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Brain Games!

"There is a gradual growing awareness that challenging your brain can have positive effects. Every time you challenge your brain it will actually modify the brain. We can indeed form new brain cells, despite a century of being told it is impossible."



Dr. Gene Cohen, the director of the Center for Aging, Health and Humanities at George Washington University1



Objectives:

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  • What are Brain Games?
  • Overview of mobile devices
  • Learn about the science behind games and brain activity
  • Introduction to game apps that promote brain enrichment
  • Learn about the science behind exercise and brain activity
  • Introduction to exercise apps that promote brain enrichment



Mobile Devices

There are numerous types of mobile devices ranging from cell phones to tables such as iPads. The most important thing to remember (which should be easier after this workshop!) is to know what "type" of device you have. Is your device an iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod) or an Android (Kindle Fire, Android Phone)?

Where to find Apps?
iOS Device - iTunes store
Android Device - Google Play Store
Please note: you will need an account to access the iTunes or Google Play Store


On each device, there should already be an App to access the store:

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    iTunes App Store


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    Google Play Store



Games and Brain Power!

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Do you feel as if your memory abilities have lessened as you age? Science has determined that as we get older our brains become less efficient at the processing information from the senses - not vision or hearing, but because of degenerative changes in the brain's associative cortex, which then leads to a decline in memory.2

According to Scientific American, studies by the Mayo Clinic have provided encouraging data on the benefits of gaming and memory. While many of the initial testing has been on lab rodents, the Mayo Clinic studied 487 adults ages 67 - 93. According to the study, "normal older adults who trained their brain were able to improve their auditory information processing speed by about 58%"2

Researchers at Pennsylvania State University state that brain exercises that focus on training reasoning skills do translate into long-lasting improvements in daily life.2


Consequently, as busy people, our minds are racing with duties, details, and schedules. Using Brain Games can allow your brain the time to process and think and surprisingly to relax. The Brain Games options are in game format which is relaxing as well as beneficial for memory and brain activity.

Brain Apps

There are hundreds of apps that can stimulate the brain. Below are free apps that can be downloaded onto a iOS or Android device. In many cases the identical app is available on both device types. In addition, many of the apps have a web presence in which you can access the games on a computer or using the internet access app on a mobile device (Safari for iOS, Internet Explorer on Android)

iOS

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    Brain HQ (Free) - Train your brain with BrainHQ from Posit Science—the only brain training program clinically proven to improve memory, speed, and attention. Now with new features that contribute to your brain fitness success! Can use without an account.

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    Lumosity(Free) - Train your memory and attention. Used by over 50 million people worldwide, Lumosity creates a Personalized Training Program that challenges your brain. Harvard Business Review "Designed by neuroscientists, a brain training approach such as Lumosity builds on breakthrough concepts such as neuroplasticity and fluid intelligence." You will need an account, can be created in App.



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    Fit Brain (Free) - Fit Brains is a scientifically-designed brain fitness program developed by Dr. Paul Nussbaum, one of the top clinical neuropsychologists in the U.S. with more than 50 peer reviewed publications. Dr. Nussbaum is an Adjunct Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. New York Times Review:
 "There is a gradual growing awareness that challenging your brain can have positive effects," Dr. Cohen said "Every time you challenge your brain it will actually modify the brain," he said. "We can indeed form new brain cells, despite a century of being told it is impossible."



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    Ruzzle (Free) - Ruzzle is a fun and fast-paced word game where you can challenge your friends or allow an opponent to be chosen randomly. Who can find the most words in two minutes? Find as many words as possible on a board by swiping your finger across the screen. The letters may form words as long as they are connected to each other. Nice audio and animations make it even more fun to play.

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    94 Seconds (Free) - Word game. 1 category, 1 letter, 1 word to find and score higher than your friends. A fruit with B? A sport with T? A mammal with D?


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    Sudoku2 (Free) - Sudoku is Sudoku with Point System, Runs, and Online Leaderboards. Discover the next evolution of Sudoku with amazing graphics, animations, and ease of use.



Android

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    Brain Text HD (Free) - Transform your Android into a personal coach, and turn tedious waiting time into a fun yet educational gaming session anywhere. Memory, Speed, Flexibility, Accuracy and Reaction

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    Lumosity(Free) - Android App coming soon. Bookmark to home page - Train your memory and attention. Used by over 50 million people worldwide, Lumosity creates a Personalized Training Program that challenges your brain. Harvard Business Review "Designed by neuroscientists, a brain training approach such as Lumosity builds on breakthrough concepts such as neuroplasticity and fluid intelligence."


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    Fit Brain (Free) - Fit Brains is a scientifically-designed brain fitness program developed by Dr. Paul Nussbaum, one of the top clinical neuropsychologists in the U.S. with more than 50 peer reviewed publications. Dr. Nussbaum is an Adjunct Professor of Neurological Surgery at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

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    Ruzzle (Free) - Ruzzle is a fun and fast-paced word game where you can challenge your friends or allow an opponent to be chosen randomly. Who can find the most words in two minutes? Find as many words as possible on a board by swiping your finger across the screen. The letters may form words as long as they are connected to each other. Nice audio and animations make it even more fun to play.

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    94 Seconds (Free) - Word game. 1 category, 1 letter, 1 word to find and score higher than your friends. A fruit with B? A sport with T? A mammal with D?


