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10 Top Websites for Brain Training

Online resources to stimulate and develop your brain. Have fun whilst training your mind to excel.

You have probably seen media reports about the emerging understanding of the benefits that mental exercise brings. Studies have shown that a routine of mental activities can increase your alertness, agility of thought and creativity. Your brain’s health is an important contributor to your quality of life as you age and there appears to be a correlation between your level of mental stimulation and your risk of dementia/Alzheimer’s in later life.

Brain training video games intended to help you keep your brain fit, such as Nintendo’s Brain Age, which offers to train your brain in 10 minutes a day, have sold millions of copies. However you don’t need to splash out for an expensive games console and software. There are plenty of free online and interactive resources to help you get the benefits of training your brain. Below is a round-up of ten of the best:

  1. Brain Metrix

    A website dedicated to brain training with a collection of brain training games and exercises

  2. Sharp Brains

    Lots of brain fitness resources, including exercises.

  3. Braingle

    Braingle claims to have the largest collection of brain teasers, riddles, logic problems, quizzes and mind puzzles on the internet with over 12,000 items which have been ranked by the site’s users.

  4. Brainwaves

    Brain training exercises designed to build mental stamina and ability to organise new data.

  5. Brain Arena

    Train your brain by competing online against thousands of other people. Site requires free registration.

  6. Queendom

    Games and exercises to get your mind into shape.

  7. Games for the brain

    Quiz, memory and brain games to train your thinking.

  8. Miniclip brain training

    Flash based word games and other puzzlers.

  9. Brain Gym® Exercises

    Some simple physical exercises which boost the brain, based on the work of Paul E. Dennison, PhD.

  10. Matica Brain Gym

    Flash based Brain Gym.

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  1. Onflame

    On November 10, 2007 at 5:42 am


    Thanks for the list, I needed something like this.

  2. Jodi

    On November 12, 2007 at 2:02 pm


    Do you actually use any of these? If you do, do you feel a difference?

  3. Michael Pan

    On November 12, 2007 at 3:19 pm


    Thanks, those r cool

  4. sheena0501

    On November 14, 2007 at 5:39 pm


    Thank you very much this was great info!

  5. JRS

    On November 15, 2007 at 9:43 am


    I’ve been wanting to try Nintendo’s Brain Age. Thanks!

  6. Music2Work2

    On November 15, 2007 at 10:27 pm


    A great resource. I do believe exercising your mind is important and can help keep one alert, quick and creative. Too many people seem to think loss of memory or decrease in brain function is just a natural part of aging.

  7. Anne Lyken-Garner

    On November 17, 2007 at 2:08 pm


    It’s good to see these all in one place, it makes it easy to chose the most suitable one for you.

  8. Judy Sheldon-Walker

    On November 22, 2007 at 8:30 pm


    Sounds like some interesting and useful sites. Thank you.

  9. Ruby Hawk

    On November 24, 2007 at 6:34 pm


    Wonderful ideas, I do cross word puzzles, word games, scrabble, write, quilt,and read mysterys to try to keep my brain agile. I think the best thing I do though, is to try to keep up with my grand kids. Youngsters will certainly keep you on your toes.

  10. SpostareDuro

    On December 13, 2007 at 4:25 pm


    Thanks! What a terrific list of Brain food. I’m blonde, so you can imagine…I have been famished! lol

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    On January 15, 2008 at 1:48 am


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  12. cherrycher

    On January 17, 2008 at 12:34 pm


    Very cool.
    Thanks for the tips!

  13. Bob

    On January 21, 2008 at 11:10 am


    Is it just me or is the coin adding up brain game at matica brain gym impossible? I can do well at all the rest it’s just the coin game.

  14. Tara

    On February 2, 2008 at 9:56 am


    this mind things are well helping me with my test at skool through my test last week so if you put youre mind to it you will get to do maths and other subjects just like that so it really helps!!!!!!!!!!

  15. poophead

    On February 19, 2008 at 4:29 pm


    this site is soooooooooooo cool! there is so much to do.
    ttyl

  16. karla

    On March 13, 2008 at 12:48 pm


    thanks!

