SAN FRANCISCO--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Lumosity, the leading 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.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of LEAP – my students are really enjoying Lumosity and are seeing wonderful results with the training”
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.
“LEAP has the potential to change education and the neuroscience research landscape by bridging the gap between the lab and classroom,” said Nicole Ng, Research Associate at Lumosity who manages LEAP. “We are excited by the influx of interest from educators, which reflects the rising need for us to better understand the intersection between neuroscience and education. We’re starting with the impact of cognitive training on students’ behavior and learning.”
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.
Educators are increasingly interested in enhancing their students’ cognitive and behavioral factors. More than 75 percent of all teachers who applied for the Fall 2013 LEAP semester believe training with Lumosity will promote cognitive enhancement, increased ability to pay attention, improved self-confidence, and improved general attitude toward learning.
“I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of LEAP – my students are really enjoying Lumosity and are seeing wonderful results with the training,” said Jan Bedol, a seventh grade teacher from Atlanta, Georgia. “My students have found that the games challenge them to think harder and quicker, and have also reported improvements in spelling, math, organization, and remembering instructions, and self confidence. Contributing to this important research is just as rewarding as seeing improvements in my students.”
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 http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/applyforleap.
LEAP serves as a research platform for teachers and Lumos Labs researchers to investigate the effects of cognitive training on students’ cognitive capabilities, behavioral characteristics and academic performance. This data and research is incorporated into the development and improvement of Lumosity’s cognitive training exercises to help lay a strong foundation for future educational neuroscientific studies.
LEAP provides free Lumosity subscriptions to teachers who are looking to improve their students’ ability to learn and think. The program is open to not-for-profit private and public school students in 3rd through 12th grade. Educators can apply for semester or year-long memberships for their students to use within school. For more information, please visit http://hcp.lumosity.com/get_involved/educator.
Lumosity is committed to pioneering the understanding and enhancement of the human brain to give each person the power to unlock their full potential. Lumosity's online and mobile programs train core cognitive abilities such as memory and attention. Launched in 2007, Lumosity now has more than 40 games, 45 million members, and paying subscribers from 180 countries. Lumosity’s games are based on the latest discoveries in neuroscience, with continuing independent third-party studies being conducted by researchers at Harvard, Stanford, and other academic institutions. Lumosity is available at Lumosity.com, the iPhone and iPad. Lumosity is headquartered in San Francisco, California. For more information, please visit www.lumosity.com.