Can Brain Games Enhance Your Memory?

Do you have a habit of walking into a room and forgetting why you went there? How about going online for a specific purpose only to forget it once your browser window pops up? It may mean you’re simply distracted or it could be the initial signs that your brain is aging. When we’re young, our brain rapidly makes connections between neurons, creating multiple pathways for information to flow. As noted in the August 15, 2006 edition of The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the adult neocortex—that part of the brain that is controls sensory and spatial perception, motor coordination, language, thought and memory —does not generate new neurons. So, as we age and these cells die, they don’t grow back, which means that those pathways start to dwindle. Things we used to recall with ease become harder to place. The good news is, you can train your brain to create new pathways… and it can also be a lot of fun. Just search “memory games” on your computer or wireless device app store to find a plethora of options. Games like Pairopix or Simon are great for memory. However, you can also increase your brain power with popular games like Words With Friends (language and spatial relationships) and Angry Birds (strategy and reasoning). Just remember not to play them at work!