Portions of this blog were republished from a white paper by Daniel A. Sternberg, Ph.D.
In 2012, Lumosity unveiled its first list of America's Smartest Colleges using game play data
from its database of human cognitive performance - the largest of its kind in the world.
Rankings were based on scores from over 60,000 college students who played Lumosity
games that challenge five cognitive areas: memory, processing speed, flexibility, attention and
problem solving. This was the first college ranking analysis to directly measure cognitive
performance by looking at tasks that challenge the underlying core cognitive abilities of a
student population. The findings were strongly correlated with both the school's median
composite SAT and ACT scores, as well as the U.S. News & World Report's annual college
rankings. This analysis aimed to provide college applicants another data point to determine
what the right college fit might be for them. The complete 2012 Lumosity’s Smartest Colleges
white paper is available at:
This year’s analysis of America’s Smartest Colleges again drew from Lumosity’s continuously
growing database of over 50 million users - up from 30 million users in 2012. With this
growth in the past year, we were able to improve our methodology by narrowing eligibility
requirements, while still garnering a sample size of over 70,000 college students.
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