Best brain training apps

We’ve rounded up the best brain training apps to help boost your brainpower.
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Best brain training apps

You might think that Train Your Brain Day is just another one of those days you don’t care about, but consider this…

We all know how important it is to keep our bodies in shape, right? That’s why we try and eat well and do some exercise now and again. So surely it stands to reason that we should be looking after our brain, too. Whether you’re studying for an important exam, trying to learn a new skill or are simply entering the tie-break round of your local pub’s Tuesday quiz, a quick boost of brainpower can make a real difference.

If you’re interested in giving your old grey matter a bit of a workout, we've rounded up some of the best brain training apps around. And we've even tried them out for ourselves - read how we got on below.

Lumosity Brain Trainer

Android (Free) / iOS (Free) / Windows Phone (Free)

Lumosity Brain Trainer is a popular app packed with games designed to help a whole range of mental skills, including memory, attention span, problem-solving skills and processing speed.

Lumosity Brain Trainer becomes your own personalised training programme, by adapting games and skill levels to match your performances. In other words, it doesn’t make life easy for you and makes sure you stay challenged.

All your hard work will quickly pay off though - the developers of Lumosity Brain Trainer reckon that a single session a day can improve your mental skills.

How did The Lowdown rate?

One of the first games on Lumosity Brain Trainer is Speed Match – a simple game to test information processing. Symbols flash up, and all you need to do is say whether they matched the previous one. It was fairly easy – we scored higher than 80% of other members!

NeuroNation – Brain Training

Android (FREE) / iOS (FREE)

Meet the NeuroNation – Brain Training app. It’s a science-based gym for your mind, developed with the help of German scientists, packed with exercises incorporating the latest findings in Neuroscience and Cognitive Psychology. In other words, it’s an app made by people that know what they’re doing.

NeuroNation – Brain Training gives you a huge choice of over 60 brain-training exercises, with 9 personalised courses that can train various functions of your brain such as numeracy, memory, perception and reasoning.

Don’t even think about slacking off when you’re using this app, because you’ll get found out. Just like the Lumosity Brain Trainer app above, Neuronation – Brain Training adapts to your performance to ensure your cerebral cortex is kept on its toes. Regular evaluations highlight your weaknesses (and your strengths too) to make sure you know the areas that you need to focus on and improve.

How did The Lowdown rate?

The three tutorials on NeuroNation – Brain Training are simple sounding tasks that quickly become insanely tough, such as trying to retrace patterns of increasing complexity. We really felt our brain working overtime on these ones, but still managed to do better than 59% of participants.

Memorado

Android (FREE) / iOS (FREE)

Memorado is a lot of fun. It’s quick and easy to get into, with some great graphics to enjoy when you’re testing your mental mettle. You can choose from over 300 levels across 10 games geared towards improving your memory, concentration and reaction skills

Don’t be fooled by Memorado’s playful surface though; underneath it all is a devilishly clever app designed by brain-training experts at the forefront of neuroscientific research. Their website claims that brain training with Memorada has been proven to increase brain quotient by 76% - sounds pretty impressive to us.

How did The Lowdown rate?

The Memorado tutorial took us through three simple games, and we were pretty pleased with our performance on all of them. The final memory game asked us to recall the position of certain coloured tiles after they’d disappeared, and we’re pleased to say we achieved a perfect score. At the end of the tutorial we were awarded 9 'brain points', which we’re claiming as a 9 out of 10 result.

Feel free to check out these brain training apps for yourself. We found NeuroNation – Brain Training by far the toughest, but everyone’s different, so let us know how you got on! Or if you use any other apps to test your brain and make you smarter, share your knowledge below.

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