We all know the importance of physical exercise in staying healthy, but researchers are learning that mental exercise is just as important to maintaining a sharp mind. Turn your library into the gym for your brain with help from the resources below.
Train Your Brain with BrainHQ
BrainHQ is an interactive brain training program. It’s sort of like an online personal gym for the brain, where you exercise your memory, attention, brain speed, people skills, intelligence, and navigation by playing fun games.
According to the scientists behind BrainHQ, the benefits of the games are proven in more than 100 studies on healthy aging. Published clinical papers show cognitive and quality-of-life benefits from using BrainHQ, ranging from 10+ years improvement in memory to safer driving, better mood, and sharper focus.
BrainHQ is for anyone who wants to improve their memory and brain function. Because the software adapts to your strengths and weaknesses, you can be sure that you’re always training at the correct level.
This service usually costs $96 a year, but you can use your library card to “check out” BrainHQ for free, just as you would a book. It’s available online, or you can download the iOS app. (An Android app is currently in beta testing.)
To get started, click the link available on the Online Learning or Databases pages of our website. Register with your library card number and PIN, and create an account. After you create your account, you’ll login with your email address and password.
Improving Your Memory with Lynda.com
Don’t enjoy playing games? Try the online video course “Improving Your Memory.” It’s available on lynda.com, an online learning resource that helps anyone learn software, creative, and business skills to achieve personal and professional goals.
If you have trouble remembering names, dates, passwords, or to-do lists, then “Improving Your Memory” is the course for you. You’ll learn techniques to improve your recall, including mnemonic devices, rhymes, stories, and alliteration—all taught by Paul Nowak, who teaches speed-reading and memory improvement at organizations such as NASA and Google.
To watch the complete course, click the title link below the video and sign in to the library’s lynda.com web page with your library card number and PIN.
Learn a Language with Transparent Language Online
According to an article in The Atlantic, “people who learn a second language, even in adulthood, can better avoid cognitive decline in old age.” Even trying to learn a new language can delay the onset of dementia, which is good news for those of us who struggle.
Transparent Language Online offers unlimited access to more than 95 online language courses, packed with pronunciation, speech, grammar, writing, and vocabulary-building lessons. Through interactive games and learning materials, Transparent Language Online builds all four core language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing. And it’s free with your library card!
First time users will need to create an account from inside the library. You can do this from any library computer or personal device, or you can stop by the Ask a Librarian Desk. Once you have an account, you can access Transparent Language Online from anywhere, including your mobile device.