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Lumosity Expands Product Offering to Include Language Category

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San Francisco, Calif. - April 5, 2016 - Lumosity today announced the launch of its Language category, a set of new games designed to help players practice using language skills. The suite of five Language games includes a range of language skills and was designed to introduce players to new vocabulary, surface etymological foundations, illuminate nuances of definitions, and facilitate practice using words in context. The games are available in preview on lumosity.com, and the company plans to add more Language games and additional skill areas in 2016.

"At Lumosity, we’ve learned a great deal about creating adaptive, game-based products and we are excited to build on these learnings to create new experiences for our users," said Beverly Chung, Senior Product Manager at Lumosity. "We are always looking to create rich experiences for our users and we chose language as the first new area to explore because of feedback we’ve received from them."

Lumosity's Science and Games teams have partnered with vocabulary experts to build out the Language games. The Language category consists of Word Bubbles, Editor’s Choice, Taking Root, Continuum and Contextual. Word Bubbles is a verbal fluency game where users are presented with a phonemic stem and tasked with recalling as many words of various letter lengths as possible. In Editor’s Choice, users quickly select synonyms for a given word from a list. Taking Root teaches the meanings of various word roots and allows players to apply these learnings to define new words, while Continuum presents players with related words and asks them to order the words according to their meanings. Contextual involves reading comprehension, requiring players to identify and replace any incorrectly used words in a given text.

"Lumosity's new offering provides adults of all ages with an accessible and fun way to practice language skills. I especially like that it provides playful encounters with words and patterns related to words," said Judith Scott, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the University of California, Santa Cruz’s Education department, who worked with the Lumosity team to develop the new Language games.

The new Language category games are currently available in preview on lumosity.com. Over the next several months, the team plans to expand the suite of games, adding more content to the existing games and designing additional language exercises, at which point the team plans to make the games available both in Lumosity’s mobile apps and to free users. The Games team has begun prototyping new games involving other skills like math to further expand the breadth of Lumosity’s product offerings and develop robust complements to Lumosity’s core cognitive training product.

About Lumos Labs

Lumos Labs is the maker of Lumosity, a leading brain training product with more than 70 million members and paying subscribers from 180 countries. Founded in 2005 and launched in 2007, Lumosity offers more than 50 games that are designed to challenge core cognitive abilities. Lumosity’s games are based on neuroscience, with continuing independent third-party studies being conducted by researchers at academic institutions around the world. Lumosity is available on iPad, iPhone and Android, and in several additional languages including French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish. Lumos Labs is headquartered in San Francisco, California. For more information, please visit www.lumosity.com.

A letter to our members on the FTC settlement

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Dear Lumosity members,

Thank you for helping us make 2015 an amazing year for Lumosity. With your support, we continue to invest in our products, conduct scientific research, and strive to be on the cutting edge of bringing science and technology together. As you may be aware, we recently settled a Federal Trade Commission inquiry regarding certain advertising language from past marketing campaigns. We made the decision to settle in order to focus on what is most important to us:

Delivering engaging cognitive training products to our 70 + million members and promoting innovation within the field of cognitive training.

It is important to note that this settlement does not speak to the rigor of our research or the quality of our products. We proudly stand behind the Lumosity product that millions of our members train with each month.

We are also inspired by our 100+ research partners who have chosen to use Lumosity and our cognitive assessments in their research. This research includes several studies funded by the National Institutes of Health; partnerships with leading healthcare providers and pharmaceutical companies; and innovative registries operated by leading universities around the world that are working to unlock future research opportunities to support brain health.

Lumosity draws on research that has developed over decades, but we are at the forefront of a new and rapidly innovating field, which means there is a lot we don't yet know. Although scientists continue to debate how to conduct and interpret research in this area, there have been many promising results with our product and others — and we are committed to advancing research on the possibilities of cognitive training.

