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Brain Training Can Make You Smarter

  • Posted: 08/18/2013 12:12 pm
Brain Training Can Make You Smarter
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A new San Francisco web-based company, Lumosity, has developed the first “brain training program” that could prove  useful to college students.

According to an article promoting the website, as people get older, both mental clarity and memory retention can become increasingly more difficult. This, in part, can be attributed to the influx of information the brain intakes, combined with the brain’s advancement in age.

“While seemingly innocent, the loss of mental focus can potentially have a detrimental impact on our professional, social and personal well-being,” the article stated.

The average college student usually has quite a lot of information to take in. For example, Lois Bryan, a graduate student with UCO’s counseling psychology program, works two part-time jobs, on top of being a full-time student. She also commutes to Edmond from Norman four days a week. To help her keep track of all the information she must retain, Bryan has devised a practical way to help her remember everything.

“I keep a calendar of my deadlines, events and shifts, and I check them daily,” Bryan said.

While Bryan’s method is effective and traditional, Lumosity looks to streamline the process of assisting in one’s ability to retain information. The article says that the brain, like any other muscle, requires exercise. In a sense, the website hopes to create a form of brain training.

Lumosity’s website offers numerous exercises that are expected to train and strengthen a number of aspects of the brain, including memory, attention, speed, flexibility and problem solving. Each of these categories include four subcategories that the user can then pick and choose to focus on in an attempt to personalize each individual’s experience with the program. The site also offers a series of games to help make memory retention more enjoyable.

Chloe Grey Baird, a UCO student who has tried the program, said that she found this particular aspect of the program to be helpful. “I struggle a lot with committing things to memory when I hear them for the first time, like names,” Baird said, “So I believe the memory games would help a lot with that.”

Baird will also be working part-time, going to classes, and attending events for her sorority, this fall. With such a full workload, Baird said the website could really benefit her daily life and assist her with memory retention.

“I do think it would help if you use daily because it does really challenge certain key points,” Baird said.

While the program normally requires a subscription fee, Lumosity is currently offering a free trial for any potential customers that may be interested in trying the program.

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