  17. Natalie

    On June 30, 2008 at 7:31 pm


    This is an excellent resource. Thanks!

  18. Gennifer

    On July 7, 2008 at 7:52 pm


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  19. vvvv

    On July 7, 2008 at 7:54 pm


    back off

  20. Smart_Kid_08

    On July 14, 2008 at 4:47 am


    Hey thanks! I really needed a brain boost. Awesome guys!!!!

  21. DecMate

    On July 16, 2008 at 9:58 am


    Sick list, nice one.

  22. Brandon heat

    On July 16, 2008 at 12:41 pm


    Downloadable game from http://www.davesbraintraining.co.uk
    It is a homebrew, but you should find some elements you like.

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    On July 22, 2008 at 2:15 pm


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  24. h9628g

    On July 22, 2008 at 2:17 pm


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  25. lin

    On July 22, 2008 at 8:49 pm


    i love this

  26. fred

    On August 11, 2008 at 12:39 pm


    Just wanted to 2 C my comment

  27. Trish

    On August 15, 2008 at 12:43 am


    You should try braintrain.com.au – its really fun, heaps of different games, some easy, some tricky. Great site.

  28. Jay

    On August 16, 2008 at 4:03 am


    Or http://www.brain-guide.org/products.html
    usefull site, many different programs

  29. David Johnson

    On September 4, 2008 at 8:28 am


    There aren’t any games on this site, but I noticed huge improvements when I started doing the Mental Fitness exercises they suggest. http://www.DynamicMentalFitness.com

  30. Simon

    On September 11, 2008 at 10:44 am


    All really good, but Matica Brain Gym is the one to avoid. All others are really good. But Matica Brain Gym is a really bad game.

  31. GaryD

    On October 31, 2008 at 5:05 pm


    I love the online brain games from lumosity. I can say they work! Also many good free online games at The Online Brain Games Blog

  32. Marla

    On November 5, 2008 at 2:07 pm


    There is another one for memory training as well, http://www.foxythinking.com. It is free and you can track your performance.

  33. George Miller

    On November 21, 2008 at 1:02 am


    I especially like Lumosity and Brain-Guide.org.
    There’s also a great new site called cognifit.com

  34. Mike Jensen

    On November 28, 2008 at 10:47 am


    This is great information. While I was looking around the stuff you provided, I came across http://www.dynamicmentalfitness.com also. They have a ton of stuff on thought control, brain training, mental fitness, concentration for kids, and they have a free mental concentration training course. You guys are great!

  35. Leonard Carney

    On November 28, 2008 at 10:50 am


    I agree on http://www.dynamicmentalfitness.com suggestion. One of their mental fitness brain trainers actually contacted me after I got the free mental concentration training course and offered me extra advice that sped things up for me. Didn’t expect that. I’m glad I found this page.

  36. David Johnson

    On November 28, 2008 at 12:12 pm


    Awesome list! I just checked out http://www.DynamicMentalFitness.com and there is some great stuff on there, I highly recommend everybody checks that out.

  37. Anya

    On November 30, 2008 at 6:08 pm


    Wow,thx for the list. I’ve also founded this site http://www.gabumba.com/test there are different tests to improve mental skills and you can compete against others users.

  38. Rusty Kankles

    On December 3, 2008 at 2:40 pm


    Thanks for the heads up on http://www.dynamicmentalfitness.com – that’s a lot of free training and I need it for my ADHD.

  39. LSaul

    On December 5, 2008 at 12:08 pm


    Great list. I’ve been studying neuro-plasticity for a little while now, and its tough to find games which actually produce benefits. There is a new task, called the “Dual N-back” task which has scientifically proven benefits. You can find the program here:

    themindflow.com

    best of luck to all

  40. Lea

    On December 18, 2008 at 1:18 pm


    Saul, have you seen this interview with the neuroscientist who developed the “Dual N-back” task?

    http://www.sharpbrains.com/blog/2008/05/13/can-intelligence-be-trained-martin-buschkuehl-shows-how/

  41. Michael

    On January 6, 2009 at 5:32 pm


    Those a really great sites but you missed one of my favorite sites with Fit Brains. Their Brain Games are fun and free. I have fun at Briangle, too!

