Please tell me what you CAN’T find on the internet.
An hour ago I signed up for a free three day trial of a “brain training program” . Sound a bit fishy doesn’t it? Well, it is dead serious friends.
I’ve come to accept the fact that I have a bad memory, especially when it comes to names and dates. It has been like that for as long as I can remember actually, I was always the one who would have no idea of who the gossip was about in High School. That wasn’t such a big loss, but now, when I’m at university, I feel quite scared that it is something that will affect my education.
So when I saw an article that said “Train your brain” I was slightly interested. According to the article it is normal to forget things, but that this can affect our social, professional and personal well being. But fear not!
A Web-based company called Lumosity, which is designed by “some of the leading experts in neuroscience and cognitive psychology from Stanford University.”
The program contains exercises that improves your memory and attention skills over time. You start of by identifying which skills you want to improve, and as the days go by the program keeps track of your progress and provides daily feedback on how you are doing.
Most importantly, it constantly modifies and enhances the games you play to build on the strengths you are developing–much like an effective exercise routine requires you to increase resistance and vary your muscle use.
Hell yeah. But does it work? According to the article students who used the program (for six months) scored significally higher than students who didn’t use it.
The company says its users have reported clearer and quicker thinking, improved memory for names, numbers, directions, increased alertness and awareness, elevated mood, and better concentration at work or while driving.
I decided to give it a go, since it says on their web page that all it requires is 15 minutes training every day. Even I can squeeze that in. And who can resist touching success stories on the front page?!?
I’m going to consider signing up for a year, as it is only like 6 dollars a month. Maybe it will change my life and I can function normally in conversations for once. Not to mention beating my dad in Trivial Pursuit, that is a wound that has yet to be healed..