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Enobattar
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San j, I got hooked on Sudoku several years ago and quickly moved on up past the Easy and Mediums to the Hard and Challenger ones.  Even more brain stretches when attempting Kakuro and Sumoku (spelling on both?  Very entertaining for my love of numbers.

Also, has anyone read/heard of how playing any musical instrument while reading the music.... self teaching out of those "How To Play ______" books, etc. is supposed to be VERY helpful to our brains?  I read that a little while ago and ever since my guitar and banjo have been calling to me out of their dusty corners.  


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There are Brain-Game books for the development of different categories of intelligence. I was surfing Amazon and found a few. Neurologists write that deficits/weaknesses in particular brain-regions or types of intelligence can be therapeutically addressed, to an extent, using cognitive exercises carefully prescribed/ chosen.
Interesting.
So it's more than just fun.  
Do you know of anything specifically designed to improve inferencing?


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Lumosity kindly recommend to everyone to try the trial version. Its fun.


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Quoted from Enobattar

Also, has anyone read/heard of how playing any musical instrument while reading the music.... self teaching out of those "How To Play ______" books, etc. is supposed to be VERY helpful to our brains?  I read that a little while ago and ever since my guitar and banjo have been calling to me out of their dusty corners.  


Years ago, I read a study suggesting that right-left hemisphere "crosstalk connections" were more developed in musicians. Not sure whether it implied a predisposition was present, or that it was a matter of training and development. I will say, that as a musician and an artist, my best creative experiences happen when the analytical left and intuitive right hemispheres are balanced-- meaning neither in dominance. The result is (or used to be) simply called "flow". A nearly trance-like state that musicians particularly recognize as the "instrument playing the musician". Personally, I believe this occurs because both hemispheres are operating at once and in unison. A full awakening of the 6th and 7th Chakras... very powerful.

  
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ALso tonybuzzans book improve my memory. It improved me on memorizing things thanks to his book(Master Your Memory Mindset). Its really nice.


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Years ago, I read a study suggesting that right-left hemisphere "crosstalk connections" were more developed in musicians. Not sure whether it implied a predisposition was present, or that it was a matter of training and development.
Unlike other crafts that demand cooperation and coordination of the right hand and the left hand in performing regularly repeated movements, playing a musical instrument requires the two hands to practice and perform in coordination and harmony, within a relatively short span of time, multitudes of different jobs, which (a) keep changing in real time, (b) must comply with numerous given factors, as tempo, dynamics, character of the music and so on, let alone playing with other people in some consort.

This level of complexity of right and left hands working together necessarily challenges the two hemispheres to work in harmony as well.

Now I am not sure anymore if I said anything....


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A nearly trance-like state that musicians particularly recognize as the "instrument playing the musician". Personally, I believe this occurs because both hemispheres are operating at once and in unison. A full awakening of the 6th and 7th Chakras... very powerful.
An exalted, sublime experience that also catches with the enchanted audience...

Does it also alter brain wavelengths? Probably...

In any case, the extent to which a musical instrument may resonate with the performer's body is most amazing and may yield unbelievable experiences, hopefully on a regular basis.    


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An exalted, sublime experience that also catches with the enchanted audience...

Does it also alter brain wavelengths? Probably...

In any case, the extent to which a musical instrument may resonate with the performer's body is most amazing and may yield unbelievable experiences, hopefully on a regular basis.    


Well said, Yaeli  

For me, It did progress-- from fleeting as a young student, to near consistency at a higher level as a professional. I'm sure it's limitless, though I can't imagine being any more "out of body" than what I'd experienced towards the end of my career.

Often, it had to be teased out... "negotiated" due to nervousness or fatigue. I could usually work through it drawing on the energies of other musicians or even the audience if there was a truly participatory vibe. And while being on that wavelength was euphoric and energizing, absent it was truly exhausting. Having been there, it's easy to detect when musicians are forcing their reach.

I know this conversation is somewhat of a departure from the thread, but I think cerebral plasticity means much more than deep concentration or focused attention. Exercises, puzzles, problem solving, human potential...  all engage expansive broadening of awareness and processing.


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Unlike other crafts that demand cooperation and coordination of the right hand and the left hand in performing regularly repeated movements, playing a musical instrument requires the two hands to practice and perform in coordination and harmony, within a relatively short span of time, multitudes of different jobs, which (a) keep changing in real time, (b) must comply with numerous given factors, as tempo, dynamics, character of the music and so on, let alone playing with other people in some consort.

This level of complexity of right and left hands working together necessarily challenges the two hemispheres to work in harmony as well.

Now I am not sure anymore if I said anything....


Makes sense to me, Yaeli.  


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I was watching Chopped and Master Chef, and I thought: An exercise of yet other neurons.

As a chef, standing at one's station day after day demands graceful mobility within one's mental pantry, and a thorough facility with flavors and combinations, textures, colors, cooking methods and times, etc.
These TV programs remind me how rapid one's recall needs to be, especially in a professional context, but similarly in a lower-stakes home kitchen.
Cooks, drawing on this fluency of multiple sense knowledge, are exercising far more "cerebral plasticity" than we/you/they realize, especially if they keep educating themselves into old age, learning new techniques, flavor profiles, and whole cuisines.


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Re: Sudoku:

Sudoku is many different sorts of puzzle, I've found.
First of all, it varies by medium: If you use a computer screen, it's a different game from one you'd play with paper and pen/pencil.
Secondly, the features/ "options" vary on different sites'/programs' boards, so you play differently according to those available, and/or whether or not you use a scratch pad in addition.
Thirdly, you can use a smorgasbord of methods of solution - even on paper.

I find that it comes together for an excellent workout only if I do it on paper.
This is where I discover new avenues to to the answers and, furthermore, discern my own means and flaws, and eradicate them by applying various disciplines.

And I can really feel the kinks being massaged-out by thinking differently.

I had been bored with Sudoku, but I intuited that there were hidden deeper levels to the humble puzzle, and I'm finding them.
If you have such intuitions about it or some other puzzle, try trusting that, using paper and pen/pencil, and following different paths to the same destination. It feels good to make it more difficult and then figure it out.
A little novelty makes a rut a therapeutic challenge.
Like everything else - Make it interesting.  

Another such tweak is: Foreign languages - if anyone else here is multilingual:
Learn another accent or dialect of a foreign language.
Read aloud in Castilian rather than Latin American Spanish, for instance.
Study Canadian French.
Affect the accent or brogue of another region of the UK or US...or parts DownUnder.
Figure out what the heck Shakespeare is saying!
Fun, fun, fun...


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