The brain works in much the same way as a muscle, and like any muscle, it can be developed and made stronger through exercise.
Studies by neuroscientists have shown that the brain can be trained throughout a lifetime. Even people who have suffered neurological damage can be rehabilitated to re-learn old cognitive skills because the brain develops new neural pathways.
Keeping an active mind by always challenging it in new ways is the best way to improve cognitive abilities. Exercising your brain happens during your day to day activities – meeting new people and remembering their names, learning a craft that requires concentration, reading a book with new words in it and a plot you have to keep track of are just some examples.
There is also another way to train your brain – with online exercises that can help improve things like the ability to solve problems and general intelligence. Yes, brain training can make you smarter and who wouldn’t want a way to get ahead in this competitive job market?
The games such as "Speed Match" change slightly and become more difficult and in this way, the brain is gradually exposed to more challenging tasks. As the user moves through the program, more games are opened up based on their ability, this is much the same way that a personal trainer in a gym would change up exercises as fitness levels and abilities improve.
You can choose from the selection of specific cognitive abilities within each category that you want to improve, for example in the memory category among the options you can choose from there are tests for remembering patterns and locations or associating names with faces.
In the attention category, some of the options are ignoring distractions and dividing your attention between multiple tasks and demands.
Within speed match, the choices are reacting quickly and decision-making in time-sensitive situations. Flexibility options include rapidly selecting words from your mental vocabulary and switching between tasks efficiently. Problem Solving gives you the options to use logical reasoning and calculating figures in your head amongst others.
Within each category, you can choose just some or all of the options. Once you get going with the tests, you can see how you fare in each category within your age group and other age groups, which if you’re a little competitive, can be just the thing to spur you on.