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How did I develop my brain using mobile applications and what came of it?



About a year ago, I had my first migraine attack, after which I began to notice that my speech became abrupt, and even just remembering the right word became much more difficult.

After reading the forums, and various pseudo-scientific articles, a grandiose decision was made: to spend at least an hour a day on "wiggling" the convolutions.

The first step was to open Google Play. In general, there were at least a couple of hundred applications on the desired topic. One of the articles was also here on vc.ru. It stated that achievements in games do not affect real life, but without checking it on yourself, you will not believe :)

The very first on the request "Brain Development" Google offers to download the NeuroNation application with a note that this is the choice of the editorial board. What did the app promise? Improve memory, increase concentration and increase intelligence. I must say right away that the latter did not happen for sure :)

For a couple of months I played mazes, shape-shifters and calculators, and from the results I can safely say that spatial thinking has really become better. It has become much easier to visualize problems and solve them. Not the achievement I was waiting for, but this is already a big plus for me.

Expectation / Reality: 10/3


Over time, attention has shifted to mnemonic applications. They gave a greater result than all the previous ones, albeit such a highly praised application.

What did you play? The Mnemonist, Memorado, and Mnemocon, all have convincingly written in the description that playing every day will significantly train my memory. Which, in principle, happened. I became much better at memorizing new information, but what was outside the applications was still not so hot to remember. All the same problem - remembering words in active speech (I must say right away that in parallel I constantly met with doctors, but this does not apply directly to my mini-research).

Expectation / Reality: 8/5


The third subgroup is the most interesting. I played both casual-visual brain-developing games Lumosity, Not Not (it really made my tender brain boil) and Elevate, as well as more logical (if I may say so) Brain Out, free online Sudoku, 1000 doors with web Sudoku. So, playing, and not just training the brain, was much more interesting. But they did not have the greatest influence :) Although they led me on the right track.

What really helped me to somehow improve my speech? Simple quizzes and tests. Not complex games developed in collaboration with neuroscientists, but simple ones like "What? Where? When?", "Yes or No" and "Brain Struggle".

I cannot affirm and am not going to organize propaganda, as this is purely my personal experience and my personal brains, but I have become better at speaking, and now remembering the word “bread” is no longer such a big problem. Of course, the treatment gave its results, but I want to believe that my daily brainwave has brought its results.

Expectation / Reality: 5/9


Maybe someone will be useful, my own top development projects:

What? Where? When? - they have both an authentic application and just a site with questions from games allows you to sit and turn on the logic, presenting yourself as a member of an elite club.

Online Sudoku - there are hundreds of them in google play, and the history of applications stretches back from the first ones. Perfectly develops logic and spatial thinking.

Not Not - as I wrote above, this is what really blew up my brain and made me sit in a state of maximum concentration for about an hour. What seemed like an easy task (just turning the cube to the sides) turned out to be overwhelming work. Maybe, of course, this is just for me.

Brain Struggle is once a very popular app, now in a stable middling game. Just a good timekiller that gives hope it's useful.

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