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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!

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.

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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