As we described in a recent post, How to Improve your Brain Health, two key areas of the holistic brain health approach are: Connect and Discover. These two areas encourage social activity and engagement, as well as challenge your brain to learn new skills and hobbies and absorb information. One way to address these areas is using your smartphone or mobile device. In our research, we’ve found the four best brain training mobile applications out there are Lumosity, Elevate, Peak and Fit Brains Trainer.
The Top Brain Training Apps
Lumosity is split into sessions of three games tailored to your goals: memory, attention, problem solving, processing speed, or flexibility of thinking. The app, which is used by over 70 million people worldwide, will challenge your memory, attention, and more. Lumosity combines 25+ cognitive games into a daily training program that challenges your brain. The games are played against the clock and change every time. Developers say just one session a day can improve mental skills and users can track progress and compare performance with others. Lumosity is free for limited access, and $11.99 a month, or $59.99 a year for full access.
Elevate calls itself “your personal brain trainer” and provides daily challenges created by experts in neuroscience and cognitive thinking to improve your comprehension and focus. Elevate has a strong focus on communication, with games that revolve around spoken or written words. Elevate is a brain training program designed to improve focus, speaking abilities, processing speed, memory, math skills, and more. Each person is provided with a personalized training program that adjusts over time to maximize results. There are two versions of Elevate available: A free version, and the $4.99 per month Elevate Pro ($39.99 per year).
Peak combines brain science and gamification to give users a full-spectrum brain workout, testing users’ focus, memory, mental agility, problem solving, and language skills with a variety of daily minigames and goals. Peak games are designed in collaboration with experts in neuroscience, cognitive science, and education. You can play for free or upgrade to Pro and get the best brain training experience available (1 month for $4.99 or 1 year for $34.99)
Fit Brains Trainer
The Fit Brains Trainer app aims to improve your mental performance by running you through a series of brain games that can help you improve weak areas. The app has more than 360 unique games and puzzles aimed at stretching and improving your mental agility. Sessions get harder as you improve and will always challenge you and provide a solid brain workout. Fit Brains allows you to keep track of your progress and offers training recommendations to help you achieve the best results. The app is free to download, with additional features available for a monthly fee of $9.99 (or $49.99 annually).
Take a look at the apps listed above and try them out. It is a great way to challenge your brain and convenient to use anywhere. Share with your loved ones and let us know what you think!