Were you aware that you can use your phone to sharpen your mind, improve your memory, and boost your brain’s ability to function, all on your daily commute?
Though it’s tempting to spend your time mindlessly surfing the web or playing games on your phone, the best brain games offer an immersive and rewarding alternative that will keep you glued to your screen--while at the same time giving your brain a workout.
These apps are full of riddles, optical illusions, puzzles, and brain-teasers that are so enjoyable you may not even notice that your memory and concentration are skyrocketing. Read on for our list of the best brain teaser apps for adults and kids.
Well, that all depends on you. Brain games are designed to increase your capacity for learning and processing information, which in turn can make you smarter. Today’s apps integrate the latest in neuroscience, logic, and cognitive science into programs that can sharpen your mind and help you absorb information. Of course it’s up to you to participate. Luckily, many of these apps are not only science-based, but fun and engaging.
Here are a few key areas that can be improved through brain apps:
If you feel like your phone is taking away your ability to remember phone numbers, you’ll appreciate an app that helps improve your memory instead. Many of the most popular memory training apps, like Elevate, Fit Brains Trainer, and Peak, include games that sharpen your memory alongside various other cognitive exercises.
Eidetic uses an approach called Spaced Retention to train your brain to remember more facts. It uses different exercises to boost your ability to remember phone numbers, bank account numbers, quotes, and interesting facts. There are notifications that you can set to remind you to do more exercises (presumably once you’ve been using it long enough you won’t need a notification anymore!) and tests so that you can track your progress. Over time, the tests become more spaced out to help embed the information in your long-term memory.
Brain training apps are extremely popular today, so your first task is to choose which one you prefer. The best apps include cognitive profiling tests so that you follow a personal set of brain training games, allow you to compare your progress with others and give you regular feedback on your progress.
Lumosity is the classic brain training site that was developed by over 100 researchers. It offers dozens of fun games that put your brain through a workout in 1 of 5 areas—memory training, attention span, problem-solving, speed, and flexibility. You’ll be given a ‘fit test’ when you sign up, which measures your cognitive levels so that Lumosity can give you a customized games program. Lumosity encourages you to play a little every day, showing stats and comparing your performance with others in your age group for added motivation.
Elevate encourages daily brain training across 3 or 5 games, depending on whether you’re using the regular or Pro version, which boosts your powers in particular areas of math, speaking, reading, writing, and listening as well as overall cognitive power. Elevate has a more serious approach than Peak, plotting your ‘streaks’ and raising the difficulty level as you improve.