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Lumosity is a multi-platform and web-based cognitive training app. Upon signing up with a social media account or email address, users are invited to complete a “Fit Brains” assessment that evaluates the user’s response speed, attention, and memory. After completing the assessment, Lumosity offers one free “training game” per day, with the option to purchase unlimited gameplay via monthly subscription. With a premium subscription, users can also track their progress in each category over time, both in comparison to past scores as well as to others in their age group.

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Credibility

Overall Score: 3.21/5.00

Overall Score: 9/14

Research Base: 1/3
Research Funding: 0/2
Proposed Intervention: 2/3
Consumer Ratings: 3/3
Clinical Input in Development: 1/1
Software Support: 2/2

Date of Rating: March 2018


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User Experience

Objective Quality Score: 4.34/5.00

Subscale scores:
Engagement: 3.80
Functionality: 4.75
Aesthetics: 4.83
Information: 3.99

Subjective quality score: 3.63

Perceived impact score: 2.33

Rating date: August 2016
Rated by: Queensland University


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Transparency

Overall Score: Acceptable

Overall Score: Accceptable
Does the app have a privacy policy?: Yes
Does the privacy policy describe the information storage and sharing procedures related to user entered information, OR state that user information is stored locally?: Yes
Does the privacy policy state that the app/server encrypts/de-identifies the entered data OR state that user information is stored locally?: Yes
Does the app provide the option of a pin entry or log-in process to view and enter user data?: Yes
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can use the app WITHOUT entering identifiable information, OR state that user information is stored locally?: Yes
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can delete entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?: Yes
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can edit entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?: Yes


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More Information

Available For: Requires iOS 9.0 or later;Varies with device
Developer: Lumos Labs, Inc.
Type of Treatment: Cognitive Training
Targeted Conditions: Not Specified
Target Audience: Not Specified
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare provider: No
Cost: Free with in-app purchases
Get it on: Google PlayiTunes

Research on this App

The effectiveness of Lumosity as a cognitive-training platform has been evaluated in three studies; two feasibility studies that tested the use of Lumosity as a treatment for attentional deficits found preliminary evidence that Lumosity might improve attention and working memory following a traumatic brain injury (Zickefoose, Hux, Brown, & Wolf) and Psychosis (Hooker et al, 20014). A different 2015 trial (Shute et al, 2015) found that Lumosity was no more effective than a different puzzle-solving and spatial training game at increasing attention or memory span.