  42. Moonraker

    On January 7, 2009 at 10:52 am


    Good list – have you tried http://www.actibrain.com

    I really like that one

  43. Sophie Masters

    On January 10, 2009 at 2:21 pm


    Hi there,

    I have found a site with exclusive brain games where you can measure yourself against the other people on the highest level, the site is http://www.thebrainwizard.com. I love it, since I like a little competition and it is great feedback.. anyway what makes it really cool is that they have brain music from iMusic, specially made for each training, to stimulate the part of the brain that you are training in that game. Goosshhh I really feel and see the difference. To me, brain game freak, this is the best out there. They also have a huge amount of info on the brain and loads of brain teasers.. really a site to hang out and return often, anyway check it out for yourself http://www.thebrainwizard.com. I am seen as BrainBlast on the Homepage, since my score is the highest on one of the games, but that could be different tomorrow – so I keep going:) Have fun, Sophie

  44. Peter van Doorn

    On January 10, 2009 at 2:25 pm


    HI Sophie,

    TOTALLY AGREE

    I am hooked on thebrainwizard.com

    The other sites are fun, but this one tops it of, there is nothing like it. The music is a big hit for my brain, I digggg it. I am known as Pietro on the site and am one of the best players at the moment, smirk smirk – wonder who will catch up with me hahaha.

  45. Gail Nobles

    On January 14, 2009 at 8:15 pm


    Your Brain doesn’t need any training, writing great articles like this. Keep up the good work.

  46. Tom Axlerod

    On January 16, 2009 at 6:46 pm


    Thanks for the advice on http://www.dynamicmentalfitness.com Leonard. That’s awesome. Did you sign up?

  47. Bryon

    On January 19, 2009 at 3:54 pm


    Lots of really unique brain games at http://www.braincurls.com Check it out!

  48. Aha

    On February 11, 2009 at 4:57 am


    http://www.ahapuzzles.com is pretty cool and the puzzles are original.

  49. lloyd saulpaugh

    On February 15, 2009 at 9:56 pm


    Dual-N-Back is currently the most beneficial mental training game available. The game is easy to play and develops sharp mental focus and working memory. It is scientifically proven to increase IQ; the best part is you can play it here for FREE: themindflow.com

  50. Aaron

    On March 8, 2009 at 8:56 pm


    Brain age is really cool!

  51. nyquasia

    On March 11, 2009 at 3:47 pm


    theses puzzles are so cool

  52. indira

    On March 11, 2009 at 3:48 pm


    i love these puzzles

  53. MindFit

    On March 26, 2009 at 12:12 pm


    Have you tried http://www.cognifit.com ?

  54. Leonard Carney

    On April 2, 2009 at 7:37 pm


    Tom Axlerod I did sign up for DynamicMentalFitness.com it was free and I’m very impressed by the level of information, it’s good stuff!

  55. Jon

    On April 3, 2009 at 12:03 pm


    How about games to take with you? I’ve tried this iPhone brain training game and it’s pretty good and fun too. $4.99 though, but worth it IMO:

    http://tinyurl.com/c2ka9c

  56. KerryGrink

    On April 7, 2009 at 3:17 pm


    The Best of the is trying to identify the smartest people in the United States. http://www.SmartestofUS.com will administer a free IQ test for the remainder of the year, naming monthly winners then holding a final test in January 2010 to determine 2009’s Smartest of the United States.

