Not sure about you, but the sudden explosion of information about online brain games has sure confused me, which is not all that unusual.
There are programs to buy and download and programs to buy and have sent to you and upload on your computer, and debates in the blogosphere about the validity of the research and the claims of the marketers, and it takes very careful reading to discern which terms or claims used by which marketer or blogger are really applicable to my situation.
My situation is that I am a 69 year old father of little ones and a businessman who would like to retire sooner rather than later. And I prefer not ending up in a nursing home sitting in a chair staring at Bob Barker. You know, let me keel over having se..., gardening I mean.
My wife is younger and wants a vibrant alive husband/partner, and my kids want Daddy to chase them, and I worry about what my aging is going to be like, and I have been following this particular kind of market since I was a little kid actually, when I thought that I could become super powerful by learning the stuff in the comic books, and then as a young adult, when I read "Think and Grow Rich" by Nathaniel Hill, and then I came across Michael Hutchinson's book "Megabrain" in the mid-'90's, which described some technological tools like EEG biofeedback, Open Focus, and Super Learning, which I spent time trying to master in graduate school. Should have been studying.
And then I went on to work with EEG Biofeedback and came across a game called Thinkfast, which is no longer available, at least I cannot find it, and also a game called Brain Builder, both of which you purchased to download to your own computer.
I used the Thinkfast game as a before and after test with EEG Biofeedback clients with good success. Oftentimes a client could see changes in their ability to move through the challenges after a session of alpha training for example.
However, there was a limit to how far you could go with that program, and now it is off the market.
Now there are online games, like the ones offered by Lumosity and Happy Neuron and just a plethora of programs to buy and use at home, driven by the baby boomer market. Those programs would include the ones sold by Posit Science, for example, which costs $399.00.
For my money, at this early stage of the development of the software and the market, I am going to sign-up for one of the online programs for about $10.00 per month, because I can quit if I do not like it, and I am out $10.00 rather than $399.00.
I have just signed on with Lumosity and will begin the training and reporting on my progress in my blog. If you care to take a look, here is a link. Remember, there is a two week free trial. I think this is a great intro to the brain fitness information out there. Economical, on your schedule, and a free trial.
When I was beginning my personal growth journey, a wise person told me that when I was feeling resentful or afraid or sad, that I should remember the phrase "gratitude is the attitude" when I was ready to feel better. That phrase has helped me feel better tens of thousands of times.
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