Top five brain-training exercises online
by Keris Lahiff
Are you perpetually suffering from a case of the fuzzies? We name the top five sites online to challenge your skills, test your logic, and refine your analytical skills.
The purpose of this one is to compete against others to come up with the perfect analogy, a game of pure one-upmanship.
For example, one half of a simile is given daily – ‘He’s like hiccups’ – and then people complete the analogy – ‘everyone gives me advice on how to get rid of him’.
‘He’s like a cemetery – always has the dirt on people’
‘She was like an infomercial – constantly giving out her number’.
Then, the best response for the day, rated by site visitors, wins. Connect through Facebook to share your best analogies and wordplay with friends.
A bit of trivia – the guys who created the site are Jesse Eisenberg, the actor who plays Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, and his cousin Eric Fisher, who incidentally currently works as a designer at Facebook.
Prove how large your vocabulary is – and learn new words while you’re at it – with Knoword. This game gives users a dictionary definition and asks for the correct word. Do as many as possible within 60 seconds to amp up your score.
Practice, verse friends on Twitter and Facebook and beat your high score, all while building your vocabulary.
Arguably the king of brain-training exercises on the internet, Lumosity focuses on the five core brain areas – memory, attention, speed, flexibility and problem-solving – to hone your cognitive skills. Sign up for a free account to keep track of your progress.
This site features a series of brainteasers and puzzles, memory-based games and logic puzzles. Founder Erin Matlock created a central hub for brain-training games that increase memory, reaction time and logic skills.
5. Games for the Brain
Addicted to Sudoku? Love a little Mahjongg? Can't get enough of checkers and chess? This site has all the basic puzzle games, as well as a few originals. Try out TriviaNut to test how much trivia you know.
Recommended dosage? Play brain games daily on your smartphone, tablet computer or desktop during lunch to keep your cognitive skills sharp and learning fun.
Published on: Wednesday, November 16, 2011