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    Sudoku II (Free) - Sudoku is a free logic based number placement puzzle game.



Fitness and the Brain

"Our brain is one of the most modifiable parts of our whole body. . . Physical exercise may be one of the most beneficial and cost-effective therapies widely available to everyone to elevate memory performance. These findings should motivate adults of all ages to start exercising aerobically.”"
Dr. Sandra Chapman, Founder and Chief Director



Neuroscience has repeatedly demonstrated the capacity of the brain to rewire itself through experience, known as neuroplasticity.
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In a practical sense this means that every moment of experience creates grooves in the landscape of the brain, which then affects the way we relate to the minds and bodies of ourselves and others, as well as to the environment around us. The good news is that a changeable brain is a hackable brain – in other words, by understanding some of the rules of brain function, it is possible to learn how to use its capacities more effectively in order to deliberately bring about positive change.3

Yoga has been popularized by its physical aspects, which are an integral component of the larger science of yoga. The system as a whole, which includes techniques that address many aspects of the human being, works the brain and nervous system in a synchronized and harmonious manner.3


A new study conducted by researchers at the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas published online in the open-access journal Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience found that engaging in a physical exercise regimen helps healthy aging adults improve their memory, brain health and physical fitness. This finding is significant considering that among adults 50 and older, “staying mentally sharp” outranks social security and physical health as the top priority and concern in the United States.4

Study Results

According to the Center for Brain Health:
For the study, sedentary adults ages 57-75 were randomized into a physical training or a wait-list control group. The physical training group participated in supervised aerobic exercise on a stationary bike or treadmill for one hour, three times a week for 12 weeks. Participants’ cognition, resting cerebral blood flow, and cardiovascular fitness were assessed at three time points: before beginning the physical exercise regimen, mid-way through at 6 weeks, and post-training at 12 weeks.4

“By measuring brain blood flow non-invasively using arterial spin labeling (ASL) MRI, we can now begin to detect brain changes much earlier than before,” said Sina Aslan, Ph.D., founder and president of Advance MRI and collaborator on the study. “One key region where we saw increase in brain blood flow was the anterior cingulate, indicating higher neuronal activity and metabolic rate. The anterior cingulate has been linked to superior cognition in late life.”4



Exercisers who improved their memory performance also showed greater increase in brain blood flow to the hippocampus, the key brain region affected by Alzheimer’s disease. Chapman pointed out that, using noninvasive brain imaging techniques, brain changes were identified earlier than memory improvements, implicating brain blood flow as a promising and sensitive metric of brain health gains across treatment regimens.4

The Yoga/Brain Connection

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Yoga is a scientific technology that harnesses the innate capability of the body as a vehicle for transformation. It is a technology, a human art, purposefully crafted to serve as a tool for maximizing the health and potential of the human being. Yoga has been popularized by its physical aspects, which are an integral component of the larger science of yoga. The system as a whole, which includes techniques that address many aspects of the human being, works the brain and nervous system in a synchronized and harmonious manner. The techniques are manifold, but they are based on core principles. These can be unpacked in a digestible manner using exercises that improve fitness and well-being if appropriately applied.3

Yoga starts as the process of harnessing the brain's capacities and naturally evolves into the art of living well. As negative habits, patterns and influences within ourselves and from the outside are progressively dropped in favor of more sustainable ones, yoga can become a way of life – it becomes not about what we do, but how we do things. The principles of yogic science and brain science mesh together to create a blueprint for transformation. There is tremendous power in combining a technology that has stood the test of thousands of years of human evolution with a rigorous science of the most complex and fascinating organ in the human body.3

Brain Fitness Apps

iOS

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    Daily Yoga (Free) - To burn fats, lose weight and get in shape? To calm down, get relaxed and releave stress? It all depends on your choice to be a daily yogi!


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    MOVE ($0.99) - Move is the anti-workout app. Staying healthy doesn't have to mean waking up at 5:30am and sweating your tail off. You can spread it out throughout the day.


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    Workout Trainer (Free) - Your certified personal trainers guide you through exercises with timed, step-by-step audio, photo and video instructions complete with encouragement! Whether you’re doing bodyweight workouts at home or lifting weights at the gym, Skimble’s Workout Trainer is the ultimate fitness companion. You can also choose your area of focus and use it to get a six pack, lose weight, improve your running, practice yoga, and more.

Android

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    Daily Yoga (Free) - To burn fats, lose weight and get in shape? To calm down, get relaxed and releave stress? It all depends on your choice to be a daily yogi!


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    Routinely (Free) - Routinely helps to achieve goals in developing good habits by providing daily reminders of activities and tasks. Are there things you'd like to get in the habit of doing every day or a few times a week but always forget? Routinely tracks each activity and allows a weekly schedule to be defined. The daily reminders and repetition will develop these activities into good habits and improve your life.

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    Workout Trainer (Free) - Your certified personal trainers guide you through exercises with timed, step-by-step audio, photo and video instructions complete with encouragement! Whether you’re doing bodyweight workouts at home or lifting weights at the gym, Skimble’s Workout Trainer is the ultimate fitness companion. You can also choose your area of focus and use it to get a six pack, lose weight, improve your running, practice yoga, and more.




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