Do you have a habit of walking into a room and forgetting why you went there? How about going online for a specific purpose only to forget it once your browser window pops up? It may mean you’re simply distracted or it could be the initial signs that your memory is aging and you may need to start using brain games to improve your mental focus. When we’re young, our brain rapidly makes connections between neurons, creating multiple pathways for information to flow.
As noted in the August 15, 2006 edition of The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the adult neocortex—that part of the brain that is controls sensory and spatial perception, motor coordination, language, thought and memory —does not generate new neurons. So, as we age and these cells die, they don’t grow back, which means that those pathways start to dwindle.
Things we used to recall with ease become harder to place. The good news is, you can train your brain to create new pathways… and it can also be a lot of fun. Just search “memory games” on your computer or wireless device app store to find a plethora of options.
Luminosity is free in the iOS apple store and Andriod Play Store. This game is based on scientific theories that stimulate your brain and improves working memory. They are uniquely designed to help you pay attention to things that help you solve the task and help you ignore things that don’t help. It is one of the most highly rated brain games with over 60 million downloads worldwide.
This app has a wide range of fun and engaging games designed by top neuroscientists. The game allows you to do a cognitive assessment, play challenges with friends, and track your progress.
Other brain games like Pairopix or Simon are great for memory. However, you can also increase your brainpower with popular games like Words With Friends (language and spatial relationships) and Angry Birds (strategy and reasoning). Just remember not to play them at work!
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