    The SmartestofUS Contest asks contestants 50 questions in a 30 minute timeframe then shows the contestant where they rank relative to all the other contestants that have taken the test. The questions are randomly drawn from a database of over 3000 IQ type questions testing the participant’s intellectual skills in seven categories. Contestants are encouraged to invite friends and family to participate in the contest thus earning additional free testing sessions. By improving their score, contestants increase their chance to win one of the 15” MacBooks that are being awarded as prizes. SmartestofUS.com challenges everyone in the United States to know and share their SUS Score. “Your SUS Score can be one more tool to assist us in making good decisions; from electing representatives, choosing leaders, to choosing a Friday night date.”

    http://www.SmartestofUS.com

  57. Sam Williams

    On April 13, 2009 at 4:17 pm


    I just joined http://www.Neuro-Sculpting.com after taking a look at all these and I have to say that it’s a shame it’s not up there. It is downright amazing. Check it out

  58. Sporcle.com

    On May 9, 2009 at 3:36 pm


    Sporcle.com is great if you enjoy trivia/facts or if you are into a certain subject and would like to learn more… Great site

  59. Carolina17

    On May 18, 2009 at 7:18 pm


    There are interesting exercises at http://www.domo-sudoku.com if you want to train your brain efficiently.

  60. Sophie Masters

    On June 30, 2009 at 1:38 pm


    The most complete, effective and economical brain training I have found online is at this innovative site http://www.thebrainwizard.com. They also have an abundance of information on the brain in easy to understand language. You can have a complete brain work-out for 25 cents a day – by far the cheapest serious training out there and the beauty is they have partnered with iMusic, the only scientific proven brain music, so every training is supported with this wonderful stimulating music. Try it yourself for free at http://www.thebrainwizard.com

  61. alex

    On July 20, 2009 at 10:20 pm


    definitely check out playwithyourmind.com for all sorts of interesting and original brain games and puzzles. also, no one yet has mentioned Mind360

  62. Sabine

    On July 23, 2009 at 3:01 pm


    Please check out http://www.thebrainwizard.com, absolute winner of the brain training online programs!

  63. Brain Blast1

    On July 26, 2009 at 5:08 pm


    Hi Sabine,

    I just checked it out and signed up for only 15 cents per day!! They have the best games, very stimulating to my great brain and the accompanying music/frequency from iMusic is just the best. I just feel my brain growing :) ) Find me on the Homepage as one of the highest scores as well!! Brain Blast1

  64. Mike

    On July 30, 2009 at 7:18 am


    Thank you.
    There is another site for brain training games that allow you to play free, check out http://www.mind360.com

  65. playwithyourmind

    On September 12, 2009 at 5:46 pm


    dont forget about the brain games at http://playwithyourmind.com

  66. Brain Training Advocate

    On October 15, 2009 at 10:45 am


    Don’t forget Mind Sparke’s Brain Fitness Pro. It uses a training protocol designed by University researchers that increased fluid intelligence by 40%. Dual n-back working memory training…

  67. Rich Sharp

    On November 27, 2009 at 4:39 am


    Be sure and check out Marbles: The Brain Store at http://www.marblesthebrainstore.com – it’s a great resource for the latest on brain fitness, free brain games, as well as products designed to enhance and strengthen the brain. Great for smart Christmas gifts as well!

  68. Memory Improvement Tips

    On December 17, 2009 at 12:26 pm


    For those who don’t want to pay anything, there are over 100 free brain games here: http://www.memory-improvement-tips.com/brain-games.html

  69. Brain Training Expert

    On January 3, 2010 at 5:07 pm


    Has anyone tried the Lumosity Program? I am sure with 2 million members they have done an excellent job of structuring their system but we would like to hear of anyones experience with using their games.

    Thanks.

  70. Franck

    On January 23, 2010 at 11:05 am


    To complete this list, you should add HAPPYneuron Brain Fitness Program
    They have a full library of 40 nice brain training games.

  71. Memory Games

    On February 16, 2010 at 10:28 am


    Wow.. Great list.. Thanks so much! Lumosity is great, too.

  72. ThoughtRod

    On February 26, 2010 at 5:20 pm


    First, excellent roundup of brain-training programs. And especially in the “game=training” arena.

