Lumosity Brain Trainer
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the activities in Lumosity Brain Trainer were designed by top neuroscientists to improve players' Brain Performance Index (BPI). The simple games tap into cognitive processes like speed, attention, memory, flexibility, and problem solving. The developers claim that playing the games a few minutes each day can help enhance and maintain these skills for folks young and old. Players can complete five training sessions for free; to continue practicing and to unlock more games, players must upgrade with an in-app purchase of $4.99 for 3 months, $6.99 for 6 months, and $9.99 for a year.
What kids can learn
Thinking & Reasoning
- problem solving
- personal growth
Engagement, Approach, Support
Oddly addicting. The activities are not particularly fun or engaging, and young kids may tire of them quickly. But players motivated by the challenge of improving their BPIs will keep coming back for more.
Helps kids exercise cognitive skills like memory and speed. With practice, they should notice they're increasing their pace and mental flexibility. At times, it can feel like "turning off your brain" helps you go faster.
The navigation, instructions, and explanations all require reading, which makes this app a bit challenging for kids. Gives a nice, general explanation of why we should maintain our cognitive skills.
What's it about?
In LUMOSITY BRAIN TRAINER, players choose from 10 games in two different modes. In Trainer mode, the app randomly picks three of the games for a training session. The games range from solving simple math problems to remembering patterns. Most games are timed to test speed and get increasingly more difficult. Each session factors into the BPI scores. Players can also practice in the Game mode, where they choose the specific games they want to practice. The scores in Game mode do not save.
Is it any good?
Lumosity Brain Trainer can be oddly addicting. The activities themselves are not particularly fun or engaging, and young kids may tire of them quickly. However, players motivated by the challenge of improving their BPIs will keep coming back for more. With the upgrade, players can track progress and see how their scores increase over time. The upgrade also allows players to compare their scores to those of other Lumosity users. For the full experience and recommended continual practice, the upgrade is a must.
The app gives a nice, general explanation of why we should maintain our cognitive skills and shares some of the research behind the app. For those who are curious, though, it doesn’t go into much detail about exactly how these activities "train our brains."
Families can talk about...
Encourage your kids to play the Lumosity games a little each day.
Find riddles and brain teasers to share with your kids and ask them to find some for you. Kids love it when adults are stumped!