Do we tune up our brain as frequently as we do our cars? The most wonderful organ ever patented by God is left on its own in the skull as we go on with the chores of life. The jury is still out on whether brain games and brain exercises can really make you “˜smarter’. The weight of opinion does point to the fact that constantly working our brain does make it sharper.
Intelligence goes deep, so rather than go into the grammar of it, let’s say that smarter or sharper, brain games are fun. And playing them all day through won’t make smoke come out of our ears. Fun brain games though can improve our skills when it comes to logic and cognition. For the elderly, brain games are as vital as physical activity.
So here are five resources for brain workouts that help to wake up those grey cells.
Lumosity trains your brain with 30 targeted brain games and exercises. The specialized brain training web application comes in both free and paid subscription versions. The library of games relate to speed, memory, attention, flexibility, and problem solving. The full suite of games is open to subscribers only, though those with a free account can play quite a few games across the board.
The games are well designed: the Birdwatching game works on your visual processing skills and concentration. Lumosity also has multiple courses designed by experts that bolster weak areas like weak memory, problem solving, math skills, and also brain related medical conditions like ADHD and TBI. Don’t forget to take their free Brain Grade test.
Sharp Brains is actually a blog that keeps tabs on the brain fitness and cognitive health industry. So expect to find a lot of articles on brain health and the use of digital tools to enhance our mental muscles. The site also tries to raise social awareness on the importance of regularly exercising our mental faculties. One way is through the site’s newsletter. But if you are itching to put your brain through the paces head straight to the Teasers section. The large lineup of links to brain games, puzzles, and illusions could keep you occupied for some time.
Braingle is a community driven website that says it has the largest collection of brain teasers, riddles, logic problems, quizzes and mind puzzles on the web. 20,000 of them is a large number. Being a part of the community helps as enthusiastic members constantly keep the site updated with the freshest picks of games. As a free member, you can also subscribe to the daily teaser. Check out the Mentalrobics section for some cool brain workouts and articles on topics like stress management and memory.
At Smart-Kit, you get to cross train your brain on a variety of puzzles and games. All games are meant to be kid safe and designed to stimulate free thinking and problem solving. Some games like the Memory Match Game are easy while you might have to scratch your head when it comes to playing Take Something Literally. The Lateral Thinking games (which comes under the category marked – More) deserve a special mention here.
The founder of this brain training site (Erin Matlock) is a Mensa candidate. But what’s more interesting about the site is that it’s part of a larger bouquet of web services that includes a community website and a TV channel. But if you want to stay on in this site, then the range of interactive brain games should keep you engrossed. For instance, noticing a drop in my concentration powers, I took the Stroop Test Flash game. It’s a simple game where you have to match the text color with the color of the ball. But this simple game also tells you if your focus starts to flag.
Games by their very nature call for a lot of co-ordination and mental skills. Take a game like Tetris or the classic Simon Says and you can “˜reverse engineer’ it as a game for brain exercise. Search among our games apps and you are sure to find many more that can be used to jog the brain. Apart from games there are many more ways to enhance brain fitness online. Tell us about your favorite fun brain games.
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