Lumosity, a cognitive training and neuroscience research company, has provided free Lumosity subscriptions to over 14,000 students in 500 classrooms worldwide through the Lumosity Education Access Program (LEAP). The program has grown exponentially since launching in 2010. More than 7,400 educators applied for the Fall 2013 semester – a 700 percent increase from last year. Over 9,500 educators worldwide have applied for LEAP since its inception.
LEAP is a collaboration between educators and Lumosity researchers to advance the intersection of education and cognitive neuroscience research. The program provides educators with a research platform, including free Lumosity subscriptions that give students access to the full suite of online brain training games, to study the effects of cognitive training on student’s learning abilities, behavioral characteristics, and academic performance. The approach is twofold; LEAP findings provide insights into the benefits of cognitive training in the classroom, which in turn guides the development of better neuroscience research and training tools.
Preliminary results from the Spring 2012 semester found that students who trained with Lumosity improved more on a battery of online cognitive assessments than students who did not train. Additionally, effects were dose-dependent; engaging in more Lumosity training led to greater improvements on the assessments. Insights from the 2012-13 LEAP academic year on the effects of cognitive training on students’ real-world academic outcomes are forthcoming.
The deadline to apply for the Spring 2014 semester is Nov. 8, 2013. Educators interested in participating in LEAP can determine their eligibility and fill out the initial LEAP interest application at www.surveymonkey.com/s/applyforleap.
Source: Lumosity, www.lumosity.com