Monthly Archives: August 2012

Brain Fitness Blog, Day 23

Brain Fitness Blog, Day 23, August 30, 2012 “High or Low” reached a pretty high score (4614) today, through a few pitch changes and rated as difficult as I have had before. I get a better score if I am … Continue reading

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Optimism Rewires Our Brain

This link is to a review of “Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain” by the psychologist and neuroscientist Elaine Fox. The review (by Deborah Kotz) is short and the information is good. She makes “Rainy Brain, Sunny Brain” a promising read. And … Continue reading

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Our Brains Are Plastic

“Our brains are plastic. Every experience alters our brain’s organization on some level.” The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness Neuroscience is no longer just for scientists. It’s for anyone at any age that wants to stay engaged and have meaningful … Continue reading

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Brain Fitness Blog, Day 22

Day 22, August 29, 2012 “High or Low” started getting noticeably hard today. It wasn’t so hard as to be an unpleasant exercise. I know it’s harder because I got a few more wrong and not because I wasn’t paying … Continue reading

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Day 21, Brain Fitness blog

Day 21, August 27, 2012 “High or Low” was more interesting today because I played it much faster. As soon as one score was made, I clicked “Start” sooner. I think this made me more alert. Today I scored 3426 … Continue reading

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Brain Fitness, Day 20

Day 20 August 24, 2012 “High or Low” was completely different today, launching an evaluative game to compare and measure performance so far. “High or Low” has never been very hard, so I was interested to see if any improvement … Continue reading

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New Brain Training

I just found two more brain training programs for you to check out. I have not tried them, so I am not making any recommendations. I just want to add to the list of options. (I won’t be adding any … Continue reading

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Life honors purposeful living

The National Institute of Aging’s Dr. Robert Butler found that older people who could articulate their sense of purpose lived 8 years longer than those who can’t. In Okinawa, the word “Ikigai” means “the reason for which I wake up … Continue reading

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Brain Fitness, Day 19

Brain Fitness Blog, Day 19, August 23, 2012 High or Low” opened with a continuation of the previous high and low sounds, but they were much harder today. I advanced through two more levels of difficulty without stress. Points today … Continue reading

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Brain Gamers Wanted

AARP is asking for folks to try out some brain games. The link may dry up soon, as the deadline is Wednesday, August 23. Just in case you can get involved, click the story link.

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Brain Fitness Blog, Day 18

Day 18, August 22, 2012 “High or Low” kicked off another day of brain training. I noticed that I went through 3 levels, with each level not only using shorter tones with less time between them, they seem to also … Continue reading

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Brain Fitness Blog, Day 17

Day 17, August 21, 2012 “High or Low” was, again, a very good session. It gets me on board attention-wise without stress. I particularly feel good when I see the occasional rewards of animal pictures: up-close reptiles, wild cats, apes, … Continue reading

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Brain Fitness Blog, Day 16

Day 16, August 17, 2012 Today was not an exciting day on the Brain Fitness Blog front. There, I said it. “High or Low” continued with the new sound pattern. It’s still not very hard and I wondered where it … Continue reading

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Heat, Stress and Living to 100

I don’t now about you, but the heat seems to be producing more stress. And when the heat seems unrelenting, the stress builds and we can feel so stressed that we are less able to connect our thoughts, complete tasks, … Continue reading

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Brain Fitness Blog, Day 15

Day 15, August 16, 2012 Today, the program started with “High or Low” again, but with a much easier assignment, indicating if the sound was high or now, not if it was sliding up or down. The points for identifying … Continue reading

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Brain Fitness Blog, Day 14

Day 14, Brain Fitness Blog, August 15, 2012 “High or Low” got tougher today. So, I tried a new strategy: smiling at each animal picture (reward) I earned. To further impress my brain with its engaged response, I tried to … Continue reading

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Brain Training Resources

Recently, I did quite a bit of research to find interesting blogs, reviews and digests about brain training and brain fitness with an emphasis on improving the mental resources we have. I have been blogging about a particular favorite that … Continue reading

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A Sculpted Brain Guarantees a Healthy Future

Imagine a world in which the activities we engage in make us dumber. Perhaps you have seen the social commentary cum comedy called “Idiocracy.” And if you look around, you know it is coming true now; people just aren’t as … Continue reading

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Brain Fitness Blog, Day 13

Day 13, August 14, 2012 “High or Low” started the Brain Fitness program again today. It felt at one point that the sounds were coming much faster and closer to each other. At another point I felt some brain overload, … Continue reading

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Brain Fitness Blog, Day 12

Day 12. August 13, 2012 Thanks again, dear Reader, for watching my brain progress. I had some real-time progress to report that happened on the 15th and I will share that on the post for the 15th. Back to day … Continue reading

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Brain Fitness, Day 11

Posit Science, Brain Fitness program “High or Low” went very well today. I like this exercise so much. It reminds me of some training I had in grade school when I was being tutored for a lisp. I had to … Continue reading

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Brain Fitness, Day 10

  “For High or Low,” I scored another new high, 3650. The 40-second millisweeps became harder by 1 step. The 35-second millisweeps by 2 steps and the 30-second millisweeps by 7 steps. “Tell Us Apart” continued with “sah” vs. “stah.” … Continue reading

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Brain Fitness, Day 9

“High or Low”: Today’s goal is to “lower the gap between sounds by 17 milliseconds.” Today’s session of “High or Low” was much harder, and instead of speeding up to get as many points as possible (like I did yesterday) … Continue reading

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Brain Fitness, Day 8

Day 8, August 6, 2012 Today began with a video explanation about exercise difficulty. That is what the program was designed to create. It was almost on cue. I had been noticing a lack of progress! According to the video, … Continue reading

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Brain Fitness, Day 7

Day 7, August 2, 2012 “High or Low” went easy again today. I noticed that at one point, I had been enjoying such a long winning streak that the points per “hand” were way up. My score today was 3337, … Continue reading

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Brain Fitness, Day 6

Day 6 August 1, 2012 Today I went on to finish yesterday’s abbreviated session, so it was only 45 minutes. The session started with “Tell Us Apart,” the game that has you listen to sounds that sound similar, but are … Continue reading

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Brain Fitness, Day 5

Day 5 was an abbreviated session, as other issues pressed me for attention. But I did not dare break the trend, doing no brain training at all. I got in one fifteen-minute session of High or Low and did quite … Continue reading

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Brain Fitness, Day 4

Day 4 of Posit Science Brain Fitness training took place on July 30th. (I skipped Saturday and Sunday.) Today’s session was one hour, with four exercises of 15 minutes each. High or Low, Tell Us Apart, Match It and a … Continue reading

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Brain Fitness, Day 3

Third Day, Second Exercise session Today the program began with asking me what kind of visual rewards I wanted to choose when I progress. I gather that these visual rewards are for two purposes. The first is to give the … Continue reading

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