Luminosity (on TV) - Service or Scam?

What’s the feedback on the usefulness of Luminosity, as advertised on TV? It’s claimed to be based on Neuroplasticity, which appears to be a real thing - but does Luminosity do subscribers any good, or is it just a scam?

I subscribed for a couple months. They give you a score that is a composite of 5 or 6 different “kinds” of intelligence (memory, spatial awareness, attention to detail, etc). My score definitely improved over the couple or three months, but ISTM that I was just getting better at playing their games… I can’t say I noticed any difference in my intellect otherwise (for instance, remembering things better). Maybe I just didn’t do it long enough.

I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a scam, but I think its benefits are exaggerated. But I very much doubt it hurts at all, and its easy to believe that it produces some benefit.

Other than assuming it is bunkum when I hear the commercials I have no experience.

But just in case anybody is trying to learn more, the product is Lumosity, not Luminosity.

Has anyone played those and the “Brain Age” games that Nintendo made for DS / 3DS? I haven’t looked at Lumosity’s site, but the ads I keep seeing remind me of that a lot.

Is it just me, or do the people in the commercials give off a “just dim enough to be self-conscious about their level of intelligence” vibe?

I noticed that too. And I wonder whether they’re the “before” or “after” picture.


I saw the words " actor portrayal" on them a few times.
Seems they might have been worried that it was deceitful to not mention that…

… All information in the advert should be true…