The brain-training company Lumosity has opened its gaming database to researchers as part of what it calls the Human Cognition Project.
The database contains records of every mouse click from the 1.5 billion game sessions logged by the companys 60 million users. Researchers from around the globe are sifting through it in search of patterns that may illuminate how aging, stress, sleep, and other lifestyle factors affect cognition. In particular, some scientists are panning the database for signatures of early decline that may flag people for prevention trials.
Some researchers believe that brain games in generalwhich adapt to each users cognitive abilitymay one day serve as cognitive diagnostics to monitor progression or help enroll clinical trials.
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