Brain Games

New websites like Luminosity and Superbetter have created a series of fun games to build personal resilience and improve cognitive function.

Give them a try!  I would love to hear what you all think of them.

From grounds all of its brain exercises in extensive research and cutting-edge science from around the world. Under the guidance of our Scientific Advisory Board — which includes researchers from such institutions as UCSF and Stanford — our neuroscientists design our training programs to produce noticeable cognitive benefits. Using novel, engaging and constantly adapting challenges, our exercises strategically target brain areas such as memoryattention and processing speed.

Here’s the science behind


SuperBetter is a tool created by game designers and backed by science to help build personal resilience: the ability to stay strong, motivated and optimistic even in the face of difficulty challenges. Resilience has a powerful effect on health — by boosting physical and emotional well-being. Resilience also helps you achieve your life goals — by strengthening your social support and increasing your stamina, willpower and focus. Every aspect of the game is designed to harness the power of positive emotions and social connection for live, feel, and act better.

SuperBetter was created with guidance from doctors, psychologists, scientists, and medical researchers. (Our advisors and collaborators include MDs and PhDs at Stanford, UC Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, and Ohio State University Medical Research Center.)