Can Brain Games Really Help You to Improve Your Memory?
The first time I put my keys in the fridge, I thought I was just busy and forgetful. But, when, later that day, I lost my phone in a bag of vegetables, I really started to worry. Convinced that I had allowed my brain to fall into lazy patterns, I decided to take matters into my own hands.
Since my son has a passion for technology and learning (he speaks 6 languages), I turned to him for advice. He suggested that I try Lumosity.com, an online service that provides fun brain games that are specially designed to get your neurons pumping (i.e. make your brain work better).
At first, I was a bit skeptical. I mean, how could doing something fun, like playing games, help to improve your memory. There had to be a catch. But, trusting my son, and determined to improve my memory and other brain functions, I decided to give them a shot. After just a few minutes, I was hooked.
I’ve been using Lumosity for several months now and I am so happy that I decided to take the plunge. What I like most about the service is the range of games that they have available. Once you have an account, you can choose from numerous games designed to improve your memory, attention, speed, flexibility, and problem solving.
While I’m not a big fan of paying for online services (free is always better, right?), I’m glad that I gave them a chance. After just a few months with the service, I can already see improvements with my memory and concentration. Of course, it’s always difficult to say exactly what direct impact something like this has. But, one thing’s for sure: I’m having a lot of fun and my dog is now a lot less likely to get his own food and not a bowl of my porridge by mistake.
If you are interested in Lumosity, they have several games that are free to try. If you use their site, I would love to hear your thoughts on whether it is useful for you.
Learn more about memory fitness and brain health in my interview with Dr. Cynthia Green.