Despite all the good they do for us, cell phones still seem to have a bad reputation when it comes to our intelligence. We have all heard about fears of the prevalence of cell phones and texting causing our minds to rot away, damaging our grammar, spelling capabilities, interpersonal skills, and even capacity for profound thought. However, it’s possible that we may use our phones to the exact opposite effect; smart phones may in fact be used to enhance intelligence.
While smart phones may not be the impetus for intelligence-enhancing programs such as Lumosity, they certainly make them more accessible. Lumosity is an online-based program providing a myriad of games that challenge and improve various aspects of users’ intelligence, and its tactics are supported by substantial neuroscience research.