AARP just released a very interesting brain health research study based on 1,200 online interviews conducted in August 2014. Key findings include:
- Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is important to all consumers (99% find it at least somewhat important). Brain health is the second most important component in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, after heart health (37% find brain health most important while 51% find heart health most important). Younger consumers Read the rest of this entry »
Brain teaser: Please consider Linda, a 31-year-old woman, single and bright. When she was a student, in high school and in college too, she was deeply involved in social justice issues, and also participated in environmental protests. Which is more probable about Linda’s occupation today? Read the rest of this entry »
Mind games that can sharpen the brain (Miami Herald):
“A great resource for finding “mind games,” or what’s popularly know as “brain training,” is the website of SharpBrains, a company that tracks health and wellness applications of brain science. Its founder and CEO, Alvaro Fernandez, writes in his blog that, “Anything we do involving novelty, variety and challenge stimulates the brain and can contribute to building capacity and brain reserve.”
Fernandez advises choosing a game “that exercises a core brain-based capacity … that is relevant to real-life outcomes.” For example, in his list of the “ Top 50 Brain Teasers and Games” that his readers have enjoyed the most Read the rest of this entry »
Mind Games? Gyms For The Brain Available Online (Investor’s Business Daily):
- “If your New Year’s resolution is exercise — exercise your brain, that is — then cyberspace might be just the place for you… Read the rest of this entry »
We just selected and categorized the Top 50 Brain Teasers and Games that SharpBrains readers have been enjoying the most.
Here are a few samples…
Fun experiments on how our brains work
1. You think you know the colors? Try the Stroop Test
3. Take the Senses Challenge (Interactive)
Attention and memory
7. Count the Fs in this sentence
9. Proud of your visual memory? Give a try at “Picasso” (Interactive)
10. Is your attention better than a chimp’s? (Interactive)
–> For more, visit these Top 50 Brain Teasers and Games and test your perceptual and cognitive abilities…
By: Dr. Pascale Michelon
Are you familiar with mental rotation? It refers to moving things around in your head. It is one of the numerous visuospatial skills that we all have.
Let’s take an example. Can you picture in your head an arrow pointing to the right? Now, turn this arrow so it points to the left. Done? You have just performed a mental rotation. Although it is rare to consciously imagine objects moving, people automatically use this ability when they read maps, use tools, play chess, arrange furniture, drive in traffic, etc.
Mental rotation relies mostly on the parietal areas of your brain (yellow section in the brain image above).
Here is a brain exercise to stimulate your mental rotation skills.
- The top shape is your model.
- Among the 3 shapes below the model, only one matches the model. To figure out which one does you will probably have to move the shapes around in your head.
- Move the shapes from left to right or right to left but DO NOT FLIP them around.
To see the correct answers click here: Read the rest of this entry »