Improving memory, attention, and reasoning

You can improve your memory and overall mental processes with these computer programs (and they're fun too!)

Mostly free, online mind games:
  • Lumosity (visitors have free but limited access to online courses). 
  • Fit Brains offers various free online games aimed at memory, language, concentration, and visual-spatial relationships.
  • SharpBrains have a list of 50 online teasers and games categorized under memory, attention, language, etc.
  • BrainHQ from PositScience offer some free brain games when you resister, but mostly sells their standalone programs.
  • CogniFit offers free online games that you fully unlock for $19.95/month.
Programs and books you can buy:
  • Marbles The Brain Store collects books and puzzles for exercising your brain.
  • Posit programs (now, BrainHQ) were highlighted in a PBS special in 2007.
  • Parrot Software has over 75 different programs for communication, memory, cognitive reasoning, and attention rehabilitation. 
  • If you have an iPad, you can buy the Spaced Retrieval TherAppy app ($3.00), which works on improving memory of names, facts, and routines.
  • Dakim Brain Fitness uses vibrant imagery, videos, music, humor, storytelling to work on long-term memory, short-term memory, language, computation, visuospatial orientation and critical thinking.
  • Other programs you can buy for you computer:


  • Other tips you might try:
    • If you are on the computer often, you can use free electronic calendars with alarm reminders. They can be used not only for appointments but "things to do" as well. Examples are Google Calendar or Yahoo Calendar,
    • Play Concentration-like games on your phone or tablet.