Review of's Online Brain Training Program

Are These Online Brain Training Exercises Worth a Monthly Membership Fee? Mark Stibich

Though it is generally believed that our intelligence is predetermined by factors like genetics, it has been shown that we all can improve certain cognitive functions like memory with what is called "brain training." As a result, mental fitness and brain training have been increasingly popular -- particularly with online resources and mobile apps. claims to be the "world's first and best mental gymnasium." The site has loads of tests, puzzles, games, and challenges to hone your brain.

It talks a big game, but does MyBrainTrainer live up to the hype?

An Overview of offers one of the most comprehensive programs of brain training on the web, but it comes at a cost. For a fee (around $3/month or less, depending on the membership package you choose), you can access all of the resources on There is a 21-day program to get you started. In addition to their free "Brain Age" and "Brain Power" tests, offers a series of highly interactive mental exercises based on what are known as Elementary Cognitive Tasks (ECTs). researchers have shown that ECTs can actually improve your brain processing speed.

So can's exercises actually improve your mental fitness?

Well, research in that area is still pretty new, but the rule of thumb is "use it or lose it" when it comes to your brain's abilities. This may be one way to "use it".

According to the site's main developer, Josh Reynolds, the brain speed training exercises on increase blood flow to the brain and with it the delivery of vital nutrients like oxygen and critical amino acids, which results in "more neurons, more neural connections, and increased brain processing speed."

The Pros and Cons of MyBrainTrainer Tools

Though was one of the first, it is no longer the only online brain training tool, so let's look at the pros and cons of the program.


  • Structured training for mental fitness
  • Wide range of programs and options
  • Easy to use


  • Requires membership and membership fees
  • Unclear about the research behind the site
  • Benefits of "brain training" largely unknown

Expert Review of MyBrainTrainer

There is very little information about the research and company behind, except that its main developer is Josh Reynolds, the author of 20/20 Brain Power. I had trouble finding out if researchers worked on the site, or just game developers. This is a common problem throughout the "mental fitness" industry. The fact is that the research just isn't there to support some of the claims made. With any ofthese game-based systems, the more you play, the better you'll score (just from practice alone). But do those improvements equal better brain health?

It's difficult to say.

That said, has lots of options with a wide range of training programs. Here a quick overview:

  • BrainMaster Challenge: This is the test to figure out your overall "brain power."
  • BrainBoard: A forum for members to chat and exchange tips, etc.
  • 21-Day Basic Training: A three-week program to get you started on training your brain in mental fitness

That's just the basic overview; there are a lot of other features and areas on the website available to paying members.

The Bottom Line

Overall, the site is easy to use and offers the ability to tailor your "training" to things such as executive decision making and physical performance. But there is no proof that the program actually delivers on its promise of enhanced cognitive function.

If you are looking to try out an online "brain gym," this might be a good place to start if you are willing to cough up a few dollars for an initial membership. Otherwise, I would recommend starting with one of the many newer, free options.

To learn more about other mental fitness games and websites, be sure to check out our article, Top 10 Ways To Improve Your Brain Fitness.

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