For example, in the past year we published two important studies:

  • A large-scale, randomized, controlled trial to measure the effects of Lumosity training in healthy adults, using crossword puzzles as a control, was published in PLOS ONE in August 2015. The study reported that participants who trained with Lumosity for 10 weeks improved on an aggregate assessment of cognition.
  • In November, we published a paper investigating the reliability and validity of our NeuroCognitive Performance Test (NCPT), in Frontiers in Psychology.

Going forward, a key focus of our ongoing research is to build on these studies to better understand how training-driven improvements on tests of cognition translate to performance in participants' everyday lives.

Thank you for your continued support. We are excited about the road ahead for Lumosity, our research partners, and the promises of cognitive training.

Technology Veteran Steve Berkowitz Named CEO of Lumos Labs

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San Francisco, Calif. - November 11, 2015 - Lumos Labs, the maker of Lumosity, today announced that Steve Berkowitz has been named Chief Executive Officer of the company, effective as of November 2015. Berkowitz succeeds Kunal Sarkar, a co-founder of the company, who has been appointed chairman of the board of directors and will continue to work with the company’s leadership on strategy and long-term vision.

“It has been extremely rewarding to see Lumosity grow over the past 10 years from a concept to a full-fledged product offering with more than 70 million users across the globe. I have been working on a CEO succession plan for some time to ensure that Lumos Labs continues to evolve and grow in the right way,” said Sarkar. “After a lengthy search process, I believe that Steve is the right person for this role - he is a seasoned leader with a stellar track record, having previously led two public companies as CEO. I’m excited that he is on board to scale our company to the next level.”

“I have been a long-time fan of Lumosity and am excited to have been chosen to take on the role of CEO at Lumos Labs,” said Berkowitz. “Lumosity has been instrumental in defining the cognitive training space, both for consumers and researchers, and I look forward to leading the company through its next stage of growth.”

Berkowitz has over 30 years of senior management experience and was most recently the CEO of Move Inc. from 2009 to 2014, running both a SAAS business for real estate professionals and the consumer brand realtor.com. In September 2014, he presided over the $950 million acquisition of Move by News Corp.

Earlier in his career, Berkowitz served as the CEO of Ask Jeeves (Ask.com). He was credited with building the management team that led Ask.com to grow from $40 million to $1.85 billion in value, and in 2005, he led the sale of the business to IAC/InterActive Corporation for $1.85 billion.

Berkowitz has also served as the Senior Vice President of the Online Services Group for Microsoft, which included MSN.com, advertising sales, business development, and marketing for Live Platform, Search, MSN and Windows Live.

Berkowitz also served as the President and Chief Operating Officer of IDG Books, a company that went public in 1998, where he successfully expanded the “Dummies” series of books into a celebrated consumer brand covering everything from C++ to pet care from 1994 to 1999. Berkowitz began his career in the education and publishing space, and has held senior leadership positions at Intermap Systems, Henry Holt Publishing and MacMillan Publishing. Berkowitz graduated from State University of New York at Albany with a B.A. in Accounting.

About Lumos Labs
Lumos Labs is the maker of Lumosity, a leading brain training product with more than 70 million members, and paying subscribers from 180 countries. Founded in 2005 and launched in 2007, Lumosity offers more than 40 games that are designed to challenge core cognitive abilities. Lumosity’s games are based on neuroscience, with continuing independent third-party studies being conducted by researchers at academic institutions around the world. Lumosity is available on iPad, iPhone and Android, and in several additional languages including French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese and Spanish. Lumos Labs is headquartered in San Francisco, California. For more information, please visit www.lumosity.com.

