Some games on the internet are wacky. Others are gross. Then you find some games that make you learn, make your brain tingle, make you squint and wonder what it was your teacher was telling you in 7th grade history class.
Happy Neuron is a site that hosts games of the latter type - brain games specifically made to help stimulate your mind while building your attention span and generally helping make you quicker in the wit department. Now, it may cost to be a member of the site, but the games are cool and each membership comes with a seven day free trial, so there's no risk - just make sure you cancel in that seven days if you don't want to pay for the service.
Happy Neuron markets itself as a fitness program for your brain. They boast a scientific team which works with research institutes to study the various programs and tests, games and such offered by the site. They also assert that factors beyond the use of Happy-neuron.com such as a healthy diet, physical activity, social interaction, and mental stimuli will assist in keeping the user's brain active and sharp.
The testing and research done for the games on this site was performed in France, of all places, based on a game playing history of over 400 games per test "patient." Average results came out to:
- An overall improvement of 16%
- A 14% improvement in memory skills
- A HUGE 20% improvement in language skills
Happy Neuron provides its subscribers with a personal Brain Coach, and this coach develops a specific program just for you! So, for $9.95 a month or $99.95 a year, go try out this neat site, and get smarter, dummy!
Games Available to Non-Members
Happy Neuron has games suited for everyone. There are even free games listed on each page, amounting to one free game per section.
- An American in Paris - This is a memory game, and is free to play. This game tours you through the "eight greatest cities in the world" and challenges you to memorize the name and location on a grid of various monuments.
- Secret Files - This word game focuses on your attention, as well as pattern reasoning. Words on little file folders fall down the screen and you must file them in the proper drawer - without knowing what drawer is for what topic!
- Split Words - Combine the separate syllables to form as many words as you can before time runs out in this language game.
- The Towers of Hanoi - You must rebuild this tower with executive logic, using strategic moves and planning.
- Entangled Objects - In this game testing your visual and spatial skill, three objects are shown to you and you must identify each of them as they are tangled together.
Uriel from Lebanon on March 10, 2009:
sorry typo.. HAVE
Uriel from Lebanon on March 08, 2009:
I for sure not to train this wacky brain of mine lol...gonna go check the site asap :D
Patty Inglish MS from USA and Asgardia, the First Space Nation on April 29, 2008:
Great Hub. Brain exercises work very well indeed. :)
Lester Jordan on April 04, 2008:
If you want some stimulating and enjoyable Brain Training, please try our website - membership is free
RFox on March 30, 2008:
I definitely need these games! I'm an absent minded, inattentive dreamer. Of course if I signed up I would forget to cancel in 7 days, so I'll have to decide if I want permanent membership or not. Lol.
Tony Sky from London UK on March 29, 2008:
Will check them out!!
I love all brain games and strategy games so much more and more these days and they are so more beneficial than running around rooms shooting at anything that moves!!.... If the kids start playing these brain games too much, us adults will need to play them more too, other wise the kids of tommorow will end up being more intelligent than us!! we can't have that can we! lol
elisabeth reid from Colorado on March 28, 2008:
I'm gonna go and check this place out .... imagine if I could find a game that would actually *benefit* my children instead of...well...
Heh...wouldn't that just spoil allllllll their fun?
Only if I tell 'em.
I can keep a secret.
Bonnie Ramsey from United States on March 28, 2008:
Great hub! There are a couple of games that sound a lot like the types I love to play (when I have time to play LOL) I like the challenge type games like mahjong garden, phlinx, tumble bees, which is a word game and all these are on Pogo. I have a membership there but never have time to go anymore :( I'll make a note of this site and check it out when I get a chance! Thanks for the info!
Zsuzsy Bee from Ontario/Canada on March 28, 2008:
Charlotte! I will go and check out the site. Just what I really needed another place to loose myself in...
Thanks, great hub regards Zsuzsy
Susan Keeping from Kitchener, Ontario on March 28, 2008:
Very good hub. I have played here and actually got a membership, but I haven't visited in a month, thanks for the reminder :)