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Train your brain

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017 by

Did you know that the human brain is capable of 1,016 processes per second, making it more powerful than a computer? Or that the average brain is believed to generate up to 50,000 thoughts per day?

Millennials aged 18 to 34 have been found to be more forgetful than Baby Boomers, meaning they’re more likely to forget where they put their keys than their parents! Our brains are amazing but just as we exercise our bodies, it’s important to exercise them to keep them sharp, performing at their best, and on top of where those keys are.

October 13th was Train your Brain Day so we’ve put together some apps and brain training games to get you thinking so you don’t get brain fried!.

1. Lumosity

Lumosity transforms science into games that are fun! Used by 85 million brain trainers in over 180 countries, the app contains over 30 games developed by scientists and designers to ensure that each game maintains the core mechanics and challenges various cognitive skills.

The team of scientists and designers behind the app work with researchers around the world to discover new ways to challenge the brain and are making strides in cognitive research. To cater for its global audience, the app is available in English, German, Japanese, French, Spanish, and Portuguese.

The app starts off with a ‘fit test’ to find out the users baseline skill level and compares it to others their age so they know which skills to focus on improving.

When the app is up and running, reminders can be set to remind the user to complete a “workout” each day, and challenge their five core cognitive functions: speed, memory, attention, flexibility, and problem-solving.

Workout modes within the app are carefully curated sets of games that identify the user’s training habits and preferences to target different ways to train their brain. Meaning that as they progress the games adapt to their skill level, ensuring there is always a challenge on hand. The reporting function means that users can go back and look at their training and progress.

Get thinking now with Android or iOS.


2. Elevate

Elevate is a brain training app that takes users through a program designed to improve focus, processing speed, memory, math skills, and comprehension.

Personalised to suit each person, the program adjusts as each game is completed to increase the user’s results. Research conducted has found that users of the app improved their performance across four skill groups by 69% compared to those who didn’t use the app.

Since launching in May 2014, Elevate has been downloaded more than 15 million times on the App Store and Google Play store and was selected by Apple as App of the Year in the USA.

The app includes over 40 games designed to boost productivity, earning power, and self-confidence in skills like math, reading, and writing, speaking, and listening. Elevate’s games are designed in collaboration with experts in neuroscience and cognitive learning and are based on extensive scientific research. Results are displayed as the user completes games and measures performance across each skill group so they know which areas to work on the most.

For those with an Apple Watch, Elevate Dash has 4 additional mini-games that can be played on the go.

Start training now with Android or iOS.


3. Peak

Chosen by Google as one of the Best Android Apps in 2016, Peak has over 40 games developed to challenge cognitive skills and help users reach their peak performance.

Each game has been developed alongside neuroscientists and game experts to help improve concentration, memory, mental agility, language, and problem-solving. By completing a baseline test, the apps personal trainer, Coach, provides personalised workouts. With the pro version users have access to all games whenever they like.

Peak suggest completing three games a week for best results. To help users fit the sessions into their day, Coach can send reminders on specified days. For those on the go the app works offline and has a Coffee Break workout so you can complete your weekly games on the train or during your lunch breaks. There are also three games available for users with the Apple Watch.

Try it out with Android or iOS.


4. FitBrains

Fit Brains has a huge range with more than 60 games and more than 500 personalised training programs that are designed to deliver ‘smart fun’ activities.

Designed by a team of neuroscientists and education experts, each game is created as a fun way to exercise key cognitive functions, including concentration, memory, speed of thinking, and problem-solving. What makes this app different to other brain training apps is its ability to target emotional intelligence through games that focus on social skills, social awareness, self-awareness, and self-control.

Based on the results of each completed game, the user is provided with an overall index score as well as a score out of 200 for each cognitive area so users can identify their strengths and weaknesses. For the competitive types out there, the premium reporting tools allow you see how you compare with others who are using the app.

Unlike many other brain training apps, Fit Brains has a school edition allowing teachers to run programs that work on boosting the cognitive functions of children. The app is compatible with PCs, tablets, phones, Apple Watches and TVs so whether you’re on the go, at school or uni, or at home, you can be sure to get your training in!

Try out the free trial with Android or iOS.



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