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brain games for sale

playwithyourmind.com is available for sale to the right buyer. The site comes with over 100 original brain games, mind exercises, puzzles, IQ tests and other fun ways to test your cognition. The site receives nearly 2000 unique visitors a day and could be turned into a strong and steady source of income. Please inquire at alex (at) playwithyourmind.com if interested in learning more.

MMORPG and brain fitness

There have been a lot of studies trying to link games like chess, crossword puzzles and brainteasers to improved cognitive performance (or reduced cognitive decline) but as far as I know, this is the first one that looks at how these massive multiplayer online role playing games effect a user’s brain. And not surprisingly, they found that the results were more or less the same: playing games keeps the brain fit. Here is a little excerpt from their study:

The researchers found that, as a whole, the WoW group saw a greater increase in cognitive performance than the control group, though improvements tended to vary on a person-to-person basis. Interestingly, the volunteers who saw the greatest improvements in cognitive abilities were those who had scored lowest on the initial, baseline test that had been administered two weeks prior.

In other words, explains [Jason] Allaire [of the Gains Through Gaming lab], “the people who needed it most saw the greatest improvements.”

amazing insight into the human mind

this is definitely one of the coolest stories have come across in a while. Not only is it really emotional, it also provides a rare look into the mind of someone experiencing the world in a totally different way than you and I are. it also seems to be a really great example of the power of brain training as the dedication of this family turned out what would have seemed to be an impossibility. watching this video definitely leaves me just fascinated with the human mind.

games and tips for sharpening your mind

a lot of you may have made resolutions for the new year and I hope some of those resolutions included a little love for your brain. Always remember that it is yours to sculpt and you can change or improve things if you set a strong enough intention. You literally have the capability to train your mind by making a conscious decision about the experiences, thoughts, and people that fill your life.

The good thing is, most of the time this process of brain training can be a lot of fun. Check out this post from MSN health that offers some games and tips for sharpening your mind. You see a lot of fun things like dancing, playing games, making art and hanging out with friends. For additional advice, you can also check out our own section on brain fitness tips that will give you many more suggestions as to how you can maintain and improve your cognitive abilities

exercise improves brain fitness

Of course, if you have been following this blog for the last few years you are probably well aware of the role that exercise has in keeping your mind sharp, but just in case here is a recent news piece on the subject, covering the results of a study out of Ireland which demonstrated improved cognitive abilities of those who engaged in regular exercise:

Bright Ideas for Brain Health – A brain fitness blog

This brain fitness blog has a collection of tips and games and activities to help you keep your mind sharp through cognitive exercise. Updated regularly, it provides several new tips and exercises each week. Topics include stress management, healthy diet, brain games and more.

The blog is maintained by Gary Small, M.D., an expert in brain health and aging. Small is professor of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences, the Parlow-Solomon professor on aging at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, director of the UCLA Center on Aging, and director of the Geriatric Psychiatry Division at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience & Human Behavior.

Brain Training Aids Cognition in Schizophrenia Patients

Check out this interesting article from psychiatry online about a paper presented at a recent neuroscience convention demonstrating that brain games aimed at training patients in specific mental tasks can affect multiple interacting brain systems, resulting in changes in systemic cognitive function. the study is important and that it illustrates the potential for brain training on specific tasks to generalize to more broad cognitive skills, which in many cases is not begin spring training – that it only improves users in very specific ways but does not translate to general cognition.

the study is also noteworthy with respect to the fact that it deals with schizophrenia which historically is not a disease people would think to treat with brain training, so it will be interesting to see down the road if further research is done in this area and what other applications may arise from this sort of approach.

brain training to stop depression

play with your mindA recent study indicates that it may be possible to ward off depression through the practice of brain training and the use of mind games. the researchers had subjects (Young women with depressed mothers) perform simple mental tasks designed to “rewire” their brains and unlearn negative bias they may have picked up during their upbringing. In the experiment, these girls used a neural feedback display to learn how to control neural activity in brain regions linked to depression. Here is a quote from from the article:

In his pilot study, both kinds of training significantly reduced stress-related responses – for example, increases in heart rate, blood pressure and cortisol levels – to negative stimuli. These stress responses are a key marker of depression, and they diminished one week after training. The girls in the experimental groups also developed fewer defensive responses to negative faces, such as startled blinking. Control groups showed no such improvement.

the best online mind games!

