Brain Training Games? Stick To The Real Thing

Before you rush out to buy that new Nintendo DS in order to develop your brainpower and increase your thinking age, you might want to consider whether the brain training games live up to the hype.

A recent study has shown that there is no real proof that the brain training games made popular recently by Nintendo and Dr. Kawashima really have any effect at all and those of us who spend hours starring into a tiny screen, forcing our hands into an arthritic state from clamping the pointer too hard could be wasting our time altogether.

Cognitive neuro-scientist at the University of Birmingham, Dr. Jason Braithwaite said; "There is no comprehensive evidence showing that the continued use of these devices is linked to any measurable and general improvements in cognition. anything other than a basic learned process for that specific task. "

This leads me to consider how we might be able to improve our brain power and increase our intelligence. For me it's simple, stick to the same old principals that have helped us over the centuries. Hard work and determination combined with a drive to learn and absorb knowledge at every given opportunity.

Books for a long time have been my staple for learning. I might not always agree with the author, but this only serves to increase my thought process and hopefully help me to see things from an alternative perspective. I often encourage myself to read something that challenges my own thinking and wipes away some of the cobwebs of my mind.

Then of course we have the process of learning from training events, schooling and universities. A lot will say they struggle to learn in these environments. However, it is my belief that when transported out correctly and in keeping with learning needs of all participants, this form of learning can not be beaten.

The trouble with these methods of learning? Well, they're not much fun are they (although I'm challenge that point and encourage you to attend a training event that I put together). Latest developments in E-Learning and the more recent 'serious gaming' (a combination of business simulations and computer generated learning events) show an encouraging step towards something 'sexy' in the training world. However, it is still too early to say whether these methods will eclipse the tested and trusted methods of development. Better I say to incorporate them into a holistic approach to learning and continue to stretch the boundaries of thinking around making learning fun.

You might by now be thinking that I have strayed something from my initial topic of 'brain training', surely I can tell the difference between increasing skills and knowledge and training your brain? Well, I'm afraid I can not. Training your brain is about challenging your thinking, keeping your mind active and learning new ideas.

I suspect the true reason people have welcomed these games with open arms is that they are seen as 'easy' a 'quick fix', a bit like belts that exercise your stomach while you sit and eat cake or essays that you can download from the internet and hand in to your teacher. The trouble with this approach is that it simply does not work. If you want success, you have to put in the time and effort.

Of course all of this is subjective. I do not think there's any harm in these games at all and if it encourages people to learn, then more is the better. I'm sure that brain training games do provide a much needed element of 'thinking time' and combined with the other methods mentioned above must surely encourage your brain to memorize and at least challenge ideas? Well, where there's no harm there's no worry.

Anyways, I'm off for a few challenging rounds of bowling on the Nintendo Wii … Well, you've got to get out now and then have not you?

Source by Andrew Wood

9 Benefits of Playing Video Games

Today's games are ambitious, challenging, and complex. The games are getting better with the passage of time. As a matter of fact, the benefits go beyond the entertainment. Given below are a few surprises benefits of playing video games.

1. They are good for surgeons

Reading latest research is a must for surgeons. According to a study of laparoscopic, it was discovered that surgeons who have a habit of playing video games for over three hours in 7 days are more likely to perform better during the procedures they perform.

2. They Help You Overcome Dyslexia

According to some research studies, attention difficulties is one of the main causes of dyslexia. As a matter of fact, a study found that patients shown better reading comprehension once they have played a video game. Actually, what happens is that video games change the environment on a constant basis in order to make the player focus more.

3. They Improve Your eyesight

You may have heard that sitting too close to the TV is bad for you vision. However, today, scientists found that if you play games in moderation, your vision will get better. Therefore, it's a good idea to spend a bit of time playing your favorite video games.

4. They boost your career

Some game genres make players develop better leadership practices. As a result, they provide better services for the society. According to researchers, players show a correlation motivation to choose a better career.

5. They Make You Physical

Some games improve your body interaction. Even if you play with a handheld controller, it will be considered a physical activity. As a matter of fact, sports games, such as tennis, basketball or skateboarding games may help your kids practice the required skills.

6. Games slow down your Aging Process

Today's brain games help you improve your memory, puzzle components and problem solving skills, especially if you are a senior player. According to a study, a few players played these games for 10 hours. In the end, they showed an improved cognitive functioning.

7. Games help you lessen your pain

What do you do to distract yourself from pain? Of course, you focus your attention on something else. However, you can also play video games to achieve the same purpose. As a matter of fact, playing games helps your body produce a pain-killing response in your body. You do not feel the pain at all if you are paying full attention to the game that you are playing.

