Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Brain Training

MD592_US_Jkt.inddBrain Training – boost memory, maximize mental agility, & awaken your inner genius
Published at DK Canada

About the book

For people of all ages who want to improve their memory, hone learning skills, and boost mental performance in their daily lives, Brain Training is a vibrant collection of visual puzzles and tips to help exercise the brain and keep the cognitive faculties razor-sharp. Covering the key areas of brain function, including memory, perception, problem-solving, verbal reasoning, and the body (such as diet, exercise, and meditation), Brain Training is a dynamic resource that will boost everyone's brain power.

My Thoughts

Brain Training is a fun book that will help you enhance your memory and boost your mental agility with the help of exercises that you can do throughout the book.   The book is very visual and will guide you through series of fun memory games that were designed to help you develop your memory and get better at remembering things.

The book starts with a quick chapter on the brain and its potential.   Once you have discover this part of your body, you will explore more about memory and the benefits in training for it.   That’s when you will get plenty of memory games to help  your enhance your brain cells.  The games will though various aspects of your brain – visual reasoning, spatial awareness, creativity, numerical reasoning, verbal reasoning, and more.   At the end of the book you will also get a final workout as a final test for your brain.   

Some games will require you to look at an image for a certain period of time, hide it and then answer some questions.  These games remind me of a game when I was in the girl guides.  We had a table covered with objects and we had two minutes to observe each objects.  Then the table would be covered and we had a period of time to write down as many objects as we could remember.    It was somewhat stressful but fun at the same time.  However, in these games the challenge is raised.  Here’s an example.  You have an image with King Arthur and his knights names around the table with their favorite vegetable written in front of them.  You have two minutes to study this image.    Then you need to cover it and answer  these questions:  A) How many knights are present?, B) What is Sir Lucan’s favorite veg?, C) Whose favorite is cabbage?, D) Who is sitting to the right of the person whose favorite vegetable is cauliflower?, E) Which two knights have names beginning with D?.   Yeah….  Not sure I would be able to remember that much details myself.    But the goal of the whole book is to boost your memory skills so that you can get better for that sort of activities.  

My oldest son is gifted with an amazing memory.   When he saw this book, he picked it up and went through it.   He thought it was an interesting idea though he also mentioned that some of them looked pretty difficult.   Still, I think there is potential not only for adults like me but for kids of all ages.   I wouldn’t hesitate one second to use this book with my kids once they get to the middle school years (grades 7 and 8) in order to prepare them for higher level of school years.

2013 being a new year for everyone, I think it is fun to grab a challenge and stick with it during the year.   For me, there are some aspects of my memory that I would love to develop.   This book will definitively be handy for certain things.   I will also encourage my oldest son to do some exercises every once in a while in order to develop order areas of his memory.   

Brain Training is available at your favourite bookstore, even amazon.ca and amazon.com.


Disclaimer: Thanks to DK Canada for sending me the above mentioned product for review purposes. I was not monetarily compensated for this review. Please note that the review was not influenced by the Sponsor in any way. All opinions expressed here are only my own.

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