I joined the Lumosity program of online brain training in 2012, a year and a half after brain surgery. Like many things, my early commitment was gung-ho. Then, springtime blossomed with green sprouts and sunshine. Springtime always distracts me. I kinda forgot about Lumosity. Who wants to peck around on a computer when the birds sing nonstop and the breeze smells like freshly turned earth? Unfortunately Lumosity stayed forgotten through summer, harvest and a good part of the entire next year. Whoops.
Let’s just say my scores plummeted. Nose-dived. It took Mutha Nature’s most recent bout of nasty attitude to remind me that my brain had turned as mushy as my snowmelt-muddy driveway.
Lumosity allows me to compare my abilities to other players my age. It does not take my brain damage into account. In 2013, I was performing in the 50th percentile in some categories, such as mental flexibility and language skills. I made it to the 30th percentile in computation and other number related tests. Now, I’m way down at 12%. Failing.
I’m back at the games with new ambition. I’d forgotten how cool the graphics are in many of the games, and how fun and encouraging the software is. This year I’m determined to stay on track even after the first green haze tints the hills.
I recommend Lumosity to everyone. It is inexpensive and extremely beneficial. You just have to remember to play.