The Playful Brain

The Playful Brain

The Surprising Science of How Puzzles Improve your Mind

Paperback - 2011
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This is your brain on puzzles.

Everyone knows that puzzles can improve your brain function. Now a leading neurosurgeon and a noted puzzle designer team up to reveal the fascinating science behind it. Packed with illuminating insights and dozens of puzzles, this is both a lively book of popular science and an engaging set of exercises in developing a wide array of thinking and memory skills.

Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 2011, c2010.
Edition: First Riverhead trade pbk edition
ISBN: 9781594485459
Characteristics: 294 pages :,illustrations ;,24 cm.
Additional Contributors: Kim, Scott


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Aug 16, 2017

I very much enjoyed this book as well, we should make it a habit of pushing our brains beyond the norm, the puzzles presented in this book were a great opportunity to do just that. I highly recommend this book to you the reader.

May 04, 2017

I quite enjoyed this book and finished it quickly. It explains the varieties of cognition and gives a few puzzles at the end of each chapter (where possible; where not, websites are given) to engage each one. The writing isn't pretentious nor overly simple. I can attest that some of the earliest puzzles in the book, on working memory, the 2-back and 3-back, are effective.

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