Lumosity is a Playground for my Brain
Posted by Gail | Filed under Gail Pleasures
Alex has been picking on me recently, calling me “cheesecloth brain” because I tend to be a bit forgetful. Truth be known, if I don’t write it down it falls off my list faster than a politician’s promise disappears after election day.
I have the kind of brain that craves new. I love to play games. And there are some definite slow spots in my processor. So when Alex recommended that I sign up for Lumosity.com, I had a look.
I was initially appalled at how bad I was on so many of the “games” designed to keep my brain sharp. But here’s the thing. The more I played, the better I got at them. No surprise really, right? Except that my thinking got sharper too.
The games on Lumosity are designed to help you build up your adaptivity and brain resilience, along with memory and fluidity. The games are engaging and novel, with tasks increasing in challenge as you move through the program.
When I first started playing the memory game where you had to click on where the boxes had been, I could never get past seven. Since seven is the magic number for short-term memory, I was a little surprised when I managed nine. Alex has made it all the way to 12… once.
There are math games (simple addition, subtraction and multiplication), games to make you more aware of what’s going on around you, and word games.
I’ve always used games to help me think more clearly. When I have to write, I often do my research first then spend a couple of hours playing computer games to give my subconscious time to work out the story. Then I write. I’m faster that way. And I can produce huge amounts of stuff because I let my brain work it all out in background.
I used to play a lot of mindless stuff on Facebook. I still like those mindless games that allow my brain to focus on the story I’m next going to have to write. But now I switch it up and I head over to Lumosity and put my brain to work to grease the wheels.
Whether you play games online, do the crossword puzzle every day, or persist your way through a tough Sudoku, spend a little time every day challenging your brain and watch it rise to the challenge!
Your turn: How do you keep your brain sharp? Are games a part of your life?