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Video Games that Enhance Your Brain?!

When I was a kid I tried to be late for the dinner table explaining to Mom
that Atari’s Yar’s Revenge was making me “smarter and more alert…” She was much smarter and more alert than that…

Kids (and adults) in the 21st Century have a real excuse. Check out the on-line story Brain Teasers by Clive Thompson at Wired
about a video game called “Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a
Day” that claims to challenge, grade and strengthen your intellect.

From the Brain Age Nintendo website

What is Brain Age?

Brain Age: Train Your Brain in Minutes a Day for Nintendo DS is a fun, rewarding form of entertainment everyone can enjoy, as it helps players flex their mental muscles. Brain Age is inspired by the research of Professor Ryuta Kawashima, a prominent Japanese neuroscientist. His studies evaluated the impact of performing certain reading and mathematic exercises to help stimulate the brain.

Brain Age presents quick mental activities that help keep your DS brain in shape. Activities include quickly solving simple math problems, counting people going in and out of a house simultaneously,
drawing pictures on the Touch Screen, reading classic literature out loud, and more. You can also play sudoku, the number puzzle game which has become an extremely popular feature in U.S. newspapers.

On your first day of exercise, you will take a series of tests and get a score that determines how old your brain is. This number is called your “DS Brain Age”. By performing daily exercises just minutes
a day over weeks and months, the better you’ll get at the exercises and the lower your DS Brain Age will become.

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