1. Brain games typically sound like childs play to those who hear that it is used for improving brain function. People usually scoff at them. What brains actually aim to do is improve cognitive function by engaging certain parts of the brain such as memory and problem solving areas, and giving them a workout, video game style.
2. People usually associate the stigma behind regular old video games, without realizing that these brain games are specifically designed to train the mind and stimulate neuroplasticity. The reason this is a huge problem to me is that people refuse to take these games seriously. They don’t think any good will come from them, and therefore it is a huge waste of time. I see no bad in this, you’re having a good time relaxing and playing a game, while training and stimulating parts of your brain that most likely need it in this day and age.
3. Most research vouches for brain games and brain training. I have seen more positive results for the elderly. This is still great to hear because it proves that are brains do deteriorate, and they also have the room to rewire and regain neuroplasticity even in old age after years and years of life coming at it. To me, this is absolutely worth time and energy spent into helping prevent Alzheimer’s and could possibly keep our elderly employed longer in fields that require intensive problem solving.
4. Brain games and brain training are the future for the longevity and improvement of cognitive function. People should embrace brain games and be happy to be able to improve brain health by playing a game versus studying and taking exams that can track your progress. They have already embraced so much new and advanced technology with open arms, I don’t think it should be too hard to allow a new type of video game into their lives.
5. I wish to address why and how mental decline occurs and show how brain games can help reverse this decline. The support I have includes studies done to see just how effective brain games truly are at improving cognitive function and reversing cognitive decline. Executive functions and neuroplasticity of the brain are also looked at and the science behind the brain and brain games can help us understand how brain games are helping us now, and how they can be improved to continue to help us in the future.
What I have observed so far is that brain games show promise for improvement of key areas of the mind. Speed, problem solving, and memory are just a few of those key areas. The significance of brain games is that we can use the same type of technology that is putting our brains in a state of dormancy to sharpen them. Brain games can be formatted and accessed through all different types of technology convenient to the user and allow them to keep their brain on its feet.
So far I have found that those who do utilize brain games generally see a difference in mental processes. There is a lot of research out there on memory because that is the area that is the most affected in most people. Memory games force the brain to hold onto information given to them in a short period of time. This requires the brain to compensate for the new activity, and eventually improving memory. The reason these games work is that many people have competitiveness in them. It drives them to do well and beat the game, keeping them coming back to train their brains.
The most important thing to understand about my findings is that brain games are helping our minds. In this technological era where we are not taught how to let go of our phones and computers and give our brains a rest. We do not stimulate many parts of our brain which are useful and we should be more mindful and give our minds more time.
I want to show others that it is really important to keep our brains in shape with all this technology we use that doesn’t do much good for it. I want to show people that you can have fun and improve brain function at the same time and that you should do it. Brain games could change the way we don’t think. It’s important for us to realize that our brains are more than just an organ and that computers sometimes aren’t that helpful.
Although I choose to go solo on my inquiry project, I will take what I have learned from others’ projects and bring them together in my own project.
I want to research what types of technology have significant influences on brain function. I want to see what man himself has created that can change his own brain chemistry. I also would like to see the proof behind brain games created to rejuvenate and even improve brain function, leading to that same man made creation rehabilitating our brains.
My project differs from others because I want to combine biology and technology together to see how they effect each other. I prefer to do this alone just because of my own time constraints.
This article from the Huffington Post will give anyone a good idea of how and why technology is facilitating brain decline. In my Interpretation of Dreams post, I mentioned how multitasking through all our different technologies can impact brain function negatively. Our brain was meant to use as a whole, splitting its attention only reduces how much it could be doing at 100%.
The Department of Psychology at UCLA advises strongly against multi-tasking since it adversely affects the brain’s learning systems.
The Huffington Post has also done an article on how the internet, a product of technology, has a role in rewiring our brains.
The series Your Brain on Computers by the New York Times illustrate how technology effects the brain at the cognitive level which then translates into the real world.
Brain training is where we can get our brains back into shape and away from this technology overload.
People should want to join me in this research project because it is a very real possibility for all of us who have come up in the generation of advancing computers and calculators. To see the impact your cell phone, iPad, laptop, GPS, calculator, all affecting your brain function is something I think would be of some importance to this generation.
Well, here goes nothing:
Could #technology be the reason for #mental #decline as well as provide a way to #improve #brainfunction?
Can #cognitivescience and #neuroscience prove that #braingames such as #luminosity can #improve our #intellectual #machinery using #technological #machinery?
Could the drastic increase of only #technology use in the future be considered an #appliedscience or will we become #man-machine cyborgs?
