Thank you to everyone who entered and voted in Lumosity’s Why I Play contest! In all, almost 5,000 of you told us why you play Lumosity, and 13,000 of you voted your favorite stories to the top.
Congratulations to the popular vote winner, Francis Benedict Lauchang, whose entry received 850 votes! Francis will receive a new iPad and a Lifetime Subscription to Lumosity.com. Based on YOUR votes, 19 other entries won subscriptions to Lumosity.com.
For even more inspired stories visit our new Lumosity Stories page!
In addition to the popular vote winners, the Lumosity team chose 10 more great entries to win additional prizes. We’re inspired by your stories, and amazed by the variety of reasons our members train their brains: to stay healthy for your family, to give you a competitive edge at work, to recover from an injury, to excel in school, to continue to challenge yourself after your formal education has ended, and so many more. At Lumosity we’re proud to challenge you to be your best selves every day!
Though the decision was difficult, we want to congratulate our Grand Prize Winner, Maureen Cameron! Maureen (pictured above) will receive a new MacBook Air and a Lifetime Subscription to Lumosity!
As a medical resident in internal medicine, I’m afraid I don’t live the best lifestyle. I am chronically sleep deprived, and often under a lot of stress while trying to make quick life or death decisions for my patients. I try to take care of myself physically and emotionally, but I had noticed my memory and information retention was really starting to take a hit. I joined Lumosity with the hope that I might be able to give my brain a little TLC, and improve my cognitive functioning. At the beginning, my performance was fairly pitiful… My BPI was around the 11th percentile for my age group. A few months in, I’m now at the 84th percentile! I find the Lumosity games fun and diverting, and I try to play every day. Just a daily reminder to care not only for my patients, but for myself too!
In addition to our Grand Prize winner we chose 10 more entries to receive a Lifetime Subscription to Lumosity. Here are their stories. We hope they inspire you as much as they inspire us!
My name is Adrian, I am paralyzed and as such I have no control over my physical body. Lumosity offers me a way to maintain and improve the one thing that I can control which is my mind. I try to play at least once a day since the best way to improve is to be consistent about whatever it is you’re doing, thanks.
- Adrien R. Chatsworth, GA
When I grow old, I want it to be with a full head of white hair and not the dull gray hues. I want to age with dignity and a sharp mind. Being a Speech Language Pathologist and working with geriatric patients, I see varying degrees of cognitive deterioration. Using Lumosity daily, I help patients improve their daily activities allowing them to age with dignity. I believe I inspire my patients to continue their cognitive linguistic brain training on their own. I want to be a grandmother who remembers all the names of her children, grandchildren, and even great grandchildren. I want to read books and remember details vividly. I want to travel and experience new cultures. I want my executive function abilities to stay sharp. Thank you, Lumosity, for inspiring me to become a better me.
-Olga G. Kennewick, WA
I play because I had an accident where I aquired a TBI or concussion. I had no idea it could be so incredibly challenging. My work is to help empower people with developmental disabilities empower themselves, so I try to walk the walk by working on improving myself. Meeting challenges head on (literally!) and taking responsibility to work hard and value my own abilities. Lumosity was recommended to me by my Neuropsychologist and it helps me to recover what I can, and to try and keep myself as sharp as possible so that I am at my best to help empower others!
- Tammy M. Vancouver, Canada
I was encouraged by my Music Theory teacher at IUPUI to subscribe to Lumosity to help me increase my brain power. I’m trying to pursue a master’s degree in Music Technology at Purdue University at 58 years old. I plan to graduate with this degree at the ripe age of 61. Since completing Lumosity’s exercises I’ve seen a dramatic increase in my focus, ability to absorb and remember constant information from my classes. I’m better managing my stress level so that I don’t panic when trying to complete multiple projects from my class assignments, better at understanding the academia verbiage. Most of all, it’s given me the confidence and positive attitude that I WILL get this degree. Thank you Lumosity for paving my way to academic success!
-Raul P. Indianapolis, IN
I didn’t believe it existed until it happened to me. I didn’t think it was going to happen to me. But it did. The Mamma Brain. Forgetting details like names of familiar people, including friends, being unable to recall details about what I did during the day, never finding where I put an item…etc. Pouring water into the coffee grounds while making coffee was the last straw. I knew it had to stop when I started using it as an excuse. Oh, yea. It’s Mamma Brain!
Well, no more. I went back to my good ol’ Lumosity account, and started playing again. I want to stay as sharp as possible for my little one. I’ve always liked my brain. In fact I believe it is my best asset, and I want to keep it that way for as long as I am alive. That is why I play.
