Until now, there have only been two ways to weigh your own brain. You can sever the head at the base of the skull, plunge it into a bucket of water, and use the displaced water to extrapolate brain weight. The other involves a spoon and is far too... lengthy a process to explain here. Thank heavens for Big Brain Academy, then, which, through the more 'scientifi c' method of conducting simple tests, sets out to quantify your brain-power in grams.
In order to do so, it tests you in five areas - Think, Memorise, Compute, Analyse and Identify. Memorise, for example, is pretty much what you'd expect - having to remember sequences of pictures and sounds of increasing length. Analyse requires you to look at pictures and finish them off, count blocks or match sequences, while Compute is a more mathematical discipline, asking you to add, subtract, multiply and divide in various ways. Chances are you've done very similar tasks in the past - a bit like the IQ tests you get on the internet or those Careers Advice tests in school that politely inform you you're doomed to a life of wig making or repairing sewing machines.
Presented by Dr Lube, sorry, Lobe (who looks like he was stolen from a 1970s cartoon about contraception), Big Brain Academy feels much more lighthearted than Brain Training. Rather than stark and formal black-and-white arithmetic tests,
Academy is more pictorial: counting little penguins and trains, manoeuvring a dog around a box and joining dots all make it feel far more friendly and game-like.
It mightn't chart your brain age like Brain Training does (it just records the highest brain weight as if it were a high score) and it never feels quite as serious, but it's no less difficult, and no less worthwhile as a form of brain exercise.
A great, less-serious complement to Brain Training, far and away the more accessible of the two and less prone to human error and recognition niggles.