Best iPhone Apps
A Introduction to Brain Training Apps and Games
Many people have been turning to apps for intellectual growth and pure entertainment. Have you looked on the market lately? There are many apps that could easily be labeled “best iPhone apps” of the year and fortunately, many of those apps are free. Today, we are going to introduce you to 2 categories – brain training apps and games.
Why are iPhone Apps such a Great Tool for Intellectual Growth?
If you’re already familiar with using many apps, then you already know this: apps are super convenient. Most of the time if they’re made well, they’re very easy to use. The devices that you use your apps on are often very portable and they allow you to use your apps anywhere. More and more places offer free internet (Wi-Fi), meaning you’ll often have access to your apps at any time or place. If you’re not using apps (and not just brainy ones) you are missing out on an entire world of entertainment, convenience, and efficiency.
Also, apps provide interactive and adaptive systems that we don’t often find elsewhere. Many educational systems and tools have historically been a “one size fits all” proposition, but with apps and other modern technology, often the app itself will adapt and change depending on your needs.
In the case of brain training apps, for example, the better you perform the more challenging the tasks tend to get. The worse you perform, the easier they will become so that you can have time to master the basics. This allows you to stay engaged and continue exercising your brain without unnecessary frustration. It’s tempting to speak about apps as if they’re all the same thing. But there are limitless possibilities with each app. Every day that passes by, there is an opportunity for someone to design an extraordinary app that surprises everyone with its ingenuity. Some of those apps may already exist, and you simply aren’t aware of them.
As we were testing apps currently on the market, we were surprised at the level of depth that some of these app creators went to. This limitless factor that apps have is actually just what our brains need. We need apps that surprise us with new things for us to learn, with new puzzles to solve and better user interfaces, and that are adaptive to our needs. Thankfully, this appears to be the direction that apps have gone in, and that they will likely continue to move in.
Brain Training Apps
Brain training apps are generally made with the specific purpose of helping you to improve your intellectual abilities (or perhaps to help keep them from declining). These apps will tend to test your ability to solve simple or complex problems.
You may be timed and given a score for your performance. Often, these apps will give you a score in different subareas, such as focus, memory, verbal aptitude, etc. These kinds of apps can be good for working on specific abilities, and also for gaugingwhere your performance stands. For example, perhaps your memory is good, but your focus has room for improvement.
Often these apps also will tell you where your performance lies compared to other users from around the world. It can be useful to know exactly where you stand, so you can know whether you would like to work harder in a certain area in order to boost your performance. Although many mini-games you will play are fun and engaging, they often relate in some way to real world tasks. This is why brain training can be so useful. As you improve in your brain training scores, you may find unexpected benefits in other areas of your life.
The kind of person who will really benefit from brain training is anyone who is highly motivated to improve in intellectual performance. The more motivated you are, the more likely you are to gain a true improvement from your efforts. Also, anyone who is concerned with a decline in their mental abilities with age will likely benefit. Someone who has little time in the day for mental exercise will still benefit, because many of these apps take little of your time. Also, if you’re interested in gathering a profile of your mental abilities and any weaknesses, some of these apps will be quite helpful for that.
Games can be a useful resource to help improve your intellectual abilities. For example, one study by researchers at Nanyang Technological University has shown that the game Cut the Rope, even with just 20 hours of play, can help to concentrate 60 percent better, switch between different tasks 33 percent faster, and adapt to new situations better. This is a puzzle game that requires you to solve problems and adapt to new situations. If Cut the Rope can be intellectually beneficial, it seems other challenging and problem-oriented games could help too. As a side note, Cut the Rope is not specifically recommended, because although the game is available through a free app, it only offers about 10 minutes of free play, which we felt wasn’t quite enough to recommend the app.
A growing body of research demonstrates that some types of games, in particular action video games, promote improvements in a wide variety of perceptual, attentional, and cognitive abilities. These enhancements are of a scope and scale that such games are being used, off the shelf, for a variety of practicalpurposes.
Today’s video games are much more than entertainment. They are also weapons in the fight against declining mental capacities in old age. They promote job-related skills. And they are a model of how to teach children complex and difficult tasks and abilities. As with any technology, video games are neither intrinsically good nor intrinsically bad. Instead, the nature of their impact depends upon what users make of them.
Go ahead and look on the market – only you can determine the best iPhone apps based on your preference. The Android market, for example, allows you to look at the top apps currently on the market. look through there and see if something catches your attention.