Large-Scale Study on Lumos Labs’ Online Cognitive Assessment Published in Frontiers in Psychology

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Study Compares NeuroCognitive Performance Test (NCPT) to Traditional Pencil-Paper Neuropsychological Assessments

San Francisco, Calif. - November 3, 2015 - Lumos Labs, the makers of Lumosity, today announced the publication regarding its NeuroCognitive Performance Test (NCPT), a brief, repeatable, web-based cognitive assessment platform. Neuropsychological assessments are designed to measure cognitive functions in both healthy and clinical populations and are used for research studies, clinical diagnoses, patient outcomes, and intervention monitoring. The study, titled “Reliability and validity of the NeuroCognitive Performance Test, a web-based neuropsychological assessment,” was published in the peer-reviewed journal, Frontiers in Psychology on November 3, 2015, and discusses the reliability and validity of the NCPT battery as a measure of cognitive performance.

“Pencil-paper neuropsychological assessments have been used for decades to measure cognitive function, and an online, repeatable, and customizable cognitive assessment tool such as the NCPT has a wide range of potential uses in clinical and research settings,” said Glenn Morrison, PhD, lead author of the study and Director of Clinical Trials at Lumos Labs. “We are committed to building tools and technology that advance research, and in the future, the NCPT has the potential to facilitate more efficient clinical trial recruitment, serve as an outcome measure to support efficacy, aid in the diagnosis of cognitive impairment, and monitor cognitive change over time.”

The NCPT is designed to measure functioning across working memory, visuospatial memory, psychomotor speed, fluid and logical reasoning, response inhibition, numerical calculations, and selective and divided attention. The modular platform includes 18 assessments that are online adaptations of widely used conventional neuropsychological tests, which can be arranged into customized batteries.

Study data were drawn from a sample of 130,140 healthy volunteers aged 13 to 89 years who took an NCPT battery of eight assessments, including Arithmetic Reasoning, Digit Symbol Coding, Forward Memory Span, Reverse Memory Span, Grammatical Reasoning, Progressive Matrices, Trail Making A, and Trail Making B. Participants took the 25-30 minute NCPT battery remotely and without supervision. Test-retest reliability was evaluated in a subset of 35,779 participants who took the battery again on average 78.8 days later. The analyses show that the NCPT assessments are moderately intercorrelated, grouping into 4 putative cognitive domains, have good test-retest reliability, and are sensitive to expected age-related cognitive change. Concurrent validity to widely accepted neuropsychological tests was demonstrated in an additional sample of 73 healthy volunteers who took both an NCPT battery and the comparable pencil-paper assessments.

Future and ongoing research plans include building on the current data to further address validity, reliability and stability, and specificity and sensitivity of the NCPT by running large-scale online and in-clinic studies to generate data for all NCPT subtests. Lumos Labs is currently working with research collaborators worldwide to study the use of the NCPT in online registries as a screening tool to accelerate the clinical trial recruitment process, for longitudinal patient monitoring, to map NCPT assessment data with genomic and other data sets, and to facilitate large-scale studies that can lead to a better understanding of the cognitive profiles of both healthy and clinical populations.

About Frontiers
Frontiers is a leading community-driven, open-access science publisher. Established by scientists in 2007, Frontiers drives innovations in peer review, post-publication review, impact metrics for articles and authors, democratic evaluation of the best research papers, research networking and a growing ecosystem of open-science tools. The "Frontiers in" journal series has published over 30,000 peer-reviewed articles across 54 journals and 400 academic disciplines, which receive 8 million monthly views, and are supported by over 200,000 leading researchers worldwide. Frontiers for Young Minds, a philanthropic initiative by Frontiers, is a science journal that involves young people in the review of articles. In 2014, Frontiers won the ALPSP Gold Award for Innovation in Publishing. For more information, visit: http://www.frontiersin.org.

About Lumos Labs
Lumos Labs is the maker of brain training program, Lumosity. Its collaborative research initiative, the Human Cognition Project, currently partners with over 90 independent researchers. These collaborations vary in scope, but have all been undertaken with the aim of accelerating the pace of cognitive research. By providing access to Lumosity’s cognitive training program, assessments, and longitudinal data, the Human Cognition Project allows researchers to run larger, faster, and more accessible studies. For more information, please visit https://www.lumosity.com/hcp/.