Forget Angry Birds or Fruit Ninja, the next time you reach for your smartphone to pass the time try a brain training app to improve your cognitive function.
Along with exercising well, eating healthy and keeping social, brain training apps are a great way to improve and maintain your memory, IQ and brain health. Try out these apps to stretch your mind and condition your brain…
Brain Fitness Pro claims to improve fluid intelligence, focus and short-term memory by more than 40% in less than 20 days with just 30 minutes of daily training.
Wondering “how old” your brain is? Test your brain age and memory performance with these touch-controlled brain training game tests that analyse reflexes and concentration to determine your “brain age” – then post your score to the global board to compare with other users.
Practice a bit of arithmetic for points and compete with friends – practice does make perfect, so if you’re a bit rusty on your sums and multiplication, give this app a go.
Keep your mind sharp with just a few minutes a day on this app, which has been downloaded by more than 4.5 million people. The personalised training sessions use innovative adaptive-learning system to automatically scale the level of each game to your appropriate level.
Improve attention-to-detail skills by comparing two images and spotting the five differences between them.
Lumosity’s brain training programs are based on research from universities around the world and are extremely popular, with 50 million members worldwide, and now they have an app, so you can improve cognitive function on the go.
Want to remember phone numbers off-by-heart? Improve your recall of interesting words or facts? Eidetic uses spaced repetition to help you memorise items that have meaning and context in your own life. Using notifications to remind you when it’s testing time, Eidetic helps you retain the information in long-term memory banks using the ‘spacing effect’, so you’ll never forget the number for pizza delivery again.
Memory Trainer aims to work out your spatial and working memory, focus, and chunking and concentration skills.
Developed by Alzheimer’s Australia in partnership with Bupa Health Foundation, this app measures how “brain-healthy” your current lifestyle is and then offers solutions to improve your brain’s health and function.
The favourite brain teaser of Xbox users arrives in pocket-sized form for Windows Phone. According to the app description, Brain Challenge is a “…vitamin boost for your brain” and uses entertaining challenges to keep your brain alert.
This numerical puzzle is a great brain-teaser – don’t worry about a pencil and eraser, an app makes it easier to focus soley on the numbers!
This app presents scenarios for you to think through and examine with careful attention to detail, using (and therefore improving) critical thinking skills to examine the evidence and present the right answer.
Sprocket the robot guides you through a series of games that test various cognitive abilities (like visual and spatial logic, language, arithmetic and memory) with hand-painted graphics based on Victorian Steampunk and Mayan art aesthetics.
Learning a language is a fantastic way to improve brain health, and this app can train you to learn Spanish, French, German, Portuguese and Italian for free!
Train for the test then compare yourself with the geniuses of the world by facing questions asked in the official Mensa Admission Tests – then upload your results to the global leaderboards and see how you fared!