Brain Benefits of Playing Minion Rush?

Some time back, when I was researching study techniques to improve student learning, I came across Daphne Bavelier’s research on how video games can make our brains work better: They improve vision – I’ll bet that was a surprise They improve attention They increase speed of decision-making They increase retention of information They improve cognitiveContinue reading “Brain Benefits of Playing Minion Rush?”

MyBrainLab – Helping Kids Become Faster, Smarter, Better…

We first wrote about myBrainLab 2 years ago when they first launched in Malaysia and thought it was probably time for an update… About myBrainLab myBrainLab is a personal brain training gym that helps adults and children enhance their capacity to think and learn. Their training programs are based on the science of neuroplasticity which demonstrates the brain’s ability toContinue reading “MyBrainLab – Helping Kids Become Faster, Smarter, Better…”

Get Kids Moving with GoNoodle

There is a deep connection between the mind and the body and we have seen how movement of the body can influence the development of the brain: Movement is good for the brain If you only do one thing for your brain, it should be this… Physical activity and sports are important for brain development and academic performanceContinue reading “Get Kids Moving with GoNoodle”

Building Memory and Spatial Intelligence with Jigsaw Puzzles

Playing with jigsaw puzzles have been touted to be beneficial for our brains. Although many of the claims have yet to be substantiated when we conducted our research of the literature, we did find that playing with jigsaw puzzles was good for developing short term memory and visual-spatial ability. Why is short term memory important? Short-term memory acts asContinue reading “Building Memory and Spatial Intelligence with Jigsaw Puzzles”

Nikitin Material Brain Games and Puzzles from Lern Spiel Verlag

We are always on the lookout for brain games, toys and puzzles. We really like this one that was shared with us recently – Nikitin Material range from Lern Spiel Verlag… Recommended for children from 4 years and up, Nikitin Material Development Kits help promote: mental develop perception concentration logical thinking lateral thinking numerical reasoningContinue reading “Nikitin Material Brain Games and Puzzles from Lern Spiel Verlag”

How Rock Climbing Trains Your Child’s Brain

Perhaps I’m biased, but I’ve always felt that rock climbing is an enriching activity. It offers numerous benefits for the mind, the body, and character. Partly for those benefits, and partly because I just want someone in the family to share my passion, I had hoped one of my boys would pick it up. Unfortunately, I canContinue reading “How Rock Climbing Trains Your Child’s Brain”

Getting the Most Out of Your Brain Training

There are many ways to sharpen the brain and keep it finely honed – methods that have consistently proven time again through research to be effective. But let’s face it… in the rapid pace of life that we live in, it can be difficult to fit one or two of these activities in. Given the limited commodityContinue reading “Getting the Most Out of Your Brain Training”

Thinking Games to Challenge the Mind

Why we should encourage children to play games that challenge the mind: Critical Thinking is vital in the age of the Internet Critical Thinking is one of the 7 essential life skills that every child needs Bright children don’t necessarily develop good thinking skills – it must be taught Logic and Reasoning is one of five important things thatContinue reading “Thinking Games to Challenge the Mind”

The Scientific Power of Meditation – How Meditation Benefits Mind and Body

We keep hearing about meditation benefits and how good it is for our minds and bodies. So this is a post to summarise all those wonderful benefits. Meditation benefits your health: lowers blood pressure improves cardiovascular health strengthens the immune system improves concentration reduces stress reduces emotional distress slows aging increases happiness Meditation benefits yourContinue reading “The Scientific Power of Meditation – How Meditation Benefits Mind and Body”

Brain Entrainment: Hemi-Sync – Binaural Beats Sound Patterns

After reading all the positive benefits of meditation, I started looking to music for meditation and came across this… Binaural Beats Binaural beats are auditory processing artifacts, or apparent sounds, caused by specific physical stimuli. This effect was discovered in 1839 by Heinrich Wilhelm Dove and earned greater public awareness in the late 20th centuryContinue reading “Brain Entrainment: Hemi-Sync – Binaural Beats Sound Patterns”