Tag Archives: brain-games

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!

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

Learn How to Max Your Memory

Do you sometimes forget names? Are you in search of ways to improve your brain performance? Join Dr. Pascale Michelon, director of the Memory Practice, adjunct faculty at Washington University, and author of Max Your Memory for an informative and stimulating event. Hear about the latest research facts and techniques that can help you clear the brain fog and sharpen your memory. 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

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

Brain Game: Boost Your Concentration

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Staying focused is not easy. Many things can be distracting, coming either from the outside (e.g., sounds from the radio, email, people talking) or from the inside (thoughts or feelings). As we age, the ability to focus attention and the ability to ignore distractions decline. These abilities are supported by networks of neurons in the frontal lobes (in red here) and parietal lobes (in yellow) of the brain. One way to promote the good functioning of these neurons is to keep using them and stimulate their connections. Here is an exercise that will help you do so. Continue reading

Brain Games: Boost Your Memory

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

How could I possibly forget this? Why is it so hard to remember some things and not others? Memory is a complex cognitive ability. Hundred years of research have not yet completely uncovered how it works. However, we now know that there is not one single memory system in the brain. It is possible for instance to dissociate between short-term and long-term memory (click here to learn more). We also know that memory can be trained and improved at all ages. It takes effort but it is possible. The key is to…use and stimulate your memory systems!

Here are 2 exercises to stimulate your long-term memory. Performing these exercises will engage neurons mostly in the temporal lobes (in green here) and frontal lobes (in red) of your brain.

Click here for more memory games. Continue reading

Habits to Lower Alzheimer’s Disease Risks

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

This Huffington Post article provides a good summary of recent research findings pointing to habits one may want follow to lower risks of developing Alzheimer’s Disease. These habits include a mix of activities that keep your body moving (such as walking) and your brain working (such as puzzles and brain games). An interesting point made in the article is that there is no quick and easy way to keep the brain fit. Brain exercise has to be regular and varied. Continue reading

Brain Game: An Unexpected Challenge

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Can you find differences between these two images (see below)? You have seen and maybe tried that game in the Sunday paper many times. You may like it or not or think it is too easy for you, but in fact it is a very good brain exercise. Continue reading

Brain Training Helps Seniors Embrace New Ideas and Challenges

By: Dr. Pascale Michelon

Intellectually engaging activities such as reading, crossword puzzles and the like are good for the brain. They both help maintain brain functions and contribute to building brain reserve, making the brain more resistant to pathology. A recent study shows that stimulating activities combined with cognitive training may also enhance openness in older adults, the ability to embrace new ideas and challenges.  Continue reading