Give your brain some new puzzles to solve

The Washington Post Sunday - - TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION - — Hay­ley Tsukayama

Does the hot weather have your brain fried? If you want a men­tal pick-me-up, Lumosity has an as­sort­ment of fun brainteasers to try this sum­mer. The app pro­vides a small but free sampling of the mind-train­ing com­pany’s larger pro­gram.

Its hand­ful of games are de­signed as daily ex­er­cises to im­prove your mem­ory and your abil­ity to fo­cus. The app also tracks your per­for­mance over time, so you can see whether you’re im­prov­ing.

The science is still out on whether the claims by Lumosity and other brain-train­ing games that they im­prove cog­ni­tion are true, so go in with your eyes open — par­tic­u­larly be­fore you con­sider buy­ing the pre­mium pro­gram, which gives you ac­cess to more games and other fea­tures for $12 per month.

That said, the app is worth a down­load if you’re a puz­zle fan.

Free for iOS and An­droid.

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