visual information of various forms of social media... the list is enormous! You do not think of these things as exercises, because many of these are actually a part of fun and rest for you, but when you get to the essence of it, this is all information. And that's your brain's job to keep and manage all this information on a daily basis.
Do you really think it needs some additional kind of exercises besides that? Do you think even a hundred years ago there were nearly as many of such exercises for your brain as there are now?
Were people more retarded back then because their brain did not get all that exercise? Well, judging by the brilliant works of art and literature, all the innovations and discoveries, that was not the case at all!
So, if anything, what we have to care about in this hectic age of information, is protecting our brain from the overload of information, the "brain-excercise" overload, not about excercising it further!
The question then will be: So if Lumosity is not improving any aspect of your intellect and is basically not in any way whatsoever effective and beneficial for you, then how come it's allowed to advertise its services?
Wait! Who said its completely ineffective? Did you forget the puzzles and other exercises you improved at? You did get better at these! Yes, that does not affect anything in the context of real life, but did they ever directly say in what contexts you were to expect improvements? Watch the commercials again; they never said anything on that! And so you've got nothing on them!
You wanted to improve reaction - you did improve it, yes only for their games, but did they ever specify in what context it's expected to improve? No. So technically it's your bad!
In other words, technically Lumosity is not a fraud, because you do get better at solving their puzzles. All other expectations you that had are technically your own mistake, for which they cannot be blamed...technically...
I know that's ridiculous, but on airtime, Internet, and other broadcasting, these blatant manipulations and mind games are okay and allowed, as long as no direct deception is happening.
That adds some irony to the whole situation:
Those who never got involved with Lumosity are the smarter ones!
Lumosity will not make you smarter. It is unnecessary and not beneficial in any other way either.
Lumosity is bullshit.
It seems though we are getting more and more of the Lumosity-propoganda from its adds and commercials that are as numerous and stubborn as they ever were, if not more so, So Lumosity seems to be doing well... Well, I only hope the funding for all that major brain-wash is coming from their own initial investments in its compaign, and not from all the new money they are reaping-off!
In support of the above, I quote the final result of the controlled scientific study that was carried out by BBC (involving real neuroscientists) that testes whether or not Lumosity is effective
=>Dr Adrian Owen, a neuroscientist at the Medical Research Council, said: "The results are clear. "Statistically, there are no significant differences between the improvements seen in participants who played our brain training games, and those who just went on the Internet for the same length of time."
=>Clive Ballard of the Alzheimer's Society said: "This evidence could change the way we look at brain training games and shows staying active by taking a walk for example is a better use of our time."
=>Rebecca Wood of the Alzheimer's Research Trust said: "This suggests that 'brain training' does not improve people's cognitive ability.
There's no more to add. The conclusion is unanimous and clear,
Lumosity is bullshit.
...6 weeks of wasted time! :)