As I first introduced in a post about Brain Games 2 Train Your Brain, the website www.lumosity.com has a unique program of online interactive games to train your brain. They are also quantitative so you can track your progress using their BPI number.
What is Lumosity.com’s BPI number?
According to their website …
Brain Performance Index (BPI) is a measure of cognitive performance.
It is based on the combined results of your best games in each Brain Area – Memory, Attention, Speed, Flexibility, Problem Solving.
What I have noticed so far:
I seem to be steadily improving my BPI score although I wonder if it is really effecting my brain’s structure or if it is simply a normal the learning process (similar to learning “the tricks” of a video game). I have not yet seen any noticeable changes in my abilities to get things done in my business although I’m not exactly sure what I would be looking for.
One interesting Brain Game observation…
There is one game at Lumosity.com where the goal is to remember the names of various cartoon people to help improve your ability to remember people’s names. As I played the game, I noticing that if a character looked familiar and I guessed at their name, I was right most of the time. In a way, it may be giving me more confidence trusting my subconscious mind when it comes to remembering people’s names.
“Age is all in your mind”…
Another observation I have of Lumosity.com’s system is based on the fact that the “comparison function” groups people by their age in 5-10 year brackets. I was curious to see how I stacked up against other people of different ages so I put in a false birth date and re-ran the comparison statistics. The graphics below show my scores as compared to 35-39 year olds and also 50-54 year olds.
I’m not saying which age group I am in… but I know that I’m hoping to interact with both ends of that range so I guess the comparative standings are good information to know.
If you know anyone at Lumosity.com, please forward a link to this article to them. I would love to hear more [in the comment section?] about how they set up the comparisons and why there is such a dramatic difference in index numbers for the different age groups. Is there a bias based on the design of the games? Is the sample size smaller for the older group and what effect does that cause? How much of an effect is created by “self-selection”, i.e. younger people who enjoy online games choosing to participate vs. older people who are less likely to play online games?
Summary so far…
I am enjoying the games and find them a good way to get my head ready for work. Sort of like a form of “productive procrastination”. The real test will be to see what results I get after a month or two of brain game training. Did I mention that I tend to get better scores after a caffeinated beverage? It remains to be seen how the training will play out but I will keep you posted of the results as my head gets stronger & faster using Lumosity.com’s brain game training.
What do you think? Leave a comment and let me know your take on brain functionality !