Educational Technology

November 18, 2013

500,000 person lumosity study examines optimizing cognitive training tasks to accelerate learning

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:29 am

by Science Codex

Lumosity, the online cognitive training and neuroscience research company, is presenting today at the annual 2013 Society for Neuroscience meeting showing that optimizing training tasks can accelerate and lengthen learning rates. The study, titled “Optimizing Cognitive Training Task Designs to Improve Learning Rates in a Large Online Population,” found that altering various psychophysical task parameters that make a task more challenging led to different learning rates of the tasks. Results showed that the altered training task group showed greater improvements in spatial recall and attention, and effects were dose-dependent. “These results are interesting because they show that small changes to a training task can lead to large differences in learning rates,” said Aaron Kaluszka, Ph.D. Candidate, Research Scientist at Lumosity, and lead author on the study. “Understanding the impact of these changes in training can inform our understanding of online game-based learning, and help us develop more targeted tasks that help people of all ages and skill levels learn faster and more efficiently.”

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