It may be possible to boost your brainpower and help your brain stave off the “mental fog” that can result from normal aging, as well as from health conditions like multiple sclerosis.
While it’s clear that it takes a whole-health approach to keep your noggin in tip-top shape, several studies show that in conjunction with physical activity and a healthy diet, brain games and other learning activities can help you stay sharp; in fact, one study of healthy adults aged 65 and older found that three months of “cognition training” through mental exercises led to significant improvements in people’s attention and memory.
With that in mind, here are five engaging and effective brain-training apps that won’t cost you a cent, and might actually be fun:
This popular brain training website and app isn’t just addictive—it’s neuroscientist-developed and-approved. With a daily variety of personalized activities and games, think of it as the smartest way possible to kill time. Lumosity.com.
Want to up your education? For free? Then you’re going to love this app, which lets you download more than 4,000 videos on subjects ranging from physics to microfinance. KhanAcademy.org.
You’re logical—right? Find out for sure with this colorful and engaging app, which offers a wide range of skill levels, making it both kid- and adult-friendly. Download at iTunes Store.
¿Hablas español? You should: research suggests that having command of more than one language may slow down the brain’s aging process. Duolingo’s app offers a fun, on-the-go way to master Spanish, Portuguese or a number of languages. Duolingo.com.
Brain-benders aren’t the only way to smarten up. Research shows that exposure to art encourages intelligence and critical thinking skills. To get a daily dose of culture, download DailyArt; the app sends a painting, plus an enlightening write-up about the artist and work, to your smartphone every day. Download at iTunes or Google Play.
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