-Wudasie E. Toronto, Canada
High school debate is somewhat of a cult. Debaters across the nation pour their blood, sweat, tears, and social lives into the activity in hopes of being the best – be it in their school, region, state, or nation. It’s become an elitist game of hard work, persuasion, and quick thinking where all the pieces must fall perfectly for one to become the best. Lumosity (not so elitist) should be every debater’s best friend. I’ve been unsure about whether or not I truly have what it takes to be successful in debate at the state and national levels since I first began debate as a freshman; Lumosity helped change that. Ever since I began playing, I think faster, I remember my facts while giving speeches which allows me to make more eye contact with my judges, and I can think of arguments and questions against my opponents exponentially faster. I’d never guess that playing a few games every day would make me a better debater, but the results cannot be questioned. I know that there’s always room for improvement, and Lumosity will only help me develop as a persuader as I progress through my next year and a half in high school. The real question is, do I risk being mocked by the cult that is the debate community by sharing this magical website with them, or do I keep it to myself as my secret weapon?
- John N. Redwood City, CA
I live in a small fishing village in northern Iceland, we get snow. We get storms. We get trapped inside our house. I can connect to Lumosity on my phone during all these things to keep my mind active or stimulated while my windows are all blocked out with white snow. I live 4 hours north of the city, and Lumosity keeps the bus ride interesting. It is the only game I have, or play. I’m not a games person, but Lumosity has an obvious benefit
-Melody S. Skagaströndm, Iceland
Teaching neurolinguistics has taught me how important brain activation and reinforcing neural networks are. I play Lumosity to keep my neurons on their toes. If they fall asleep, my brain will also start to vegetate, and I am not at an age when I can allow my neurons to get lazy and sluff off. So, every morning, I blow the whistle and get my team of neurons out on the Lumosity playing field to start training and weed out the 90-pound weaklings. It makes me feel as though the members of my brain team are strong, agile, and in shape.
- Pamela B. Granada, Spain
Any DJ could tell you that what we do is a lot more than clicking from song to song in a playlist. There are so many things you have to keep up with! It’s my job is to link multiple songs together seamlessly using the keys, tempos, progressions, and various parts of the song. That alone is a challenge in itself. However, much like Lumosity’s ‘Familiar Faces’ I have to take song requests from multiple people in several genres and somehow work them into my repertoire. This can be quite the challenge, especially with all of the distractions in a club setting–lasers, lights, loud music, people dancing, bands setting up to play, etc. What I’ve found is that Lumosity helps me train my brain for these moments. It helps me focus on what I need to do, not get distracted, and helps me multi task all of the various elements of my performance.
Thanks for helping me keep the party going, Lumosity!
-Jennifer L. Chattanooga, TN
In 2007, I was a Junior in college with good grades, a great attitude, tons of goals. The sky was the limit for my ambitions. Towards the end of summer school that year, I was attending a party and was attacked by someone I didn’t know. The impact to my head broke a blood vessel in my brain (epidural hematoma), I was rushed to the hospital to have emergency brain surgery. I was literally cut down in my prime.
Accounts from my family members and doctors, said that I was surprisingly alert and normal considering the traumatic brain injury I had just sustained. This became frustrating, because I looked and seemed normal, but I knew something was amiss. I didn’t react the same, I didn’t think the same, it was as if I was living in somebody else’s brain!
Enter Lumosity: At the time, my sister was attending graduate school, studying Neuroscience. She saw that I couldn’t communicate my thoughts and emotions as well as before and knew my brain had been “rewired.” However, there was hope. Through her studies she had heard of a beta program called Lumosity and thought it could help me. For Christmas, the next year I received my first membership to Lumosity.
I loved it! It was fun, and easy to understand, but also challenging! After a few weeks of playing, I got better and better and I started to see small changes in my recall, memory and confidence that I hadn’t seen since BEFORE my head injury. I was empowered by the improvement and that gave me hope and self-confidence. It helped me understand that my brain wasn’t forever handicapped, that we have the power to change our own brains! After a year and a half, I realized; I had moved out of town, I graduated from college, I got a couple jobs and an internship and I was moving on with my life!
I realize that many things contributed to my progress and growth as a person in the last 5 years, but I strongly believe Lumosity was a catalyst to this progress and growth. I have learned that there are many things in life that I cannot control and it’s important not to dwell on those experiences. I must focus on the things I CAN control. For me, I learned to focus on my own recovery and that focus led to confidence and then to success. I hold a spot very close to my heart for Lumosity. Please keep up the great work and I hope you affect many others’ lives like you have mine!
- Shane R. Kansas City, MO
Thanks to everyone who shared their Lumosity success stories! To read all the great Why I Play entries, click HERE.
(Some entries were edited for length and grammar.)