Michael Scanlon co-founded Lumosity in 2005, and helped grow Lumosity into the leading provider of brain fitness training with over 45 million users. He developed training to improve human cognition through brain plasticity, and established new research techniques to enable rapid testing of these methods at large-scale. Prior to founding Lumosity, Michael was a neuroscience PhD student at Stanford University where his research included investigation of the neural correlates of human cognitive processes such as memory and attention, neurogenesis in rodents due to exercise and learning, and cellular plasticity initiated by changes in the environment. Michael graduated from Princeton University with an A.B. in Psychology.
Dr. Joe Hardy works with an international team of researchers to uncover the secrets of cognitive enhancement and build cognitive training experiences based on the science of neuroplasticity. He has over 8 years of R&D experience in the field of cognitive training. Dr. Hardy received his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley and performed his postdoctoral research fellowship at the the University of California, Davis Medical Center. He also has an MBA from the Haas School of Business at Berkeley.
Dr. Faraz Farzin is a Research Scientist focused on developing, conducting, and managing rigorous studies evaluating the efficacy of Lumosity's training system. She has over ten years of experience studying brain development, visual perception, and cognitive psychology in both healthy and clinical populations using behavioral, eye-tracking, and neurophysiological methods. She has been awarded multiple research grants from the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Farzin earned a PhD in Developmental Psychology and a B.S. in Genetics from the University of California, Davis, and completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at Stanford University. Prior to joining Lumos Labs, Dr. Farzin served as Chief Scientist of the Social Apps Lab at the University of California, Berkeley, where she helped to develop and test positive impact games for children.
Dr. Daniel Sternberg leads the analysis of Lumosity's database of human cognitive performance. His research focuses on fundamental questions about learning and the transfer of cognitive abilities across tasks, answers to which improve the effectiveness of Lumosity's cognitive training system. He also uses the Lumosity database to uncover interesting relationships between cognitive performance and other environmental factors. Dr. Sternberg received his PhD in Cognitive Psychology from Stanford University. While at Stanford, he employed a combination of behavioral experiments and computational models to study human learning processes.
Dr. Kacey Ballard is the product manager of the Lumosity cognitive training system. With her extensive expertise in assessing individuals' learning strategies, preferences, biases, and emotional experiences, she leads initiatives to improve the efficacy of the Lumosity training system and create an engaging user experience. Dr. Ballard received her PhD in Psychology from Stanford University. While at Stanford, she led an independent research program to investigate the neural mechanisms that underlie learning and decision making.
Aaron Kaluszka directs the development of new cognitive training games, combining expertise in neuroscience with expertise in game design drawn from past work as a game critic and archivist. He designs training tasks optimized to improve cognitive abilities using quantitative methods. Aaron is completing his joint PhD in Bioengineering at UC Berkeley and UCSF. He received his Masters in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences from UC Berkeley. While at Berkeley, he developed new analytical algorithms for electrophysiological experiments involving sensory processing and plasticity.
Nicole Ng leads Lumosity's Education Access Program (LEAP), which investigates the effects of cognitive training in various learning environments through collaborations with educators and researchers worldwide. Drawing on her experiences in teaching, coaching, and research, Nicole bridges a historical gap between educators in the classroom and scientists studying important questions about cognitive abilities and how we learn. Through these efforts, she uncovers insights about novel methods for enhancing learning abilities in students. Nicole earned her B.A. in Molecular Biology and Neuroscience from Princeton University, where she spent some time measuring the effects of exercise on neuroplasticity in mice.