399 Games Puzzles and Trivia Challenges Specifically Designed to Keep Your Brain Young – by Nancy Linde


399 Games Puzzles and Trivia Challenges Specifically Designed to Keep Your Brain Young by Nancy Linde

Paperback: 424 pages

Publisher: Workman Publishing Company (Sept. 25 2012)

ISBN-13: 978-0761168256

Synopsis: Based on the science that shows that people middle-aged or older who solve word games and brainteasers have a significant cognitive advantage over those who do not, 399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia Challenges is the illustrated game book specifically created to cross-train the brain. Here are 399 games to stretch, challenge, and push the reader, all of which stimulate the formation of neurons—literally, regrowing the brain.

Plus they’re not only good for you, but just plain good—these games are fun. 399 Games, Puzzles & Trivia is a lively mix of challenges, riddles, and brainteasers—all vetted by a neuroscientist who specializes in aging brains and designed to work the six key areas of cognitive function that are vulnerable in normal aging: long-term memory, working memory, executive functioning, attention to detail, multitasking, and processing speed. The games are arranged from easiest to most difficult and are labeled according to which cognitive functions they exercise so they can be mixed and matched into a custom “workout.” In just 15 minutes a day, anyone can improve his brain’s strength, flexibility, and long-term health.

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If you are looking for a fun puzzle book, you have found one. 399 Games includes 399 different types of games, puzzles and trivia challenges! But these aren’t just boring mindless games – they are games, puzzles and challenges  made specifically to help keep your brain young! The introduction of this book is fairly scientific as it explains the brain and how/why these puzzles, games and trivia challenges help to keep your brain young. I found this part to be nice added touch that showed there is a scientific background to how this book will help keep you brian young.  

I have to say, my favourite part was the brain teaser graphics; these are graphics that have a hidden meaning or phrase that you have to decipher! However, many of the games that had little to no instruction, which was an issue for a few as I wasn’t sure what to do to complete them. But there are answers at the back, which come in handy if you are stuck.

These games/puzzles/trivia challenges are great to do individually and in groups. The book is published in a softcover shell that helps keep the book relatively light in weight and the paper is nice quality (not newsprint or low quality paper) creating a smooth surface to use pencil if you prefer.

A little warning to any Canadians: this is a highly American based book. Much of the trivia and puzzles are based on American knowledge (history, culture, politics, etc).

Rating: 7.5/10

*I received this book from Thomas Allen & Sons in exchange for an honest review*

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