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Brain Training plus Physical Training

exeqfind | 27.05.2013

According to some leading experts in neuroscience and cognitive psychology from Stanford University, brain training may become as equally familiar as physical training or “going to the gym” is for our bodies.

According to some leading experts in neuroscience and cognitive psychology from Stanford University, brain training may become as equally familiar as physical training or “going to the gym” is for our bodies.

As people age, memory and mental clarity often decline.  This can be detrimental to seasoned leaders who have built deep experience in key specializations or industries and are leveraging this experience to lead an entire organization.  However, a new San Francisco web-based company called Lumosity is staking a claim that there is a lot that can be done to reverse or stop this decline.

Neuroscientists at Lumosity are showing that the brain needs exercise in much the same way that the physical body does.  By strategically engaging in the right mental workouts, significant improvements can be made on the brain’s cognitive functions.  The act of thinking is essentially the process of undergoing neural connections within the brain.  And to some degree our ability to excel in making these neural connections is what drives our intelligence, and that is inherited.  Neuroscientists surmise however that because these connections are made through focused effort, our intelligence can expand and fluctuate according to the mental effort.

Lumosity’s business case appears to be the equivalent of an online fitness center for the brain.  In addition to offering an online place to exercise your mental skills, they are also providing a system to keep track of your progress and provide detailed feedback on performance and improvement.  The system also constantly adjusts the games and exercises to build on the strengths that are being developed.

Lumosity sponsored material touts that a specific group of students improved their math scores by 34 percent after using Lumosity for six weeks which was significantly higher than the gains made other students in the same group that did not utilize the Lumosity program.  Many of Lumosity’s games are free, however a modest subscription fee is required to use the full program over the long term.

As for me, I’ll try the free trial which is advertised to be completely free with no credit card required.  Rather than embed the link to the free trial, just Google “Lumosity” and check it out for yourself.

Warren Carter is an executive search consultant with ExeQfind.  Warren is passionate about helping clients from all over the world find the talent they need to lead and manage their organizations in the US and Mexico.   He enjoys the challenges inherent in matching people that both meet his client’s needs as well as them being compatible with the culture of the organization.  Warren can be reached at (619) 921-1795 

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