You can exercise to make your body stronger, gain endurance, and train your muscles. But what about your brain? If you’d like tools to give your brain a good workout, you’re in luck. There are many smartphone apps designed to do just that.
Let’s take a closer look at five of the best — and completely free — apps for training your brain.
Lumosity is a popular iOS app designed to improve mental skills in areas like problem-solving, memory, flexibility of thinking, attention span, and processing speed. This app uses games played against a ticking clock to train your brain. Plus, you’re able to tailor the app to fit your particular goals. A limited version of Luminosity is completely free, while the upgraded version is available for $15 a month or $80 a year.
The Personal Zen app takes a bit of a different approach, and the whole idea is to train your brain to focus on the positives, not the negatives. The player follows two animated characters, one positive and one negative, as they burrow through a field of grass. Use the app right before a stressful event, or in small “doses” over time to build up mental endurance.
Peak features over 40 unique mini-games that were developed by neuroscientists. It challenges several areas of your mental fitness, such as memory, attention, language, and coordination. The app also includes a “personal trainer” named Coach who pushes you to complete your daily workouts. You can also get a little competitive by taking advantage of Peak’s Friend feature. This allows you to compare your brain map and game performance. Peak is free and available on both iOS and Google Play.
The goal of the Happify app is to train your brain to think happier. It uses elements of positive psychology to help build the user’s ability to defeat negative thoughts, cope with stress, empathize, and show gratitude. The app, available on iOS, uses quizzes, polls, and a “gratitude journal” to teach life-changing positivity habits over time.
Do you wish you could improve your memory? This iOS app uses something called “spaced repetition” to help you memorize important facts and figures. Eidetic tests the user over time to help you remember important phone numbers, dates, bank account numbers, or even quotations.
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