Lumosity Unveils America's Smartest Colleges
Lumosity, the online brain training and neuroscience research company, today revealed the smartest colleges in America based on an analysis of its database of human cognitive performance. The study examined game play data from over 60,000 college students across five cognitive areas: memory, processing speed, flexibility, attention and problem solving, and named Massachusetts Institute of Technology as the smartest school.
College rankings typically use standardized test scores to measure intelligence, but tests like the SAT and ACT are designed solely to predict scholastic ability and performance.
“This new metric is really interesting because for the first time, we are able to directly measure cognitive performance by looking at the underlying core cognitive abilities of a student population,” said Daniel Sternberg, Ph.D., Data Scientist at Lumosity. “Deciding where to go to college can be a difficult decision, and this analysis provides college applicants another data point to determine what the right college fit might be for them.”
Below are the rankings of the top 50 smartest colleges.
|1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology|
|2. Harvard University|
|3. Stanford University|
|4. Northwestern University|
|5. Yale University|
|6. Washington University in St Louis|
|7. Dartmouth College|
|8. Wellesley College|
|9. Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology|
|10. Duke University|
|11. College of William and Mary|
|12. University of Pennsylvania|
|13. University of Portland|
|14. University of California-Berkeley|
|15. Vanderbilt University|
|16. University of Chicago|
|17. Carnegie Mellon University|
|18. Macalester College|
|19. Worcester Polytechnic Institute|
|20. University of California-Los Angeles|
|21. Emory University|
|22. Lafayette College|
|23. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute|
|24. Case Western Reserve University|
|25. Boston College|
|26. Boston University|
|27. University of the Pacific|
|28. Vassar College|
|29. Hamilton College|
|30. Brown University|
|31. University of Rochester|
|32. Lehigh University|
|33. Oberlin College|
|34. University of Notre Dame|
|35. Villanova University|
|36. Tufts University|
|37. Bucknell University|
|38. Northeastern University|
|39. Princeton University|
|40. Bowdoin College|
|41. Trinity University|
|42. Butler University|
|43. St. Olaf College|
|44. University of Virginia-Main Campus|
|45. Colgate University|
|46. Rice University|
|47. Johns Hopkins University|
|48. University of Wisconsin-Madison|
|49. Ohio Northern University|
|50. The College of New Jersey|
The study controlled for the effects of gender, age, and their interactions, included only users who had played at least one game in each cognitive area, and who had provided their date of birth and gender. In order to improve the reliability of the findings while still providing good coverage across a large number of schools, the list includes only institutions with at least 50 users who had complete score and demographic data. The list does not include users associated with ongoing university-based studies of Lumosity.
A university's score on the Lumosity's Smartest Colleges metric was strongly correlated with that school's median composite SAT and ACT scores (r = .85 and .84, respectively), suggesting that Lumosity game performance can be related to real-world outcomes. The rankings were also strongly correlated (r = .79) to U.S. News & World Report's annual college rankings, indicating that Lumosity's measures of individual students cognitive performance overlaps with the university-based measures used by other sources.
The study also breaks down the college rankings by cognitive area. Dartmouth College performed the highest on attention, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology students had the best memory, Harvard University students performed the highest on speed of processing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology students were the best problem solvers, and Yale students performed the highest on flexibility.
This data analysis is part of Lumosity's Human Cognition Project, a research initiative designed to advance our understanding of the human mind. The complete whitepaper including a full list of over 400 colleges and the top 50 schools by cognitive area is available here: http://blog.lumosity.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/Lumositys-Smartest-Colleges.pdf.
Lumosity is committed to pioneering the understanding and enhancement of the human brain to give each person the power to unlock their full potential. Lumosity's online and mobile programs train core cognitive abilities such as memory and attention. Launched in 2007, Lumosity now has more than 40 games, 25 million members, and paying subscribers from 180 countries. Lumosity's games are based on the latest discoveries in neuroscience, with continuing independent third-party studies being conducted by researchers at Harvard, Stanford, UC Berkeley, and other academic institutions. Lumosity is available at Lumosity.com and on the iPhone. Lumosity is headquartered in San Francisco, California. For more information, please visit www.lumosity.com.
Ashley Cummings, 415-277-4919