Train your brain with BrainHQ from Posit Science—the most rigorous program available for better brain health, and the only one backed by more than 100 scientific papers showing benefits - including the breakthrough NIH-funded ACTIVE study. Now with new features that contribute to your brain fitness success!

BrainHQ represents the culmination of 30 years of research in neuroscience and brain health. Top scientists from around the world helped to develop and test the BrainHQ exercises. The result: a training system that comprehensively improves brain performance, from the most basic elements of perception through the most complex elements of memory, attention, and cognitive function.

No other brain fitness program can match BrainHQ in scientific proof. More than 100 publications from independent, randomized controlled trials have shown that the exercises and assessments in BrainHQ drive real change. These changes include:
• cognitive improvements, such as better memory and faster processing speed
• real-world improvements, including safer driving and improved quality of life
• physical brain changes, like healthier white matter and more coordinated neurons.

All of this means that BrainHQ works—in laboratory studies, and in the lives of everyday people:

•"BrainHQ is a no-brainer must-have in my book…This training has expanded my visual, fine-tuned my audio and even my reflexes seem to be getting faster. BrainHQ is fun and gives me the challenges I need to keep my brain working out on a daily basis." - C. MacDonald

•"Only a few months into the BrainHQ exercises the difference is clear, this isn’t left to speculation, I saw drastic improvements…and my family has noticed a strong improvement." - A. Amitrano

And leading publications agree: “Our testers concluded that Posit's product—one of the few so far to undergo clinical trials and peer-reviewed research—had the firmest scientific grounding.” - Wall Street Journal

The BrainHQ app helps you set and achieve your brain training goals—so it not only works, it works for you.

Each exercise adapts to your performance and gets more challenging as your performance improves, just like a personal trainer for your brain.

The training is designed to fit into your life: train for just 5 minutes in your spare time, or do a complete workout in an hour.

BrainHQ is a free download, and includes a free exercise every day. 
For full access, we offer the following recurring subscription options:

1 month: $13.99

1 year: $94.99

These prices are for United States customers. Pricing in other countries may vary and actual charges may be converted to your local currency depending on your country or residence.

Monthly subscription are billed once per month, and an annual subscriptions are billed once per year. Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. Account will be charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period, and identify the cost of the renewal. Payment will be charged to iTunes Account at confirmation of purchase. Subscriptions may be managed by the user and auto-renewal may be turned off by going to the user's Account Settings after purchase. Any unused portion of a free trial period, if offered, will be forfeited when the user purchases a subscription to that publication, where applicable.

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What’s New

Version 7.13

In the 7.13 release, we've made several changes that help to align the BrainHQ experience on your phone, tablet, and computer--so you can seamlessly move between them.
- iOS now has the most recent onboarding process to help new users get started with the app.
- The progress meters are now synced with the web, so you can keep track of your performance across platforms.
- The dashboard has been updated with a new look and clearer instructions.
- You can now have more than one account on a phone, just as you can on the iPad.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
19K Ratings

19K Ratings

Trailblazer One ,


I’ve been diagnosed with MCI, Mild Cognitive Empowerment, and through a program at Emory called Cognitive Empowerment Program which is like no other program for MCI in the nation, I was introduced to Brain HQ. Apparently Emory did a study and determined that this was an effective program and could be beneficial for those with MCI. The program starts out slow and then picks up speed. One looks at two different cars and a highway sign. These items are flashed on the screen and then you select which car and the location of the sign. Sound easy, nope, not for someone with MCI. One is being challenged with peripheral vision, short term memory going to long term memory. There are so many other different exercises which are so very challenging to memory. Items such as several sea birds, one of which has a slightly different wing and after seeing all the birds briefly and then attempt to remember the location of that bird which was among all the others.. Very tough to do. It’s taken me a while typing this as I struggle to find the right words. I still have very limited driving privileges and I’ve noticed I’m more aware of objects in my peripheral vision. Brain HQ in my opinion helps me to be more aware of my surroundings but as good as the program is, it will never cure MCI but it will help me to be more aware which hopefully will help me to more independent.

Peg 69 ,

Amazing program but I find it punitive

When you get something right, it advances. When you get something wrong it takes more points away than when you get something right. Twice I have complained to them that right and wrong answers should be weighted the same. They say they will pass the comment on to the developers. This is why i think it is punitive. They are very creative at changing things so it remains challenging and when I am having trouble with an exercise they slow things down until i can get it. That I appreciate. One new exercise was impossible for me and I called them and they explained that the difference was in the tail feathers of the bird I was to identify from a similar group if birds. This was not apparent to me until they pointed it out. Still difficult to spot but now I had a chance. I have to say they are very responsive to any call or email for help. The exercises are interesting.

Developer Response ,

BrainHQ is not a test but a training program. As a result, whenever you make a mistake we move you back to a place where we expect you will be able to easily do the exercise. If you can do the exercise at that easier level we incrementally make the exercise harder pushing you to improve through positive reinforcement. Training your brain by getting more correct answers than incorrect answers is a core principle of driving positive neuroplastic change in the brain.

Brooklyn99Boy ,

Negative 1 Star

If you have version 6 of brain HQ I do not recommend upgrading to version 7. I was a paid subscriber and unfortunately I upgraded my version of the Brain HQ app via the app store for their so called bug fixes. I am now with version 7, unable to downgrade, and unable to access the original better versions of Audiory Ace, Card Shark and other games. It’s been now over a month I’ve submitted multiple tickets to the team and never have been given a response as to how to fix this. I’ve also noticed that when you go to select a game the developers now added a completely useless / unproductive 2 to 3 second animation. I’ve also noticed that after you complete a level the developers added a significantly longer animation that shows your result. This all causes more time on the app with less levels being played. I’ve also noticed that when setting a weekly goal the new maximum is 3 times lower than then previous. So I am assuming the developers don’t want you to have high goals. The developers have also gotten rid of the Brain HQ widget that helps to track your progress. This app is now becoming annoying frustrating and unproductive and defeating its own purpose. Version 6 of Brain HQ was a good app with no bugs. Now version 7 is behaving like a -1 star app. Since these issues haven't gotten resolved I’ve received a refund for the rest of my subscription but would rather just have version 6 back.

Developer Response ,

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As a subscriber, you may access all BrainHQ exercises by logging into your account on the website, or on the iOS or Android apps.

App Privacy

The developer, Posit Science, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Contact Info
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More


  • Family Sharing

    With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.

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