15 new brain games

As I announced a month or so ago, I am starting up an arcade of mind games that are not my own. I have decided to provide this content to diversify the sorts of challenges this site can offer and also offer something to those of you who are looking for fancier graphics or more complex game play. Anyway, I have just spend a few hours working on this (and by that I mean playing a lot of games :) ) and I now have 15 games up there in 10 different categories of cognition. There’s a great game of attention and reaction speed, a 3d memory puzzle, and some neat physics-based problem solving games. Please check out this new brain fitness arcade and share it with your friends!

the latest in brain fitness

From my perspective, brain fitness is popping up everywhere and the industry seems on the brink of a popularity explosion. However, at the same time I am constantly amazed at how few people in the general public have heard of this concept. While I see articles, studies and programming everywhere I look, others don’t seem to notice it at all. I guess it all comes down to where you are looking and what you are looking for… Anyways, since I am paying attention, I figured I should share some of the things I have found in my virtual wanderings and explorations:

I have blogged about the benefits of juggling before in my section on brain fitness tips, but the article Juggle Heads article goes more into detail about just how very good it might be. It groups it with chess and dancing as great ways to engage both sides of your brain. Which is good because you never know what could happen and one day you might not have use of part of your mind and you’ll want to have strong reserves on hand!

A lot of fitness sites are now making a point of touting the (important) role of physical exercise on cognitive fitness. And post-partum depression too, apparently.

A new study “finally proves” what I already considered to be a fact: practicing regular meditation can transform not just your experience of the world, but it can also physically transform the structure of your brain.

Oh yeah, neuroplasticity has a dark side; we call it pain and neurosis. Just like positive thoughts can become entrenched through repeated use, so can the perception of pain. People can also dig themselves deep mental ruts that they cant escape and instead get stuck in a world of paranoia or obsession.

Speaking of popping up, more and more physical brain fitness / cognitive training centers seem to opening around the country. Here’s one I have not heard of called LearningRX

More to come soon!

BrainBall Task 2.1

This is a game of memory where you need to track of the locations of different letters.
Each of these letters is located within one of the four windows.
You may switch in between these windows using the numbered buttons on top.
Your target letter is displayed at top. This is the one you need to find and click.
The better you remember where all the letters are, the more efficiently you will find them, and the better you will score.

Brain Games and Brain Health

The human brain is known to start slowing down by the age of 25. Fortunately, at any age, if you use it, you can reverse it. One of the most essential parts of brain fitness and rebuilding your brain is building up your “brain reserve” Brain reserve is the ability for the brain to recognize itself and build new connections. A brain with a strong reserve is one that has formed many cellular connections and is rich in brain cell density. A strong reserve is generally believed to have the ability to postpone the onset of mental deterioration, such as Alzheimer’s Disease. Also, neuro-degenerative diseases must work longer and harder to manifest in a brain that has built up strong reserve. To strengthen brain reserve, you can do things that are both novel and complex to stimulate a variety of areas in the brain. The fastest and easiest way to build brain reserve is to play “brain games.”

Building the connections to improve your brain health can be done with brain games that provide a normal, balanced routine of mental stimulation. Using these brain games is a way to not only stimulate your brain but provide other necessities your brain requires to exercise. To be most effective, brain games should target the following areas:

Memory, Concentration & Attention, Language Skills, Visual & Spatial, Executive Functions (Logic & Reasoning)

Brain games are definitely a wonderful way to work and challenge your brain. Games like Suduko, crosswords and electronic games can work on improving your brain’s speed and memory. These types of games rely on logic, word skills, math and more. These games are also fun. Fifteen minutes a day can seriously impact your brain health and you can find them for free all throughout the Internet.

Different types of brain games have been shown to improve your working memory and increase your fluid intelligence. You can find these types of games at Lumosity. Lumosity is a brain training program with scientifically designed games that aim to improve brain function. $6.00 a month provides you with daily games shown to target brain stimulation. They provide a free trial for you to try it out before committing.

Other benefits of brain games are increasing your mental alertness, and awareness, mood elevation, concentration, and quicker thinking. These are huge rewards for a few minutes of entertainment each day.

If you think about it, Our brain is one of the most extraordinary and complex things in the world, so it is worth nurturing, and challenges. We don’t even realize that our brain is capable of making huge and an “unlimited” number of synaptic connections, each of which is a pattern of thought. Although our brain has such amazing capabilities, it still feels like thinking can be hard work, and because we are human we take the path of least resistance, or try not to think more than we have to. Using brain games is a great way to not fall into a pattern of laziness and to keep your brain in active shape the way it should be. And keep in mind “if you use it, you won’t lose it”

Bio: Alexis Bonari is a freelance writer and blog junkie. She is currently a resident blogger at onlinedegrees.org, researching areas of online universities. In her spare time, she enjoys square-foot gardening, swimming, and avoiding her laptop.

downloadable brain games

Typically this website focuses on online brain games, but just for a brief diversion I will direct you a resource for downloadable, offline mind games and brain fitness programs. This website has a long and lengthy list of different software programs related to mind exercises and brain games.

Brain Training Games dot Net

The brain games on this website have been specially designed to maximize the benefit of your training session. Each game targets specific mental faculties (such as attention, memory, visuospatial skill, reaction time, etc) in simple and straight-forward ways. Most importantly, the games automatically become harder as you make progress, ensuring that they always provide an appropriate degree of challenge.

Age of Puzzles

AgeOfPuzzles.com is a web part of a puzzle-book-web project entitled Age of Puzzles. The project makes a comprehensive mosaic of puzzles created by different people in different time and at different places. It’s a Colorful Journey through Endless Patterns of Quick Wits!

TLS Brain Training

TLS Brain Training entertains and challenges you with a mix of exciting new games and proven, well-loved favourites. Unlike our competitors, our puzzles are fun and have staying power; each is playable many times without becoming tedious or repetitive. With a simple, elegant and content rich interface, we have the ideal product to help train your brain!

Patch Words

In this fun word game, you need to work against time to patch together the words and fill in all their holes. Work with the set of loose letters to assemble a set of valid English words.

Sumbler

This math game is another BrainBall spin-off. The goal is to group together numbers to construct specific sums. There is nothing too complicated or fancy about this game, it just requires really quick mental artithmetic skills.

Mind360 Brain Training

Sharpen your memory. Stay focused longer. Increased alertness & awareness. Make quicker & wiser decisions. Boost your productivity. Fun, fast & convenient. Function better overall. Feel better about yourself

FitBrains

An online brain fitness platform that combines a large portfolio of casual brain games, personalized tracking & recommendations, a motivational rewards system, and a variety of social features. We seamlessly blend entertainment, science and technology to create a truly casual experience, personalized to each user. At Fit Brains, there’s something fun for anyone looking to keep their brain sharp!

Lumosity Trainer

Shown to improve memory and attention. Detailed feedback and improvement tracking. Fun and easy: full workout in less than 10 minutes/day.

CogniFit Personal Coach

Cognifit Personal Coach is unique because it begins by providing you a personal assessment that scientifically analyzes and measures the full spectrum of your cognitive abilities. That information, combined with our clinically tested methodologies and our database of over 112,000 users, creates a program of brain fitness that’s designed only for you, to deliver precisely the training you need for the improvement you want.

Happy Neuron

Happy Neuron offers a scientifically validated, personalized brain cross-training program designed to minimize brain decline by maximizing the brain’s capacity to learn and adapt. Program effectiveness is optimized through thousands of unique hours of fun and challenging brain games and guided by a virtual personal coach.

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