Brain Training Apps
If you want to give brain-training apps a try, here are four of the top apps available to help you make an informed decision.
Considered by many as the “original” brain training app, Lumosity is used by more than 85 million people across the globe. The app consists of more than 40 colorful and fun minigames. It is designed to train five cognitive functions: speed, memory, attention, flexibility, and problem-solving. Daily brain workouts involve playing three minigames – five with the premium version – each focusing on the five cognitive functions.
Developed with the help of scientists from Yale University and the University of Cambridge, Peak offers more than 45 games that focus on memory, problem-solving, language, mental agility, and focus. The Peak creators recommend brain training three days per week and you can select the days and times you want to receive training reminders from the app.
According to CNET, Elevate “comes out ahead” among brain training apps and is Apple’s App of the Year. The app consists of more than 40 minigames designed to boost math and speaking skills, as well as improve memory, attention, and processing speed. Like Lumosity, Elevate encourages daily brain training, which involves the completion of three games, or five games with the “PRO” version.
With a variety of minigames designed to train more than 20 cognitive skills, including short-term memory, planning, hand-eye coordination, and auditory perception, CogniFit provides tools that researchers and healthcare professionals can use to assess cognitive functioning in patients. All of CogniFit’s brain training tools have been validated by scientists – including researchers from the University of Washington and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.