Category Archives: Brain Exercises

Brain Teasers to Understand and Boost Your Brain

Sharpbrains recently posted a great choice of brain teasers along with explanations by Dr Michelon that allow you to understand which brain functions the teasers challenge and in which daily activities these functions are involved. An fun and interesting way to boost your brain!

How to Improve Memory

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Lifelong mental stimulation is linked to better memory in later life. What about using a computerized brain training? Does it work? Is it enough? What else can be done to maintain memory through life? A new study adds evidence to the debate. Continue reading

The Best Activity To Keep Your Brain Sharp

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

That one should be mentally active to keep the brain sharp is well-known. What activities are best to reach that purpose is not as clear. Lifelong reading, writing, playing board games, and attending classes are generally thought to be good brain stimulating activities but very few studies have looked at other activities or tried to compare them. Until now, at The Synapse Center.

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Brain Game: How is Your Sense of Direction?

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Do you easily find your way around or are you the kind of person who cannot tell left from right? Both of these spatial skills depend on the brain’s ability to compute locations, ours and those of objects around us. Here is a fun brain game to sharpen your spatial skills. You will imagine yourself in a different location and see if you can tell what is on your left or right. Continue reading

10h of Brain Training Keep You Sharp for A Year

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Computerized brain training is more powerful than crossword puzzles to optimize brain functions. A new study showed that 10h of playing a game that trains one’s thinking speed successfully improved players’ performance in many tasks, while crossword puzzles had no effect. Continue reading

Brain Game: Is Your Mind Agile?

Decision-making, planning, problem solving, flexibility, inhibition, working memory, social and emotional control, are all supported by the frontal regions of the brain (behind your forehead). These skills are forms of rather high-level thinking and for this reason are called the executive functions. How are yours? Try this brain game to figure it out! Continue reading

The Brain Can Be Trained to Hear Better

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Not being able to hear a person’s voice or follow conversations in a noisy environment  is a common problem as we age. One may think that the only solution is to invest in hearing aids. But a new study shows that by using a brain training program hearing can in fact be trained and improved. Continue reading

Brain Game: How Good is Your Attentional Focus?

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

How good are you at finding things quickly in a cluttered environment, such as on your desk, or in the fridge? Is it hard for you, sometimes, to focus on the task at hand? Here is a fun brain game to challenge your attentional focus. Continue reading

Simple Mental Activities To Preserve Your Brain

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Do you need the latest brain fitness app on your i-phone to keep your brain active? Not necessarily: Simple mental activities such as reading and writing seem powerful enough to preserve brain health. A new study shows that the frequency of such activities in late life can affect the brain’s white matter. Continue reading

Brain Games: Boost Your Verbal Skills

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Do you know where words are stored in your brain?
In the temporal lobes (in green here). If you are right-handed, your language skills will be mostly located to your left temporal lobe. If you are left-handed the lateralization is not so pronounced (note that both hemispheres work together in any cases, as they usually do).

Here is below a good exercise for neurons in your temporal lobes. Connections between words will be activated, increasing chances that these words wil be available when needed. Continue reading