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I don't like brain games, whenever I realize it's a game or faked problem, I immediately lose interest. I think it's wasting my brain.




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Use your brain or lose it. That's the concern that's fueling a worldwide boom in brain fitness that shows few signs of slowing.

A slew of products, from games like Nintendo's Brain Age to more sophisticated computer-assisted software, are marketed at consumers worried about losing their mental sharpness.

The brain fitness software market has been growing at a dizzying pace. Worldwide revenue surged to $850 million last year, up from $250 million in 2005, according to SharpBrains, a company that tracks the mental fitness industry.

Recent evidence that mental exercises can be beneficial to the brain has helped the industry flourish. Although, researchers caution, the verdict is still out when it comes to the long-term effect of these programs on cognition.

"There is still a lot of work that needs to be done. There is no definitive consensus over whether these programs are as beneficial as people would like to think they are," says Dr. Mark Mapstone, associate professor of neurology at the University of Rochester Medical Center in New York.

One of the most popular products is Nintendo's Brain Age (also known as Brain Training) -- a collection of simple exercises like math problems, memory tests and word puzzles. The launch of the program in 2005 kicked off the mental fitness craze in Japan. Have brain fitness programs worked for you?
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I like something simple as crossword puzzles. I found this one free. WebCrosswords.com - Daily Crossword Puzzles

I also read somewhere that researching with the use of Google search engine in mentally stimulating. Seems to be true for me.
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I also read somewhere that researching with the use of Google search engine in mentally stimulating.
I hope so. I sure spend enough time doing it.
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This kind of stuff really helps me out. The brain is a muscle so to speak. People who learned new things and "work out" mentally were shown in several studies to live up to 10 to 15 years longer then their counter parts who got in to a dialy routine or rut. I have epilepsy, so I take medication that actually reduces the amount of neurological activity in my brain. So I have to over compensate and learn and read all the time so my brain doesnt turn to mush, LoL Might sound crazy, but its true!
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I have epilepsy, so I take medication that actually reduces the amount of neurological activity in my brain. So I have to over compensate and learn and read all the time so my brain doesnt turn to mush, LoL Might sound crazy, but its true!
I think that the hemisphere of my brain that handles art has atrophied from disuse.

Just for fun Trevor75, check this out regarding cognition. Spanish sage. The article is really more about enhancing memory in young adults; but could be good with epilepsy too. As I recall though, pregnant women should not use sage; because it can dry up milk.

http://www.life-enhancement.com/arti...ate.asp?ID=947

"In many cultures, the sage family of herbs has been used traditionally for a number of neurological problems, including depression, epilepsy, and age-related memory loss."
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Cool, thanks Ill check it out. Dont have to worry about the milk drying up either, LoL ;-P
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