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Lumosity promises to exercise your brain (pictures)

Brain training app Lumosity says it can help beef up brain power.

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Lumosity brain training

The Lumosity program is designed to train your brain, and improve your memory, attention, and problem-solving skills. The app is free for iOS and Android, but you need a paid subscription to get the most out of it.

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Training workouts

Every day, the app gives you a new training workout. You get three games with a free subscription, and six games if you pay for full access, which costs $12 per month.

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Brain games

Each game is designed to exercise a different cognitive skill. Above are two games that help you speed up your decision-making processes. Every game has a tutorial to help you learn how to play.

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Brush up on your math skills

One of the games, called Chalkboard Challenge (above), tests your basic math skills with simple addition and subtraction equations.

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Full-screen games

The games Lost in Migration (left) and Ebb and Flow (right) are designed to hone your attention and flexibility skills.

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Track your progress

When you finish each game, you'll see how many points you earned and how that compares with past sessions.

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Daily training

Lumosity recommends you train three to five days per week, but you can easily do it every day.

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Lumosity Performance Index

The app measures your progress with the Lumosity Performance Index, a measurement of your game scores in specific cognitive skill areas, such as Attention or Memory. If you have a paid Lumosity subscription, you can compare your LPI with the entire Lumosity community.

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