Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Exercise the mind to keep a fit brain

Limber brain keeps seniors sharp Reuters via Yahoo!news 12/19/06 "He said one of the study's surprises was that the impact of formal training in memory, reasoning and speed of thinking could still be traced five years later in a group of people who's average age was 73 when the research began. And since the training lasted only 10 to 18 hours in all, "imagine if you could do something like Sudoko where people practice these skills every day,"... Sherry Willis of Pennsylvania State University, lead author of the study, said "Older adults really can continue to exercise mentally and to improve their cognitive abilities ... It's just like physical exercise ... Always challenge oneself. Don't do the same activity over and over in a routinized manner."

One answer is found here. Brain Age game on the little Nintendo DS "Brain Age is inspired by the research of Professor Ryuta Kawashima, a prominent Japanese neuroscientist. His studies evaluated the impact of performing certain reading and mathematic exercises to help stimulate the brain. Brain Age presents quick mental activities that help keep your DS brain in shape. Activities include quickly solving simple math problems, counting people going in and out of a house simultaneously, drawing pictures on the Touch Screen, reading classic literature out loud" and so on. I heard this in a story on NPR and got it. Now I just need a game that helps me remember to play a game that helps me to work out my brain...

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