Dr. Bob Schafer, Ph.D., Head of Research at Lumos Labs, tackles one of the biggest questions we get: does Lumosity work? Or: what does Lumosity make you better at?
Based on our research, Dr. Schafer says, we’re confident that Lumosity can make you better at a number of things, starting with the game you’re training on, similar games, and unrelated games in the program. Beyond that, we’ve found that Lumosity training also transfers to measurable outcomes beyond the program, including improved performance on cognitive assessments like our NeuroCognitive Performance Test (NCPT) and self-reported measures of concentration and mood.
What is transfer of learning?
Transfer of learning describes how learning or experience in one thing can result in improvements in other areas. So, in the case of Lumosity, how does training with Lumosity and improving on one of our games translate to improvements in other aspects of cognitive performance? There are degrees of transfer, as well: near transfer and far transfer.
As Dr. Schafer describes in “Does Lumosity Work?”, we’ve amassed evidence showing that training on one game makes you better at other games. Moreover, we see transfer of learning beyond Lumosity games, such as training on Lumosity driving gains on cognitive assessments. We’re committed to further exploring how Lumosity may transfer to gains in your everyday life.
What is the NeuroCognitive Performance Test?
The NeuroCognitive Performance Test (NCPT) is a brief, repeatable, web-based cognitive assessment platform, similar to those used by clinicians to evaluate individuals’ cognitive performance. The NCPT is designed to measure functioning across working memory, visuospatial memory, psychomotor speed, fluid and logical reasoning, response inhibition, numerical calculations, and selective and divided attention. In an analysis that Lumos Labs published in November 2015 in Frontiers in Psychology, the NCPT was shown to have good test-retest reliability and concurrent validity to widely accepted pencil-and-paper neuropsychological tests, as well as to be sensitive to expected age-related cognitive decline.
You can read the original analysis in Frontiers in Psychology: https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01652/full
Interested in learning more about how we’ve demonstrated Lumosity training’s transfer to improvements on the NCPT? Check out this blog post summarizing our peer-reviewed study that compared NCPT performance from people who trained with Lumosity and those from a control group that trained with crossword puzzles.
You can also read the original study at PLOS One: http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0134467