    I’d love to throw our hat in the arena. Since 1988 we’ve been creating one of the leading creativity and brainstorming software apps that ISN’T a MindMapping application, nor a randomization program.

    We believe in three basic principles:

    1) Asking questions opens minds. So we ask lots of questions. Questions developed by experts using their seasoned skills to ask the right question in the right order.

    2) Going laterally. Basically finding that the answers are often in the heart of the questions, or the reader’s response to the questions. So applying 6-degrees of separation to the process. Lateral thinking is an incredible way to spark innovations and new ideas, while getting LOTS of neural activity happening.

    3) Organizing the info. Without having to work at it. Outlines and storyboards are the most effective way to do that.

    I hope that’s valuable. If you’d like to chat further, please give me a buzz and we can riff on good brainstorming and creativity and mind-expanding processes (and what our research has revealed).

    To your incredible creativity,
    Mark Alan Effinger
    Chief Evangelist
    http://www.ThoughtRod.com

  73. Mark Smith

    On May 17, 2010 at 9:20 am


    A new one on the scene which offers both braintraining software with the most in-depth blog on IQ is here: http://www.highiqpro.com

    It’s written by a team of PhDs and headed by a cognitive neuroscientist.

    Might be worth a place in the top 10?

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  75. Anuradha Ramkumar

    On May 24, 2010 at 9:24 am


    Thnk u for sharing these wonderful websites.

  76. Jeremy Gradler

    On June 14, 2010 at 3:15 am


    You missed a really good free brain training site. It is recommended by lots of schools in England.

    http://www.brainexperiment.org

    It has the same types of games you find on the nintendo games as well as tests taken from job interview aptitude tests and other IQ tests.

    I thought I was pretty sharp but my brain score is only 58% on that site! Some of the people playing are VERY smart.

  77. Brain Training

    On June 24, 2010 at 12:56 am


    Try http://www.mybrainsolutions.com for a more scientific brain training solution!

    Thanks

  78. World's Top 10

    On August 26, 2010 at 8:11 pm


    Your list for top brain training websites is 100% accurate.

  79. Tayyab

    On September 11, 2010 at 12:53 pm


    Mr Peoples brain can’t work better by online brain training

    it is in yourself

    :D

    So don’t rely on websites

  80. Lisa Retop

    On January 25, 2011 at 10:23 pm


    My daughter has been working with Brain Potential Institute via SKYPE with a one-on-one trainer. It has made a HUGE difference. She is able to concentrate more and understand what is being said in class. Her reading has improved, and doing homework is much easier. I highly recommend checking them out http://www.brainpotentialinstitute.com.

  81. Zoltan - confidence

    On February 9, 2011 at 6:32 am


    Thanks for the great list. Anything that stimulates your brain is useful.

  82. Annie Anderson

    On March 8, 2011 at 3:53 am


    I would like to add http://www.highiqpro.com

    I saw an amazing difference even from the first few sessions. The blog is also very interesting :-)

    Annie

  83. Kate

    On March 14, 2011 at 6:54 am


    Thanks for this I know of one such site which offers free brainteasers and logic puzzles –
    http://www.iqtestexperts.com/brainteasers/

  84. John

    On March 30, 2011 at 6:39 am


    That is true , playing mind games regularly does a good deal of mind sharpening. Thanks for suggesting websites which offers brain games . Will look through them.
    Here’s another such site which has a huge collection of brainteasers and puzzles-
    http://www.iqtestexperts.com/

  85. Jacklyn

    On July 22, 2011 at 3:40 am


    Mind games are out when you are past 25 IMHO. Think about what you want and get it.

  86. William R. Davis

    On July 31, 2011 at 10:40 pm


    I’m very interested in ways to improve memory; especially since I’m a nurse who has to juggle numerous patients with all sorts conditions, medications, procedures, etc. I think I’m going to try some of these sites if it will mean that I can train my brain.

  87. Simon Dirks

    On May 27, 2012 at 7:43 am


    I haven’t seen this one around here so I’d like to suggest http://braingymmer.com
    It’s not that popular but you should totally give it a try!

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