Improving My Brain Power

Brain model made from rusty metal gears and gold oneI recently attended a training class on a totally unrelated subject. In the class, they discussed how you can continue improving your brain into old age (and I mean old!) by using brain building activities. One activity that was suggested was Luminosity.

Up until that point, I had ignored the commercials I’d seen for Lumosity. I thought it was just another adult distraction from work. But learning how much longer people live productive lives when they exercise their minds in this way has made me interested. I’ve decided to try out Lumosity for a few months and see if it makes any difference at all.

If you are at all interested in what it’s like, it’s free to try. But here’s a description:

Basically, it’s the like the online games I’ve been playing with my kids for years – only faster. Matching games. Pattern games. Peripheral vision games. Each time you master a certain speed or level, the game gets harder to challenge you.  Here’s a quick description of my first games:

Speed Match

In this game, you cycle through 3 unfamiliar symbols in random order. You need to indicate if it matches the last symbol you just viewed. It sounds easy, but it moves very fast and after seeing each symbol several times, it gets harder to distinguish which one you just saw. What I found interesting was the way they not only named the game and told you what cognitive functions it helped, but they also gave real life examples of how you use the cognitive process(es).

speed match

Memory Matrix

In this game, a grid of squares is given a pattern. You then have to repeat the pattern. The patterns get more and more complex.

Eagle Eye

In this game, a complex photo takes up the entire screen. A bird appears somewhere on the screen and a number on another part for less than a second. You have to then click where the bird was located and select the number that matches the one shown.

The game stores your history and you can track your progress.  At the end of a month I’ll post any progress I’ve made back to this blog.

If you’re interested in improving your brain power – try Lumosity and tell me what you think of it. If you know of other brain building activities please share them!

Leigh Anne Lankford is an instructional designer with more than 21 years’ experience in the field of HRD. She is a Relationship Manager for TrainingPros in Atlanta, working closely with training and development departments of large organizations to identify, attract, and on-board contract employees for very specific and specialized training and development needs. You can reach Leigh Anne at leighanne.lankford@training-pros.com. 

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