2/11/2010 – Brain Games
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This week i thought I would focus on something typically thought of as “children’s games” which are being developed in new directions with uses beyond entertainment.
You may have seen games like Big Brain Academy or Brain Age for the Nintendo DS. These are simple brain teasing puzzle games which are very entertaining when you’re stuck someplace with nothing to do (maybe a lecture hall). Inspired by games like these, Posit Science has begun developing “brain training software.” Armed with money from four grants, over 50 professors and scientists from around the world have teamed up to work on the project. The brain games they produce are some of the first to be proven, through clinical research, to improve brain functions.
The games are designed to promote strong brain function that supports a variety of cognitive skills, increase the quantity of sensory information the brain takes in, and improves the quality with which the brain processes and records this information. The games work by focusing on what Posit Science calls “root problems.” These are deteriorating trends which occur in the human brain after age 30. These trends include slower speed, “fuzzier” accuracy, and decreasing amounts of chemicals called neuromodulators.
You probably aren’t over 30, so how does this affect you? Well besides the fact that you aren’t Dorian Grey, and will someday be older than you are now; the project is indicative of developing trends in technology. Posit Science has combined the talents of knowledge of neuroscientists, psychologists, and others with that of technology enthusiasts. An indicator that any future career can benefit from experience with technology.
If you want to test out the brain games, you can play some on Posit’s website for free. (email and name are required) Otherwise, head back to blackboard and take the extra credit quiz!
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