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in smartphone apps - 07 Mar, 2015
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Brain Training Apps: How useful are they?

Brain Training Apps: How useful are they?

I have been working monotonously since a last couple of months, thought I needed a change and how can I still stay more focused and sharp as I used to stay during my student life. The search of solution ended after visiting and registering on some of the brain training app sites such as Lumosity, Fitbrains app etc. After careful consideration, I did subscribe for one of the app called Fitbrains on my iPad.

With the algorithmic promise to revitalize the brain and monetizing the science of neuroplasticity, these apps provide personalized training programs through games, puzzles and activities. These exercises are backed by neuroscience (as mentioned on their websites) and are supposedly meant to improve our focus, memory, attention, problem-solving and mental flexibility skills.

I had the opportunity to use the App Fitbrains. It’s a cool app, where the graphical user interface is great, easy to navigate and analysis of the progress is clear and crisp. The app is fun to use and a gives a feel of continuous improvement, when you follow the training program religiously. It comprises of a variety of exercises which adapt as per our mental abilities. The performance analysis is explanatory; the charts and the graphs show us about the cognitive areas we worked upon, what the rate of improvement is and which parts need an improvement.

Are these Apps Useful?

Before, subscribing to apps, I took some IQ and reasoning tests and scored reasonably OK, but the zeal to improve further made me pay for these apps. The idea to exercise my mind surfaced and I bought the subscription for a year. But I wonder where I am leading with this.

Of course, I feel good to see my score rising and improving my percentile in those games and training programs but I am still missing that instinct from my day to day life. When it comes to real life, the real improvement is yet to be observed.

Do these apps make you better just on the games, just because you get more aware about the type of reasoning exercises coming your way daily? I feel accustomed to the training program and thrill of facing new situations or exercises is missing. I might do great on the similar type of exercises I do daily but I am still wondering how efficiently I will perform, when the next game or puzzle will be different from routine.

What is increasing, my conditioning of IQ through practice and familiarity with patterns or my cognitive ability to deal with spontaneity?

Is it a pseudo-satisfaction of improving your brain health or this happens in real, there is contradiction in research studies, supporting different viewpoints and observations?

I believe, whatever is the outcome, whether these brain training apps improves our brain or just give a feeling of improvement, there is nothing deconstructive in that. With every game, at least I feel better. Though there are other ways as well to stimulate our brain, but these apps tend to simplify our quest to maintain our IQ levels.