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The playful brain : the surprising science of how puzzles improve your mind

by Restak, Richard M., 1942-

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A leading neuroscientist and a noted puzzle designer team up to reveal how solving puzzles improves one's brain function, giving readers the chance to work puzzles while learning how to boost their brain. Full description


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Table of Contents:
  • Memory. Working memory : brain juggling
  • Long-term memory : imagining the future by remembering the past
  • Perception. Perceptual skill learning : the sommelier and the hockey player
  • Visual thinking : seeing, not just looking
  • Spatial thinking : the challenge of mental rotation
  • Listening : the foley artist and the cocktail party
  • Motor skill learning : of mental maps and pickpockets
  • Time : clock time vs. brain time
  • Cognition. Thinking in words : the hammer, the saw, and the hatchet
  • Logic : reasoning in uncertain situations
  • Emotions and thinking : the anger superiority effect
  • Mathematics : doing the numbers at the checkout line
  • Illusions : shadows, balls, and rotating snakes
  • Creativity : the magic matches of Carlo Reverberi.