I believe these are some of the better terms to research because they bring large, broad ideas to a head. Everything from the brain, to science, to computers all leads back to the same point which can bring different perspectives, ideas, and attitudes to the project.
There are many people I know that can relate to this same scenario:
Someone has asked you to solve a simple math problem, probably throwing in a negative, all without a calculator. You stall, you take some time to make sure you did it just right because you can’t remember if two negatives make them positive or if you carry the one or if you can actually divide decimals the old fashioned way or not. You eventually come to an answer, praying its correct since you’re already red from embarrassment for taking longer than you think it should have taken you to solve the problem. And that’s when you wish you had an invisible calculator you could control with your mind. But you do. It is your mind, and maybe it needs to have some play time to rejuvenate its incredible, built-in qualities.
The reason for this sweat inducing drama is the fact that we haven’t put down calculators since we were first taught to use them. The beautiful, number crunching, all answer giving device has played a large part in decline of brain function in that area. I want to research how to get our brains back up to speed, and how we can further improve them after that. Through the website Luminosity, your brain can play games that will help improve areas such as memory, attention, speed, flexibility, and problem solving, all while tracking your progress.
The brain and technology as a synonymous object of study is something not only of interest, but also of importance. Day by day, more and more technology is being spit out and more and more of it is to reduce mental strain to allow us to multitask “efficiently.” That’s funny because the brain does not work efficiently when multitasking. Therefore, to see the effect that our awesome and cool techy gear has on brain function is something that should be looked into when creating new awesome and cool techy gear. Another person could study this by seeing what types of technology can create mental deficits and if other types of technology could remedy it as well. I think this project could be looked at from all different perspectives, agreeing or disagreeing or proving or disproving and I think it would be great to see those who believe in brain training and those who believe this new technology is only the next step through ‘evolution’ of the brain into man-machine among other skeptics and advocates.
In previous posts, no one has been able to really decipher what my inquiry project is or apparently what I am even saying so here’s the gist:
-Mechanical aids are useful for both mental and physical tasks
-Could they be hindering our mental capabilities?
-If so, can some mechanical aids turn around and actually help deteriorating brain function?
Which then brings me to a great Brain Training program on the web called Luminosity. If after this post you are still confused about what I am writing or my inquiry project, please feel free to use this program.
Luminosity is a web site specifically designed with one thing in mind – your mind. It builds a personalized brain training program fit for each person. Luminosity tests memory, attention, speed, flexibility, and problem solving through games geared towards sharpening those parts of the mind. It engages the mind while reinforcing weakened bridges. Luminosity digs deeper by giving specific options the user may choose within the categories. For example, the memory category has four in depth “workouts” which the user may or may not choose to put into their program.
Now take a step back and look at the bigger picture. The internet, used through various mechanical aids, could be argued that it is making us stupid (Google). This program provided through the same pathway is here to help mental function.
I want to use this as my primary text because it is completely hands on and interactive and I can share my own progress through research of my own mind. It’s not stagnant and mind numbing research, it’s something I can branch out from and break numbers out of and create statistics from. It’s very interesting to see the role technology has on our “modern” brain function in present day.
I think others need to see that mechanical aids do indeed have an effect on brain function every single day and my conceptualization of it is possibly a new age, first world problem that may need to be fixed – seemingly with the same mechanical aids and technology.
In my “What will I dream” post, I mentioned I love having instant, vast information at my fingertips. To narrow this down, in a sense, I choose the search engine Google. I like it because I can find the answer to all my problems in under a minute. Not only that, but Google helps with relevant, or even irrelevant, interesting yet useless information. Acquiring random facts about things that are interesting to me or are interesting in general is fun.
I can find a recipe for a world famous soup, learn karate, and perform heart surgery with Google. The information is right there, with pages and pages of second opinions for you to take a look at. There is a saying in my house, “If you don’t know it, and I don’t know it, Google it.” I am a huge advocator for self-help and self-teaching. It is a great asset to be able to teach yourself new things, especially if they are of importance. What better teacher’s assistant than Google?
I generally enjoy internet humor. I run a humor blog on tumblr which is just for my own amusement. I am also addicted to social media. Facebook, Instagram, love them. They’re so hard to let go of, they’re a gateway into people’s lives. They also act as connectors. I like to think there is a thin string attached between me and each individual Facebook friend tying me back to them.
I also love the fact that there is infinite knowledge on the web. It’s amazing that you can find the beginning and end to everything on the internet. It’s as if I have the entire universe in my hands.