Lumosity Aversion

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When I am online, I am constantly greeted by ads for a website called&nbsp;<a href="http://lumosity.com">Lumosity</a>. It's annoying. Lumosity supposedly trains your brain so you can function better.</p>
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<img alt="Brain Training? Ow." src="/assets/images/uploads/Lumosity.png" style="width: 720px; height: 538px;" /></p>
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Brain Training? Ow.</p>
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This is from their website: "At Lumos Labs, we believe in improving brains—and lives. That's why we created a simple online tool to allow anyone to achieve their full potential. Several studies have shown that Lumosity can improve cognitive function in various populations."</p>
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They are "a leader in the science of brain training"!</p>
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You know, something about this feels kind of self-indulgent to me. It also makes me think of how people go around eating a whole pizza and two pints of ice cream for dinner and then go to the gym at 10:00 at night in a pointless attempt to try to run off the cheese, bread, pepperoni, and cookie dough on a treadmill.&nbsp;</p>
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I'd rather try to use my mind in my regular life so that it doesn't need a late-night online gym involving no productive outcome in order to fix it.</p>
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Still, I wanted to be fair and not pre-judge, so I went on the Lumosity site and took a couple of assessments and promptly went loopy with impatience. I had to look for matching patterns and click things and unmatching patterns and click other things and then remember patterns and re-create them by...clicking more things.</p>
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Within about 15 minutes I left their site and went back to studying Arabic.</p>
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I believe in maintaining brain function. I am totally in favor of brain function. But I'd really rather have it integrated into life functions than be something I have to do separately as a self-conscious self-improvement method.</p>
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Dear scientists, please tell me which works better: Lumosity or Arabic?</p>

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