Brain Games or Head Games: What really works?


For fun, try the brain games highlighted during the presentation at http://www.lumosity.com/

Earlier this year, researchers behind a study in Archives of Neurology say they had a found a link between brain-stimulating activities and levels of protein thought to cause Alzheimer’s disease. Showcased in this presentation are the results of two previous studies that seem to link an increase in cognitive processing with brain-stimulating activities as well. The following presentation walks the learner through a better understanding of the physical systems in the brain that are most affected by learning. Associated with each system is a glimpse of the games that were developed by educational game designers to stimulate brain activity. Towards the end of the presentation, there is a surprise twist! It turns out that there may be a more effective and even simpler way to increase cognitive processing. Can you guess what it is?
Purpose of this post:
1. Demonstrate competence in visual learning design.
The following PPT I had originally created for visual learning. The challenge was to create a visual learning experience with minimal text. The visuals are supposed to tell the story. Due to the complicity of the subject, however, I did add a small amount of text in a couple of places for this slide show presentation. To access the script relating to the presentation, visit my post at Slideshare.
2. Provide interesting and relevant content in my field of expertise.
My interest in brain games goes way back. A few years ago, I had purchased Brainware Safari for my boys when they were in the primary grades. I noticed improvement in their learning and I wanted to find out more about related neuroplasticity research, the core idea surrounding brain games. A portion of neuroplasticity refers to the susceptibility of neural processes due to changes in behavior. Neurons have the tendency to rewire themselves to accommodate changes in the environment and to what extent these changes effect brain processes is still hotly debated. High profile systems such as memory, processing speed, attention, logic and multi-tasking are at the center of brain game design. Game makers theorize that that we can strengthen neural connections by engaging in activities that stimulate brain systems.
3. Demonstrate Slide Share embedded feature in WordPress.
– I updated the color scheme and re-purposed it for slide share. The interactivity of the original ppt was disabled automatically so I removed the buttons as well. I noticed that the some of the effects from ppt did not carry over into slideshare very well, such as some of the photo formatting special effects features, I had to change the graphics.
– I generated an embed code on Slide Share for WordPress. Slide share has an embed short link specifically for WordPress which made it quite seamless.

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About Angela Rupert

Angela Rupert is a freelance instructional designer and development consultant. Contact Angela Rupert for a free consultation at arupert88@gmail.com or (717) 480-1747.
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