Five apps to inspire and improve the mind

01 September 2015

Expand your mind and train your brain or simply be inspired by some amazing photography with these five inspirational and challenging apps.



50 Greatest Photographs of National Geographic

The very best half-century of pictures from National Geographic magazine, with behind-the-scenes images and videos from photographers, plus details of how they got ‘that shot’. You can also see exactly where the picture was taken on maps. £2.99, iOS

Fotopedia Heritage

Recently selected as one of the top 50 apps of all time in Apple’s Hall of Fame, consider this the ultimate coffee-table ‘book’, with 30,000 awe-inspiring high-resolution photos to view from UNESCO World Heritage Sites, plus detailed descriptions. Free, iOS

Luminosity

Used by more than 50 million people the world over, this app trains your memory and attention span. Designed by neuroscientists, Luminosity’s fun games have been shown to improve cognitive abilities in research studies. Free, iOS, Android 

Wonder PL

For those quieter moments, this high-quality video app delivers a wide choice of lectures on anything from entrepreneurship to yoga or cooking classes with world-renowned chefs. The mood selection tool, eg ‘I want to…look good/eat well/be inspired’ acts as a simple filter. Free, iOS 

Personal Zen

Players follow two animated characters, one of which looks calm and friendly while the other looks angry, as they burrow through a field of rustling grass. This game reduces anxiety by training your brain to focus more on the positive and less on the negative. 

Even a single session of play can build resilience over several hours. It’s a good idea to use the app before a stressful event. Free, iO

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