I want to take a moment to welcome all of you visitors from Google who have stumbled across this website looking for “mind games”. I’d like to think that the search engine has done its job in this case as playwithyourmind.com has nearly 100 original mind games and brain exercises available to play, for free. In addition, we are also working on a new arcade of third-party games that we have organized by the different cognitive functions they exercise. Although we are not actively developing games, we hope to continue improving the website to make it a better resource for learning about and playing with your mind

some recent articles on brain training

hey everyone I realize I haven’t been around much to maintain the site and add new content, so I just wanted to stop in for a moment to let you know that I have not totally abandoned the site. I personally won’t have a lot of time for this going forward, but I hope to find someone else to keep providing you a great resources for mind games and brain training. Speaking of that hot topic, here are a few recent articles I found on the topic of brain training which may provide you with some food for thought or perhaps even some extra incentive to keep coming back to play our games:

Training Could Rescue a Failing Sense of Smell
How meditating may help your brain
Training your brain to be happy… the key to a longer life
Retraining the Brain – All Is not Lost, Despite Aging, Injuries, or Mental Illness

15 new brain games

As I announced a month or so ago, I am starting up an arcade of mind games that are not my own. I have decided to provide this content to diversify the sorts of challenges this site can offer and also offer something to those of you who are looking for fancier graphics or more complex game play. Anyway, I have just spend a few hours working on this (and by that I mean playing a lot of games :) ) and I now have 15 games up there in 10 different categories of cognition. There’s a great game of attention and reaction speed, a 3d memory puzzle, and some neat physics-based problem solving games. Please check out this new brain fitness arcade and share it with your friends!

the latest in brain fitness

From my perspective, brain fitness is popping up everywhere and the industry seems on the brink of a popularity explosion. However, at the same time I am constantly amazed at how few people in the general public have heard of this concept. While I see articles, studies and programming everywhere I look, others don’t seem to notice it at all. I guess it all comes down to where you are looking and what you are looking for… Anyways, since I am paying attention, I figured I should share some of the things I have found in my virtual wanderings and explorations:

I have blogged about the benefits of juggling before in my section on brain fitness tips, but the article Juggle Heads article goes more into detail about just how very good it might be. It groups it with chess and dancing as great ways to engage both sides of your brain. Which is good because you never know what could happen and one day you might not have use of part of your mind and you’ll want to have strong reserves on hand!

A lot of fitness sites are now making a point of touting the (important) role of physical exercise on cognitive fitness. And post-partum depression too, apparently.

A new study “finally proves” what I already considered to be a fact: practicing regular meditation can transform not just your experience of the world, but it can also physically transform the structure of your brain.

Oh yeah, neuroplasticity has a dark side; we call it pain and neurosis. Just like positive thoughts can become entrenched through repeated use, so can the perception of pain. People can also dig themselves deep mental ruts that they cant escape and instead get stuck in a world of paranoia or obsession.

Speaking of popping up, more and more physical brain fitness / cognitive training centers seem to opening around the country. Here’s one I have not heard of called LearningRX

More to come soon!

designing the perfect brain

designing the mindOk so there probably is no such thing as the perfect brain, or at least its definition would be very subjective. But that fact aside, it is interesting to think of the brain and personality as something that can be designed. In a way, we are incredibly aware of this; when seen through the lens of parenting, it is obvious that we are taking an active role in designing a child’s personality. In other ways though, I think we are way behind the curve of science when it comes to accepting just how powerful this role can be. In the way our brains work, genetics is seeming less and less important while experience is appearing more influential by the day.

Now, if you take this idea a little further and you can start asking things like Don Tapscott asks in his article Designing Your Mind. I love this article as I have has many similar thoughts given my proclivity towards neuroplasticity and design! I’ve even thought about it a little through the principles of permaculture design and had a lively discussion with my sister about the role of cognitive sculpting in mainstream education. It seems like in time people will try to develop formulas for cultivating certain kinds of minds – peaceful, ambitious, organized, analytical etc – and try to effectively start reprogramming the populous. I wouldn’t actually mind being in control of that program, come to think of it :)

neuroplasticity and brain injury

neuroplasticty for brain injuriesOn this website I talk a lot about neuroplasticity in the context of brain fitness and brain training. I describe it often as a process which can be consciously harnessed and used to better ourselves. I sometimes also speak of an unconscious process that goes on behind the scenes in which we are constantly shaping our minds through our thoughts and experiences. However, I rarely mention the most demonstrative and well publicized role of neuroplasticity, its role in healing/recovery from brain trauma. Not long ago victims of strokes and other traumatic brain injuries were considered lost causes. But these days, it seems like there are few limits to what the brain can recover if left with enough healthy tissue and connections. Whole regions of the brain that were destroyed can be reassigned to other areas over time through the magic of neuroplasticity. These things take time and effort, but amazing recoveries are becoming more and more commonplace.

I bring this all up because I just read an article on the role of neuroplasticity in the case of Rep Gabrielle Giffords and her gunshot wound to the head. It goes through different areas that may have experienced damage and explains the prognosis for recovery in each case. Poor woman has a long road ahead of her but as the article points out she has a lot going for her.

BrainBall archives now online

Hmmm, so I am not sure when or if BrainBall will ever come back online (sad I know, but it is very time-intensive). However, for those of you missing the intellectual stimulation contained therein, I have some good news for you: the BrainBall archives are now online. At the moment, I have only archived the games from the most recent iteration (version 2), but I will be adding all the version 1 brain games in the coming weeks. Hopefully, BrainBall will come back one day – better than ever – but for now, hopefully this will keep you entertained…

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