Today’s article is inspired by a call Marcia and I did called “Online Programs that Can Help Your Brain and Improve the Way You Run Your Business.”
When we think of computer games, the next automatic thought is “bad for me.” They eat up time when there are productive things to be done, and when we do indulge, we feel lazy and guilty.
However, there is a new breed of games that are good for you, your brain, and your ADHD. This is because the more we learn about the brain, the more we realize that, just like the body, we need to exercise the body to keep it in good shape. These programs help to develop and improve the cognitive functions that ADHD adults struggle with.
Here are 3 of the best! (And they’re so fun, you’ll forget they’re good for you!)
Lumosity is a web-based cognitive training program designed by neuroscientists that allows you to improve your mental abilities by playing games. The games are based around 5 cognitive functions: memory, attention, speed, flexibility, and problem solving. Based on the areas you particularly want to focus on, Lumosity creates a personalized training program just for you. And, it has a 3-day free trial so you can test it out.
Like Lumosity, Attengo is a web-based cognitive training program. However, the key difference is that it was specifically designed for people with ADD and learning disabilities. The emphasis of the training is on memory and attention. When you sign up, you are assessed on both of these areas and then a personalized program is created for you.
The exciting thing about Attengo is that with consistent use, the creators say you can increase dopamine levels and build new neuro connections, and the effects are long term.
Brain Age is played on The Nintendo DS. The premise behind the game is that the optimum brain age is 20 years old. Your brain’s age is assessed when you start (I was horrified to find my brain’s age was 87. Over twice my biological age!). However, with fun games and challenges you can quickly lower your age. Brain Age was designed to stimulate your prefrontal cortex, the anterior part of the frontal lobes and home to executive functions. It is thought that by using this area of the brain with these games, you can sharpen intelligence.
So give these programs a go and let us know how you get on!!