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Lumosity Blog
May 23, 2020

Lumosity wins first of its kind research award!

Promoting science with your game play data, ethically.

We at Lumosity are proud to announce that we’ve won the first ever Award for Research Data Stewardship for our collaboration with our co-winner Mark Steyvers, professor of Cognitive Science at University of California, Irvine.

This award highlights one of our many research partnerships with academic and other institutions around the world—these support a core Lumosity mission of advancing the understanding of the mind and brain, and have resulted in over 45 peer reviewed publications! We’re grateful to the Future of Privacy Forum (FPF) for recognizing Lumosity as a model for how companies and research universities can work together to answer big questions.

The award, granted by the FPF with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is the first of its kind. As the FPF puts it, “Nominees for the Award for Research Data Stewardship were judged by a panel of expert reviewers based on their adherence to privacy protection in the data sharing process, the quality of the data handling process, and the company’s commitment to supporting academic research.”

Our partnership with Steyvers led to the publication of Steyvers and colleagues’ article in a leading journal. In it, Steyvers used Ebb and Flow game play data (thank you, members!) to analyze people’s task switching abilities before and after practicing the game Ebb and Flow. As the award highlights, researchers can benefit from accessing company data, but it’s important that the sharing of information is done with individuals’ privacy in mind—that is, ethically.

Read the full press release.

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