Some of those seeking a mental recharge are surprisingly young. At 28, Lucas Mills has just entered Yale Law School after taking a year off to surf, explore the computer graphics industry and knock around Los Angeles.
"You can notice differences in performance, especially when you go from college to the real world, where you're not as stimulated every day," Mills said. "With the specter of law school looming, I decided I had to do better."
A friend introduced Mills to an online cognitive exercise program called Lumosity, commercially launched this summer.
Lumosity presents a range of exercises that target different mental processes that decline with age, including working memory, speed of processing and attention.
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The program was designed to address the needs of the baby-boom-and-older demographic, and its makers have conducted small-scale clinical trials of its effectiveness on this group. But they've found since its launch that the program has gained a devoted audience of twenty- and thirtysomethings as well.
"It was a nice little tuneup," said Mills, who enjoyed the lively graphics of Lumosity's games and that its program allows a subscriber to track his improvement and advance to more challenging levels.
On the net: www.lumosity.com