Mind Games: Can Brain-Training Games Keep Your Mind Young?

Source: American Psychological Association

Source: American Psychological Association

In our youth-obsessed culture, gray hair and crow's feet command a lot of time, money and attention. But what good is a shiny racecar with a rusted-out engine under the hood? Staying mentally sharp is a top concern for our graying population — and it's big business, too.

"Brain health" companies such as Lumosity and Posit Science offer popular Web and mobile games that promise to act like a fountain of youth for your gray matter. The companies advertise that their games improve such cognitive skills as memory, attention, processing speed, mental flexibility and problem solving. And their products are selling. According to a 2013 report by independent market-research firm SharpBrains, the brain-health industry surpassed $1 billion in revenues in 2012.

But how effective are they? Psychologists have found that cognitive training can, in fact, have payoffs for skills like memory and problem solving. But scientists are still sorting out the specifics about how best to turn that training into brain games that work.

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8 Ways to Exercise Your Brain With Games

Source: verywellmind.com

Source: verywellmind.com

From Sudoku to handheld games, people young and old alike have been looking for ways to improve their mental functioning and prevent brain aging. While you're playing these games, you're actually improving your cognitive function.

This training can help improve your memory, response time, and logic skills, giving your mind the workout it needs. Let's explore the top websites and games that can keep you sharp and improve your mental fitness.

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