Whether it’s to focus at work, do better at school, or just stay sharp, there are various reasons for wanting to boost brainpower. But maintaining psychological well-being is equally as important.
“When you do things in the world, you lay down new neural pathways,” says Dr. Dennis. “The more you do something, the more available that pathway is, so you may be able to use your brain resources more effectively.”
Brain training apps combine the latest in brain science with puzzles and mind games in order to exercise your faculties. Check out 4 of the best brain training apps on Android and iOS devices below.
Eidetic is an especially effective memory application. It uses a method called space repetition to quiz you on facts that you want to remember. Want to impress that geothermal energy client in a few days, but know nothing about geothermal energy? This flashcard-inspired app could help you prepare.
It’s available on iOS, and after one test, costs only $1.99.
Learning a new language not only makes your brain work faster, it also has amazing long-term health benefits, including combating senility and dementia. Duolingo is the leading language learning platform on the market. It helps users learn new languages in a similar format as the Rosetta Stone, using game-like methods to incentivize learners to progress.
When Duolingo launched in 2012, it provided six languages: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Italian, and German. Now, the innovative company has launched a promising crowd sourcing element. Users can create lessons, particularly for languages that are underrepresented on the platform. Whether you want to learn a new language or give back to the language learning community, Duolingo is mentally quite gratifying.
Thankfully, this app is free! It is also available on Android, iOS, and the web.
Lumosity is the gold standard for brain training apps. There’s even research to prove that adults who use Lumosity are less distracted and more focused than their peers. The iOS app helps you improve skills such as memory, attention, problem solving, flexibility of thinking, and speed.
First, you list which aspects of these skills you want to focus your daily workouts on (yes, kind of like the gym). Then, they test the three skills you’re most interested in refining to see where your starting point is. From this “fit test,” they design a personalized training program for you. The catch is that you need to pay after the fit test on their web version. On iOS, five sessions are free. There are monthly and yearly rates.
Feeling tired after all these brain training applications, but still want some mental stimulation? TED talks are the perfect answer.
The world famous talks average around 15 minutes and showcase ideas worth spreading. They are great for increasing your understanding of a subject, putting basic assumptions into question, and expanding one’s notion of what is possible. One of the key roles of entrepreneurs is to innovate: check out TED talks to keep up with trends and get some inspiration.
You can watch TED talks on their Android and iOS apps, where you can customize playlists and watch talks at your leisure.