TechHive: For our bodies we have gyms, and for our minds we have...brain fitness apps

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thumbnail For our bodies we have gyms, and for our minds we have...brain fitness apps
Jan 13th 2014, 11:00, by Mark Sullivan

Admit it. You've had a few senior moments. Struggling to remember a key fact that would have served as a cup of shut-the-hell-up for your egghead brother-in-law. Straining to remember the name of that guy from the New York office. Leaving your phone in a cab in San Francisco.

Actually this kind of stuff happens to people of all ages, and it can be caused by poor mental fitness. But of course, there's an app for that.

The first thing experts tell you about brain fitness tech is that the mind needs a workout to stay sharp and feel good, just as the body does. That sounded "truthy" to me, but I wanted to know whether a real scientific rationale exists to back up the claim.

Your brain really does need a workout

If only Wonder Woman had been using her brain fitness apps!

The answer is yes. The exercises in brain fitness apps like BrainHQ and Lumosity produce real physical and bioelectrical changes in the brain, says Dr. Argye Hillis, director of cerebrovascular neurology at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She explained it to me this way:

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