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Brain Games: What really works?

Earlier this year, researchers behind a study in Archives of Neurology say they had a found a link between “brain-stimulating activities” and levels of protein thought to cause Alzheimer’s disease. Showcased in the presentation are the results of two previous studies that seem to indicate an increase in cognitive processing as well. The following presentation walks the learner through a better understanding of the physical systems in the brain that are most affected by learning. Associated with each system is a glimpse of the games that were developed by educational game developers to stimulate brain activity. Towards the end of the presentation, there is a surprise twist! It turns out that there may be a more effective and even simpler way to increase cognitive processing. Can you guess what it is?

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Brain Games: What really works?

  1. 1. advancedcognitivepsychology.blogspotBRAIN GAMES
  2. 2. Brain games are a series of mental exercises designed to improve cognitive functioning.Exercise Your Brain With Brain Games
  3. 3. Brain Games area multi-milliondollar industry
  5. 5. advancedcognitivepsychology.blogspotBrain Games exercise cognitive systems
  6. 6. LogicAttention Multi-taskingMemory Speed advancedcognitivepsychology.blogspot
  7. 7. Cerebral Parietal LOGIC advancedcognitivepsychology.blogspot
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  9. 9. Cerebral Parietal Basal Ganglia Cingulate Gyrus ATTENTION advancedcognitivepsychology.blogspot
  10. 10. ATTENTION
  11. 11. Temporal Amygdala MEMORY advancedcognitivepsychology.blogspot
  12. 12. MEMORY
  13. 13. Cerebral Occipital Auditory Cortex MULTI-TASKING advancedcognitivepsychology.blogspot
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  15. 15. CorpusCallosum PROCESSING SPEED advancedcognitivepsychology.blogspot
  16. 16. PROCESSING
  17. 17. So, ummm. . . Does it really work? Results of Brain Games Studies
  18. 18. Next!
  19. 19. CONTROL GROUP Lower score means faster speed BRAIN TRAINED GROUP Pre-test IMPACTStudy,2009 Post-Test Microsoft clipart 2010 0 50 100 150 200 250 PROCESSING SPEED
  20. 20. 999897969594 Jesseliebman.com93 IMPACT Study, 2009 Brain Trained Control GroupATTENTION TRAINING RESULTS
  21. 21. MEMORY TRAINING103 extension.missouri.edu1021011009998 9796 IMPACTStudy,2009 Brain Trained Control Group
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  23. 23. PROCESSING SPEED 13% Improvement 87% No Improvement ACTIVEStudy,2002
  24. 24. REASONING talkincblog.com3 of every 4 seniors improved in reasoning ACTIVEStudy,2002
  25. 25. PHYSICAL EXERCISE VS BRAIN TRAINING Aerobic based physical exercise can better increase brain power then brain training alone! 60% 75% Brain Trained Exercise Alone Average 25% 50% 75%
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