Strong Mind Puzzles 4+

Designs For Strong Minds

Donalee Markus

Designed for iPad

    • 3.6 • 8 Ratings
    • $29.99
    • Offers In-App Purchases



Strong Mind Puzzles update provides progressively difficult variations. This encourages deliberate rehearsal and enhances learning.
The rules, graphics, number of icons, and abstract images become more complex.

Individuals must use the voice in their head to match the goal and complete the game.

The voice in our head (internal dialogue) builds executive skills because it helps:
* reduce impulsivity
* contributes to planning behavior
* encourages introspection and reflection
* provides a system to generate alternatives

This updates include all previous Strong Mind Puzzle Variations. The user is able to control their starting point and progression. The user has the flexibility of moving between games to individualize their learning experience.

Strong Mind Puzzles is a game designed to challenge your brain. In her 35 years of cognitive restructuring practice, Dr. Markus created a series of paper-and-pencil puzzles to explore new ways to challenge the brain and rehearse cognitive abilities. To reach beyond her clinical practice, these puzzles were converted to a mobile format which provide numerous, varied opportunities for learning.

Effective problem-solving and decision-making is based, at least in part, on the number of variables a problem solver or decision maker is capable of evaluating.

With deliberate rehearsal, individuals can learn to increase the number of variables that they use to make a decision.

-- Why Finding Mistakes Develops Critical Thinking Behaviors

Strong Mind Puzzles can help reduce mistakes. Think about what happens when you make a mistake. You become emotionally attached to the mistake. As a result, this emotional investment makes it difficult to examine results objectively. Such reasoning helps explain why we are better at catching other people's mistakes than our own errors.

These puzzles give you practice in identifying and learning to anticipate errors. When you are comparing and contrasting images you search for mistakes. With practice, this develops an error-detection reflex.

What’s New

Version 4.4

Bug fix - title for an element

Ratings and Reviews

3.6 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

Supersillywill ,

Liking the revamped version!

Thanks for the revamp! This app has definitely helped on my recovery from a mTBI. Some critique of this latest version:
1) what happened to the saved progress? The quick “Play Now” button helped users start off where they last finished.
2) I cannot utilize the Expert level at all as some of the color differences are so subtle that the color-blind amongst us (yes that’s me) deeply struggle to discern the shapes’ colors. I particularly am red-green color-blind and find the yellow/green, pink/purple, and green/red impossible to sort out despite applying different backgrounds and adjusting lighting. PLEASE put in an option to change shape color schemes!

Striving to heal ,

Icons way too small on advanced levels.

I just recently bought this app, as it was recommended by the creator to help with my mild TBI. On the advanced and expert levels (the creator advised me to start on the advanced level) with 48 shapes per page, the icons are SOOOO tiny on a majority of the choices. For ten levels and 480 shapes, I find myself having to individually open up hundreds of the icons to read the description in order to verify which rules apply. This becomes incredibly and unnecessarily time consuming, as well as exhausting. As I already struggle with intense fatigue, this becomes clearly detrimental rather than beneficial.

As recommended by the creator, I bought the biggest iPad I could afford, which they assured me would be an appropriate size. (The next size up would have cost over $1000.) Even worse, if you miss even one icon choice out of the 48, you have to reopen every icon again to reread the description in order to discern which one you may have inadvertently missed.

I’ve done multitudes of these exercises on paper, as part of my therapy. Those go extremely quickly, as I’ve never found this exercise to be difficult. This becomes incredibly frustrating and I hate both how much time it takes and how much effort and energy must be expended in order to complete. I wish I’d never bought this app, for this reason.

Discreetfire ,

Good concept

I think it would be helpful to keep track of your progress instead of resetting every time. That way you can see if you are improving. Also, it seems it presents the correct solution too often and for the entire level. Maybe that's on purpose?

App Privacy

The developer, Donalee Markus, 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 Not Collected

The developer does not collect any data from this app.

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

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