Your brain workout can consist of any number of activities, couldn't it?
Walking, dancing, running, cycling, weight lifting, yoga, tai chi, chi gong, NY Times Crossword, finding your glasses, weight lifting, and also the brand new kinds of brain fitness software programs that exercise things like fluid intelligence and working memory.
Maybe you did not know you had those "muscles" in your brain.
You do, and modern day science is teaching us that we can do brain workouts.
Just as you train your bicep with weights or your balance on a balance bar, you can now train the neurons involved in various neuronal circuits with computer programs, which enhances neurogenesis and neuroplasticity, abilities of the human brain which were not known or understood just a few years ago the way they are known or understood today.
Brain Workouts I Have Used
I became curious about the brain workout tools I was seeing late last year, and decided to try out some of them, based on my trust of their presentation.
The marketing of the brain workout programs is a blurring of the line between marketing and research as the creators of the programs in the case of Michael Merzenich Ph.D. for example, are also selling the product.
If there is a profit motive involved, the science and certainly the reporting of the science can be slanted to make money.
But I read some books, one called "The Brain That Changes Itself" by Norman Doidge, MD and another by Sharon Begley which indicated that there was real fire behind the smoke.
So I decided to try the Posit Science Brain Fitness Program, and I have had a very pleasant experience with it.
I have also tried the Lumosity program, and Mind Sparke Brain Fitness Pro, and Brain Builder by Advanced Brain Technologies.
I have not done puzzles or sudoku or cross words because I do suspect that those tools exercise neurons quite the way I want mine exercised.
Brain Workout at Brainfit for Life
As I continued my search for brain work out information, I discovered a number or resources, and the combination of them helped me to have more confidence in the sum total of what I was reading.
Brainfit for Life, by Simon Evans, Ph.D. and Paul Burghardt,Ph.D., neuroscientists from the University of Michigan, really helped me to feel more comfortable about what the marketers were saying, and I encourage you to study their work.
If you want Brainfit for Life go here.
Evans and Burghardt write with a wry sense of humor for the layperson about the pillars of brain fitness, one of which is exercise, perhaps the most important of all the pillars.
Physical exercise can be as unsophisticated or sophisticated as you want, so long as you do it.
Posit Science Brain Fitness program-New Research
The Posit Science folks have just released information about new research not yet published, which indicates that using their program makes some serious differences in brain function for senior citizens, in memory and attention, and this research was not done by them apparently. I use and enjoy the Posit Science tool, and I invite you to check it out below.
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