June 26, 2013
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The greater Lafayette area is one of the smartest communities in the nation according to a study released recently. West Lafayette/Lafayette, Ind., ranked third out of 100 U.S. cities for raw cognitive performance according to a study using data from more than 3 million people in the U.S. between the ages of 18 and 75 who had played Lumosity brain games.
San Francisco-based Lumosity creates brain-training exercises and has raised more than $70 million in funding. Since it launched in 2007, Lumosity claims to have amassed the world's largest dataset of human cognitive performance, with data and insights collected from more than 40 million people.
The games used in the study measured performance across five-cognitive categories: memory, processing speed, flexibility, attention and problem solving. The scores then were ranked by location.
Many of the towns on the list are home to major research universities, such as Purdue. Ithaca, N.Y., home to both Cornell and Ithaca College tops the list, while State College, Pa., and Penn State are No. 2. Six of the top eight cities are home to Big Ten universities.
Purdue student-athletes certainly help with the area's ranking. Boilermakers maintained better than a 3.0 cumulative grade-point average (3.02) for the sixth consecutive year, and they now have performed better than the student body for 32 consecutive semesters - or 16 years. The four-year graduation success rate stands at 80 percent, 1.6 percent better than last year and equal to the Division I average. It is tracking to reach 82 percent in 2014. Overall, 90 percent of student-athletes completing his/her eligibility at Purdue graduate.
In addition to Ariel Turner being named the Academic All-American of the Year, swimmer Lauren Gustafson was a first team Academic All-American, giving Purdue two such honorees for the first time since 2000-01. Andie Varsho of softball was a third team selection. A total of 152 Boilermakers garnered Academic All-Big Ten distinction.
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