In my previous post, I did hint on what to do if you find out that your brain isn’t working as you would want to. Sure, it’s all about training your brain with some exercises as mentioned in that post.
Brain training has been around for decades and was based on doing memory tasks on paper. The renewed popularity today is directly due to being able to use the computer to play these games. The interaction is better and people do tend to be more responsive to visual stimulants.
Before we go any further let’s look at the question of what brain training is first.
Brain training is a type of training that helps a person to improve their ability to learn in a faster and easier way.
Your brain processes information through a network of nerve cells which are known as neurons. These neurons group together the minute you start to learn and consume information. This grouping action is what allows you to learn easily. If a task is more complex then other neurons are attracted to the main group.
So basically, as a task becomes harder your brain draws upon an increased number of neurons to learn the subject at hand. After you have successfully learned the tasks these extra neurons return to their other functions.
Everyone has cognitive abilities which are the process that your brain uses such as your memory, attention and reasoning. How well your brain performs these functions depends up each individual. Some people have better memory skills than others. The good part of this is that all of these areas can be improved upon with training.
When you begin to train your brain you will find that your memory works more quickly and that you can process information better. In fact the whole process of learning becomes fun instead of being seen as a challenge.
Brain training improves all areas by strengthening each of your cognitive skills, this allows all the parts to work together in an improved fashion. You can compare this to needing good tires and a working engine to make your car run smoothly.
If you start a brain training course or game you will be using audio, visual and memory skills. Each game or challenge requires different uses of these skills in a different combination.
You may find brain training games a challenge at first, but not to worry. Stay with them and you will find that they eventually become much easier. Your brain training is working.
What Do You Gain From Training Your Brain?
As you age you tend to not use your brain as much and this can lead to you feeling as though you are losing your memory, or that you just can’t concentrate anymore. The truth is that these things can be resolved by keeping your brain active.
Brain training games are extremely popular today and there is no shortage of websites that offer some type of brain training game or other. These games focus on specific areas of your brain. For example you may have trouble remembering number sequences or people’s names. By playing specific games these issues can be improved.
The benefits of playing brain games includes helping to improve your memory, your attention span and your focus. The games are designed to work in different ways.
For example if you have trouble with people’s names and faces you are helped by learning how to associate names with characteristics instead. For instance, if your Uncle Charlie smokes a pipe you connect a picture of a pipe in your head with his name. If you have trouble spelling you can learn how to sound out the name differently in order to remember it.
Other brain game benefits include taxing and stretching your brain. Your brain is capable of doing so much and most people only tap into and use a small portion of their brains.
A popular game is the Sudoku game. To play this game you need to use logic and to have patience. You basically need to enter a number from 1 to 9 in each column so that each row only contains one of each number. This really does stretch and tax your brain. Other benefits include being able to think faster, remember birthdays and anniversaries and even just remembering the title of the movie you watched a couple of days ago.
Sometimes you don’t notice that you are becoming forgetful as you age. Most of the time you simply put it down to becoming older and this is not always the reason. Usually these signs mean that your brain needs a quick pick me up.
As well as improving your cognitive skills, brain games can also help boost your self-esteem and confidence levels. Plus you are instilling a habit which will help keep your brain alert, sharp and active as you age. This can help stop the onset of diseases such as Alzheimer’s.