The bright points in the above diagram represent the growing success of Lumosity’s Education Access Program (LEAP), which has helped thousands of students since its creation in 2009. By providing free Lumosity subscriptions to schools worldwide, LEAP gives students and teachers the opportunity to benefit from cognitive training.
LEAP is getting rave reviews, but how do we really know it works on students?
Similar to the ways in which schools test students’ improvements in areas like math and science using standardized tests, Lumosity tests LEAP participants using standardized scientific assessments of cognitive abilities like processing speed and memory. The first time a LEAP student logs on to Lumosity, he or she completes the first assessment. At the end of the program, a student takes the same assessment again. We compare students’ scores at the beginning and end of training in order to measure the effect of Lumosity.
LEAP students who played more than the average number of games showed significant improvements in assessments measuring processing speed and problem solving. Students who played more than 150 games improved twice as much as those who played fewer games.
Here’s what Mary Williams, a guidance officer at Tamborine Mountain State School, had to say:
“Our students were keen to participate and often sad when they had no more sessions to finish. I noticed a difference in their ability to focus and concentrate as the weeks went by. Thanks for the opportunity to be involved.”
We’re proud to assist students and teachers across the world. In fact, thanks to overwhelming applications and results, we’ve decided to expand LEAP for the upcoming semester. The program improves with feedback, and each school will continue to teach us even more about how to help students.
Stay tuned for further LEAP results. And remember that while these students are lucky enough to start training early in their lives, research shows that Lumosity can improve your brain no matter what your age. You can follow their bright examples by training today!