Apps to Improve Memory and Concentration
As we age, our memory and ability to concentrate will naturally decline. Additionally, there are common health problems and obstacles that we face throughout our life that can contribute to a sudden decline in these skills. These problems include trouble sleeping/insufficient sleep, sleep apnea, stroke, depression, anxiety, stress, and nutritional deficiencies. Medications can also contribute to these issues, as well.
But luckily for us, there is no shortage of resources available to help us combat a decline in memory and concentration.
A study published in 2015 showed that playing “brain training” games will improve memory and concentration. These games include Sudoku, crossword and jigsaw puzzles, chess, word searches, and memory games.
You can easily download standalone apps to play those types of games. Additionally, the following apps have been designed specifically for improving concentration:
Apps for Improving Your Memory
We’ll start off our list with one of the most popular memory-increasing apps: Lumosity. Not only does it help improve your memory, but it also increases concentration (among other skills) as well. The app has been around for 10 years and boasts over 100 million members. Additionally, there have been more than 20 peer-reviewed publications in academic journals that have used Lumosity to study cognitive performance. Those who used the app improved their performance across multiple cognitive assessments. With data to back it up, we feel great about recommending Lumosity. Download it at the App Store or on Google Play now.
Utilizing the proven learning technique of spaced repetition, Eidetic will help you to memorize anything—from interesting facts to important numbers and passwords. Download it on the App Store now.
Memory Trainer is a great tool for increasing your short-term memory through fun games. The app also allows you to track your progress and customize the intensity of the games you play. Download it on Google Play now.
As we mentioned above, playing the popular game Sudoku can actually boost your memory as well! After all, you have to keep track of which numbers can and cannot go in each square. There are several Sudoku apps to choose from for both Apple and Android users.
Apps for Improving Your Concentration
This app, which is available in the App Store and on Google Play, assesses your cognitive abilities as you play using the same tests that doctors use to monitor patients, and compares them to that of other people in different age groups.
If you are easily distracted by social media, music, YouTube, apps and other websites on your computer, try downloading Cold Turkey. The app allows you to set a schedule for when you need to concentrate and will block the content that you don’t need during that time.
If your work environment is noisy and distracting, check out Noisli. The app allows you to create custom combinations of white noise so that you can drown out whatever is distracting you. You can check it out in the App Store, on Google Play or use it as a Chrome Extension.
If you’re stressed, it’s hard to concentrate, right? That’s why downloading a meditation app like Headspace may help you to improve your concentration (with the added bonus of decreasing your stress). Download the app at the App Store or on Google Play to get started.
We’ll end with one more app that’s great for improving both memory and concentration. With more than 30 games proven to increase concentration, memory, mental agility, language, and problem solving, Peak is a great app to have on your phone. The games in the app were developed by scientists from all over the world and appeal to all ages. You can find it in the App Store and on Google Play.
Which one will you download first? Let us know in the comments!