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5 Apps to Increase Your Brain Power



Make the most of your smartphone addiction.


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We glued to our iPhones, staring at our screens on the sidewalk, sitting in the office, eating at the dinner table and even in the powder room. But what if instead of losing brain cells while rarely rolling through Instagram, can you actually use your phone to become smarter?

Check out five apps to boost your brain power.


Elevate

Image credit: Elevate |
Average rating on the App Store: 4.7 Stars

Platforms: iOS, Android

Why we love it: Elevate is a personal trainer for your brain – minus the price tag that is usually included. Selected by Apple as App of the Year, Elevate uses AI to design custom brain training sessions based on your interaction with the app. The more you use it, the better you know it. Once you've determined your goal, the app creates a personal set of tasks tailored to your desired results. You will be given short, and quite fun mini-games to improve memory, focus, reading comprehension, writing and more. You can track your progress along the way, see which skills are better and those who need some extra love.

To see if Elevate really was affective and not just waste of time (and phone data) California State University conducted a research study in collaboration with Elevate. The results showed that Elevate users improved 69 percent more than non-users in key skills over a four-week period.

Cost: Free, with purchase option in app.


Happify [19659014] Image Credit: Happify |
Average rating on the App Store: 4.5 Stars

Platforms: iOS, Android

Why We Love It: Can The smartphone makes you really happy? Well, Happify is sure to try – and succeed. This app was not designed by your typical programmer. Instead, leading researchers and experts in psychology, attention and cognitive behavioral therapy developed the app to ensure that each game gives a positive change in your life.

Keeping track of your feelings while using the app, you can see just how far your happiness and emotional intelligence has improved. Happify does not promise all the sunshine and rainbow. You have your bad days, but generally the app will train your mind to leave the negative line and think positively. If you are skeptical, Happify does not make any sugar. It tells you in advance that it will take a lot of effort to kick your bad habits to the sidewalks, but Happify is there to help you on the journey with some simple, fun games every day. The results can not be falsified since they come from you.

Cost: Free, with option for purchase in app


CogniFit

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Average rating on the App Store: 4.2 Stars

Platforms: iOS, Android

Why We Love It: If You can not remember your email password or where you put your phone, give CogniFit a try. With a view to improving short-term memory, CogniFit tests your brain for 23 different cognitive skills and provides a detailed report of your results. You then have the opportunity to play different brain games and mental challenges to stimulate and / or rehabilitate the cognitive skills you choose.

Using the same technology as hospitals and medical centers around the world, CogniFit also offers specific exercises for people with a diagnosed mental disability, such as dementia, chemical fog, alzheimer, ADHD, multiple sclerosis and more.

Cost: Free, with option for purchase in app.


Peak

Image credit: Peak |
Average rating on the App Store: 4.6 Stars

Platforms: iOS, Android

Why We Love It: Peak helps you make the most of your playing time by pushing your mind to peak for a short time. Think of it as high intensity training routine of brain exercise: short bursts, lots of energy, quick results.

When you first sign up for the app, Peak asks you what skills you want to improve to make your experience as effective as possible. In view of your personal interests and gaming performance, Peak puts together sequences of games specifically for you. The benefits include sharper focus, increased mental agility and a stronger memory. If you are very busy for the time being, you play the "Coffee Break" function. All the brain's benefits, but you can play during the time you wait for a Starbucks line. Have you forgotten your phone at home? No worries. Peak is available at Apple Watch. Plus, Peak encourages you on the road with positive reinforcements to motivate you to continue.

Cost: Free, with option for purchase in app


Duolingo

Image text: Elevate |
Average rating on the App Store: 4.7 Stars

Platforms: iOS, Android, Windows

Why We Love It: ]] No, you're never too old to learn a new language. Even if you are more inclined to pick up a foreign language as a child, you will enable you to learn to read, write and speak in the language you choose. From French to Indonesian, Duolingo offers over 32 different foreign language courses in the form of fun games and quizzes. Did not speak Spanish since school but still remember bits and pieces? Duolingo makes it possible to get where you left, so you do not have to go back to the beginning. A private tutor in the pocket, Duolingo is a fun spin on traditional foreign language education.

Cost: Free


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