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Some Assembly Required

LearningRx, a company that brain trains using training software has released reports on the effectiveness of their brain training games. These reports give full evidence that brain training is the new future for cognitive repair and continued development. Dr. Kirk Cameron and Amy Moore analyses of the data show incredible results. “The following…shows improvements in clients with severe cognitive weaknesses who initially
tested in the lowest percentile (25th percentile or lower). After brain training, these clients
“moved up in line” an average of 29 percentile points.” The significance of these types of results is immense. Brain games can be used to kick start our brains once again.

Fellowship of the Sources

Increasingly, scientific evidence tells us that we can dramatically increase the probability of staying mentally and physically fit throughout our lives. Specifically for the brain, we can do this by brain training. Brain training keeps the brain stimulated and ready for apt function. The best way to ‘brain train’ is to use brain games that are designed to workout parts of our brain that deteriorate the most rapidly due to stress, less use, and age. These regions include but are certainly not limited to memory, problem solving, and attention.

As I mentioned earlier, cognitive decline can stem from a variety of day to day occurrences, as well as natural occurrences, such as aging. In a study done on the elderly, results proved that brain games did indeed show “that playing Brain Age for 4 weeks lead to improved cognitive functions (executive functions and processing speed) in the elderly.” Of course, this is only a short term solution. But if in this short amount of time our elderly are improving, think of how quickly our young adults could improve! Also, improving these games themselves can provide long term cognitive benefits for all brains of all ages. This is the new neuroscience.

Portable Engelbart

“We refer to a way of life in an integrated domain where hunches, cut-and-try, intangibles, and the human “feel for a situation” usefully co-exist with powerful concepts, streamlined terminology and notation, sophisticated methods, and high-powered electronic aids.”

Basically, our life and daily activities are facilitated by mechanical aids. Relating back to my inquiry project, in essence we need technology now because of the era we live in, but the key is to limit our usage in a way our brains can stay healthy, optimized, and productive.

“First any possibility for improving the effective utilization of the intellectual power of society’s problem solvers warrants the most serious consideration. This is because man’s problem-solving capability represents possibly the most important resource possessed by a society.”

This is just beautiful to me. It is exactly what I have been saying all along, that we must preserve the human mind before it’s too late. The brain is our most valuable piece of technology. We should aim to help keep it at its peak throughout our lives.

Panning for Nuggets

“This study showed that individuals who were lonely or did not have good social skills could develop strong compulsive Internet use behaviors resulting in negative life outcomes (e.g., harming other significant activities such as work, school, or significant relationships) instead of relieving their original problems.” –Source

This first nugget is super important in stating that social media is rewiring our brains so that daily life is becoming significantly more different for the person using said social media. The brain is meant for face-to-face human interaction, it requires that type of stimulation to activate key areas of the brain such as emotion and critical thinking. Social media only allows that this type of brain activity be substituted with a computer, allowing the person to take on any type of person they would like to be. This almost multiple personality disorder type of interaction is dangerous for the brain.

“… understand these sites monitor for potential problems with cyberbullying, “Facebook depression,” sexting, and exposure to inappropriate content.” –Source

This nugget, in comparison to my first nugget, deals with the adverse effects of social media on the sociology of the user, versus the psychology of the user (the nugget above). Not only does social media have an effect on the brain, they also affect the way society works. Social media promotes connecting on a large scale, but they also give easy access to cyberbullying. Without proper maintenance and restrictions, a lot of inappropriate content is thrown around social media ruining peoples lives and corrupting others. Nowadays, everything is incredibly sexualized, and many people think that sending or posting revealing pictures or media in general is the norm. I do not think this is a good way to utilize social media and it is creating a hazardous environment for our younger generations.