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Brain Age

I’ve been playing with Brain Age for the DS Lite. It’s an educational game that’s designed to be played a little each day “Each session includes such brain-training activities as high-speed reading, drawing from memory, fast math problems, and Stroop tests.”

I started off with a “Brain Age” of 46 which isn’t too bad, and have gotten it down a low of 38 in the couple days I’ve played it. So far I’m much better at the mathematics and the stroop tests that I am at the memorizing words. I’m very curious to see my progress over time by. Almost can’t wait to unlock the rest of the daily tests! I have learned not to play at 1 AM when you’re feeling sleepy – My “Age” jumped above 50 quickly!

This is also my first time playing Sodoku – which I’m surprisingly liking a lot and am not so bad at. One you figure out the three or four techniques for devising the proper number – it is quite fun.

A bit more on Brain Age…
“During each session the player may take the Brain Age test, in which there are 3 randomly picked tests. At the end of the tests, Kawashima gives the player a score, called a “brain age”, a number at least 20 (the ideal score), that tells the performance of the mind (a brain age of 37 would be approximately equivalent to a 37-year-old mind). Ideally, the brain age should be lower than the real age, or approach 20. The game tracks the progress of up to four users. To assist the user in lowering his/her “brain age”, he/she can take training exercises which include:”

Getting the Most out of Your Prefrontal Cortex
The prefrontal cortex is like the control tower of your brain-it determines how you use stored knowledge in practical situations. That means that your “practical intelligence,” or ability to apply stored knowledge to your everyday reality, depends upon how well your prefrontal cortex functions. – source

Official Brain Age site | Wikipedia on Brain Age