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    "Brain Fitness"

    How fit is your brain?

    Saw a good show on it on pbs recently:

    The Brain Fitness Program PBS 16x9 NEW Trailer

    And apparently it's a big thing now; anything tp do perhaps with the millions of Boomers reaching 65 soon?

    It actually claims to be based on physical neurology:
    Neurogenesis is the creation of new neurons. The more active a particular brain cell is, the more connections it develops with its neighboring neurons through a process called dendritic sprouting. A single neuron can have up to thirty thousand such connections, creating a dense web of interconnected activity throughout the brain. Each neuron can then be stimulated directly through experience (real or imagined) or indirectly through these connections from its neighbors, which saves the cell from cell death.

    Physical exercise boosts the brain’s rate of neurogenesis throughout life, while mental exercise increases the rate at which those new brain cells survive and make functional connections into existing neural networks.Both physical exercise and the challenge from mental exercise increase the secretion of nerve growth factor, which helps neurons grow and stay healthy.

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    Effective mental stimulation should provide:
    • Novelty
    • Variety
    • Challenge
    • Practice
    Brain fitness - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    Got it for my DS

    Mum and dad have it as does the rest of the family. Brother and wife share a DS kids have one each, sister and husband have one as well.

    All do their brain training daily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hootad Binky
    It actually claims to be based on physical neurology:
    claims is the right word.

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    Well the brain really does grow neuronal tissue when it learns new things, doesn't it?

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    true, but this latest fad about right brain left brain and brain fitness, appears to be just that, a fad.

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    Yeah really: "20 reps for the pre-frontal cortex; right, left, right, left..."

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    Feel the buuurn.

    Does pickeling your brain in Leo twice a week do anything for cerebral growth and rejuevenation?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Texpat
    Does pickeling your brain in Leo twice a week do anything for cerebral growth and rejuevenation?
    Don't think so but does a fine job of preserving existing cerebral capacity!

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    It magnifies the good times and hopefully blots out the bad times...

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    My brain is supremely unfit, it gets tired simply from counting stairs as I walk up them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson
    My brain is supremely unfit, it gets tired simply from counting stairs as I walk up them.
    An odd affliction counting stairs unless one is blind!

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    ^Always be prepared, that's my motto! Should the day ever come - touch wood - that I become blind I'll know exactly how many stairs there are. Well, I would if I didn't keep losing count and forgetting.

    Funny you should say that though. Just recently I've taken to closing my eyes when walking down the stairs at home. I don't know why.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    ^

    Funny you should say that though. Just recently I've taken to closing my eyes when walking down the stairs at home. I don't know why.
    Death Wish perchance??

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    ^Injury wish I think, not enough stairs to be fatal. Just enough to cause grevious harm.

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    Didn't David Cronenberg make a film about that?


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    is that paul mccartney's wife?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hootad Binky
    Didn't David Cronenberg make a film about that?
    'A History of Violence Occasioned by Falling Down Stairs and the Crash and Shivers that Follow'

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    Crash
    That's the one

    "David Cronenberg, also known as the King of Venereal Horror or the Baron of blood..."

    David Cronenberg - Biography

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    Quote Originally Posted by AntRobertson View Post
    ^Injury wish I think, not enough stairs to be fatal. Just enough to cause grevious harm.
    Ok!
    With my dear chum Arthur Ritis in permanent residence - for me it would be a death wish !

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