Train the Brain

“My Brain is Experiencing Technical Difficulties.. Please Stand By”

– Anonymous

I feel like this quote perfectly encompasses my feelings while writing this post… seriously try making sudoku & Lumosity sound like cute, fun, & fresh blog material… IT’S HARD! But truth be told, I actually had so much fun delving into the world of Lumosity & other brain-busting teasers (probably a little too much fun actually) & I’m excited to share my experiences with you! I’ve also included some budget friendly brain training exercises & a fun, creative DIY brain teaser you can gift to your friends, family, or significant other! ENJOY!

Who, What, Where, When?

Lumosity was founded in 2005 by co-founders Michael Scanlon, Kunal Sarkar, & David Drescher. Scanlon became interested in neuroscience as a college student when both of his grandmothers were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease; he also acknowledged how little scientists actually knew about the brain & became aware of advancements that were never utilized or made public (specifically research in neuroplasticity).

Scanlon was able to take these findings (about how different environments affect brain structure & function) & help turn them into Lumosity!

My Experience with Lumosity

Lumosity is HARD.. either that or I really need to work on my cognitive skills. Essentially you enter your goals (mine were speed, memory, attention, flexibility, & problem solving) & Lumosity will then take you through a series of tests to assess your current skill level in order to develop an individual specific training program just for you. As you continue your training (3-5 days/week is recommended), Lumosity tracks your progress & adjusts the program based on your results!

Anyone on here registered with Lumosity? Have you completed Train of Thought?! HOLY COW my hands were sweating I was so nervous.. that is seriously one intense (yet very fun) game.. Essentially it tests your ability to make quick decisions in a fast paced environment, requiring you to always think one move ahead of the game. You’re asked to direct various colour-coordinated trains into their designated station. Sound easy? It’s not. Those trains move FAST & you’re constantly having to manipulate the “train tracks” & plan at least a couple of steps ahead! This is just one brain training game, there are more than 40 total!

If you want to register with Lumosity, click here.

Budget Friendly Ways to Train your Brain 

Working on a budget? Here are some financial-friendly options to help train your brain!

  • Sudoku
  • Crossword Puzzles
  • Chess
  • Checkers
  • Reading
  • Cryptograms
  • Mazes

Switch it up & add variety… try out a few of these!

DIY Brain Teaser Gift Idea

Okay so not to toot my own horn or anything (spoiler alert: I’m going to)… but I am a STELLAR “gift-giver”. It’s one thing that I truly pride myself on. However, I was a little stumped for my boyfriend’s birthday this year until we watched The Imitation Game, which naturally he would LOVE because his passions are solving puzzles & computers. LIGHT-BULB! Create a crossword puzzle with clues to his birthday gift/surprise! His very own “Enigma”.

This is a fun card/scavenger hunt-esque idea for anybody in your life! Plus, it will give their brain’s a little kick in the butt 😉 .

Steps: 

  1. Select words for your crossword puzzle; ones that relate to his/her gift! For example, I used words like “husky”, “snow”, “sled”, “mush” etc because I was taking him dog sledding.
  2. Use a crossword puzzle generator & enter your words. I used, Discovery Education Canada which you can find here.
  3. Once your crossword is complete, remove the word bank (we’re not just going to give the surprise away! Make them work for it!)
  4. Print it off, slip it in an envelope & have them “find” their gift! SO fun!

Brit

Lumosity Information Source: “The Lumosity Story: Meet Co-Founder Mike Scanlon” http://blog.lumosity.com/the-lumosity-story-video/

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