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  (Source: Oxford Press)
Data from over 3 million users helped build picture of local brainpower

San Francisco-based indie edutainment internet software company Lumosity has a bonafide hit, with its cognitive training app.  Consisting of over 40 games, the online portal is supposed to boost your memory and problem solving skills, similar to Nintendo Comp., Ltd.'s (TYO:7974) Brain Age for the Nintendo DS.

With over 3 million users, the site decided to offer up an interesting data mining analysis, determining which cities in America have the "smartest" citizens (as assessed by puzzle solving and memory skills).

It appears that Iowa and Indiana are among the most mentally endowed states.  More specifically, the top 10 cities are:
  1. Ithaca, N.Y.
  2. State College, Penn.
  3. Lafayette-West Lafayette, Ind.
  4. Iowa City, Iowa
  5. Ames, Iowa
  6. Ann Arbor, Mich.
  7. Bloomington, Ind.
  8. Madison, Wisc.
  9. Lawrence, Kans.
  10. Pullman, Wash.
Seattle (90) and San Francisco (114) both scored relatively well.

Washington D.C. (154), Portland (155) and Chicago (188) scored in the middle.

Lumosity
Red = not so smart; Green = smart [click to enlarge] [Image Source: Lumosity]

In the worst category, Texas and North Carolina get hit particularly hard.  The lowest ranking cities include:
  1. Wilson, N.C.
  2. El Paso, Tex.
  3. Talladega-Sylacauga, Alab.
  4. Albany, Geor.
  5. Brownsville-Harlingen, Tex.
  6. Miami-Fort Lauderdale-West Palm Beach, Flor.
  7. El Centro, Calif.
  8. Kinston, N.C.
  9. Laredo, Tex.
  10. Lumberton, N.C.
Los Angeles (309) and New York City (382) (which was lumped with Newark/Jersey City) were among the worst scoring large cities.

Lumosity has an interactive map of its results here, and a full white paper on the study here [PDF].

Sources: Lumosity [map], [white paper; PDF]



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RE: Red states are um.. red
By JediJeb on 7/3/2013 1:53:33 PM , Rating: 3
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Wealthy whites / Asians appear to perform better on said puzzles than impoverished Hispanics / blacks, not surprising given the bad hand the latter was dealt.


Not positive it depends on a dealt hand or what is done with the hand that is dealt.

I am a non-wealthy white, who comes from a farm background. But I had an interest in science, I and my parents worked hard to put me through college to get a degree in chemistry and I have work in that field for 20+ years with a determination to learn as much about what I do as I possibly can. Now I have many people from around the world who listen to what I have to say about the work we do because I know what I am talking about.

For the opposite side of the coin, I had a friend in high school who came from a wealthy family, he was very intelligent and could have been anything he wanted to be. He ended up flunking out of college because he cared more about having fun than learning. Now he works in a saw mill. Socioeconomic background only holds people back when they refuse to break away from that mold and allow it to define their life.


By Master Kenobi (blog) on 7/3/2013 5:26:54 PM , Rating: 2
I second this. It's poor decisions and a lack of determination that holds people back. The "dealt hand" argument is a tired one that serves merely as an excuse for people who make poor choices.


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