8. Games help you get social

People think that gamers are too insulated; however, this is not true. Nowadays, you have multi-player games that let you get in touch with new players. People from different corners of the world get together, play their favorite games and solve mutual problems.

9. Games help you reduce stress

Some games urge stress, but you can also find some that help you reduce your stress. According to a study, players who played video games had stable heart rates compared to the ones who did not play video games.

So, these are some of the benefits that you can enjoy if you play video games.

Source by Shalini Madhav

Games for Kids Development

There are many games and toys for kids in the market. However, it is not easy to choose the best one. You as the parents should be smart enough select perfect toys for your children. Some of the toys could build the educational skills, but some of them only give pleasure for your children. Besides identify your kid's interest, you also have to know whether the toys endanger them or not.

If you want to purchase toys, read the box info to know the materials used to make the game. It will prevent your children from any harmful material that could endanger them. Figure out the function and what the effect that your kids may obtain. It is important to keep away your brood from useless and not give any benefit things.

Most children like to play games with family and friends. They like to spend time with people they love. Having fun and learn something in the same time. If your child like learning something and play the educational playthings, you should pick a game that will improve kids' brain power. Pick games that offers to build spelling, math, reading, counting, and vocabulary skill.

On the other hand, if you know that your kids like to play physical activity, you can select sport games. There are many sport games that you can buy, such as bicycle, trampoline, jumping rope or ball. Those stuffs will give a contribution for children health development. Beside education and healthy plaything, you can try to give games that build social skills like cooperation, honesty, teamwork, etc.

The more challenging the toy, the more you develop your kids' ability. When you choose and buy toys, you should understand the function and benefit for your brood. Ensure you buy toys appropriate with children age.

As a parent, you can accompany your kids when they are playing. It is the best moment to get close with them. On the other way, children will feel comfortable to talk what they feel when they have fun with you.

Source by Alexis Lewinsky

พอร์ช ย้ำ แข้ง ไก่ ต้องปิดเกมให้ได้ทุกนัด

เมาริซิโอ โปเช็ตติโน่ กุนซือชาวอาร์เจนไตน์ ย้ำกับลูกทีมชัดเจนว่า นัดต่อไปขอให้ทุกคนตั้งใจเล่นเต็มที่ โดยต้องปิดเกมให้ได้ทุกนัด เพื่อเพิ่มโอกาสคว้า 3 คะแนนสำคัญทุกรายการแข่งขัน หลังนัดที่ 8 รายการพรีเมียร์ลีก อังกฤษ พวกเขาเพิ่งเอาชนะคู่แข่งในสนามอย่าง คาร์ดิฟฟ์ ซิตี้ ด้วยประตูโทนเท่านั้น ทั้งนี้ พอร์ช ย้ำว่าหลังจากนี้ขอให้ทุกคนเล่นนิ่งกันมากกว่านี้ เพื่อเพิ่มโอกาสเก็บชัยชนะ

เกมนี้ เอริค ดายเออร์ รับบทฮีโร่ หลังช่วยซัดประตูขึ้นนำคู่แข่ง ตั้งแต่นาทีที่ 8 แต่หลังจากนั้นลูกทีมของ พอร์ช ไม่สามารถเค้นฟอร์มเก่งออกมา จนทำให้เกมนี้พวกเขาทำอันตรายคู่แข่งในสนามได้แค่นั้น และเก็บ 3 คะแนนด้วยชัยชนะ 1 ประตูเท่านั้น ซึ่งหลังเกมจบลงทาง พอร์ช ยืนยันชัดเจนว่า หลังจากนี้ขอให้ทุกคนรักษาฟอร์มการเล่น และเค้นฟอร์มเก่งออกมา พร้อมทั้งจัดการปิดสกอร์ให้คมกว่านี้

“เกมที่ผ่านมาทุกคนทำผลงานดีแค่ไหน ผมคงบอกว่าไม่ดีเท่าที่ผมคาดหวังเอาไว้ เพราะเกมที่ 8 ผมคาดหวังว่าเราจะมีสกอร์มากกว่านี้ แต่สิ่งที่เราได้มาคือ เราเก็บชัยชนะได้ด้วยประตูเดียวเท่านั้น ดังนั้นหลังเกมจบลงผมพูดกับทุกคนทันทีว่า หลังจากนี้ขอให้ทุกคนตั้งใจและมีสมาธิกับเกมมากกว่านี้ เพื่อโอกาสเก็บชัยชนะของเรา และที่สำคัญผมคาดหวังว่าทุกคนจะจบสกอร์คมกว่านี้”