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Behavior Change and Filling Out a Help Ticket for Your Brain

27 May

When my website, Cranium Crunches, is acting funny I go through a checklist of everything I know how to fix and then, if things still aren’t working as well as I want, I go to my web host and fill out a Help Ticket.

That Help Ticket asks me to pick a type of problem, drill down a little further, and then asks for some details so the kindly tech people on the other end can diagnose and make suggestions.

Hmmmmm…..A behavior change leads to personal problem solving and if after exhausting all avenues the issue is still unresolved, that leads to reaching out for help.

Pretty simple model and one that can be applied to everyday life. I bet you know where I am going…this just might be a useful tool for brain health.

Creating a Help Ticket sounds pretty simple — pick a category and then describe the problem.  The only real challenge is creating that list of categories and making sure those categories fit problems that users (in this case you) might find important.

A little crowd sourcing is in order!  I need your help to figure out the categories to sort out the most pressing brain issues and put them in a form so you can submit a Help Ticket for your brain!

Read the question, select one answer (click it and fill in the radio button), and then select Vote.

In the past two days, have you had trouble pulling out the right word or name?

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Can you describe what you had for dinner last night?

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Do you know what you intended to do when you sat down at your computer today?

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Can you identify three specific things that are "top of mind" for you right now?

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And… what, dear friends, did I miss?

Together let’s create a Help Ticket for the brain — one that is relevant and will lead to identifying resources, exercises, and lifestyle swaps that just might make a difference in how you function!

Game of the Week: Find the Difference in a big city

28 May

I read this stat in a SharpBrains report the other day: by 2020, the brain enhancement industry might be a  $10 billion (yes billion with a B) dollar industry.   That is huge and something those in the industry should look at with respect and exhibit integrity when developing new products.   More on responsibility later – today let’s talk about being real and honest about what a game, a puzzle, or a “training” program can do.

One of the issues that brain training critics bring up time after time is this:  training is narrow and can not be “generalized” to other situations. In other words, they claim that there is no proof that the skills that you are working on in a narrow exercise or game will work outside that exercise or game.  That may be true.

There are some things we do know.

  • Enjoying yourself is good for you because you release health promoting chemicals.
  • Challenging yourself and focusing your attention on tasks helps keep neural pathways active, open, and nourished.
  • When you practice a strategy and you succeed, you are more likely to use that strategy.
  • When you stretch your limits and succeed you gain confidence in your ability to face a mental challenge and that, without question, is good for you — mind, body, and soul.

We try so hard to remember all those things when we create puzzles.  Cranium Crunches photo based puzzles allow you to practice specific, focused, thinking skills in scenes that might just look like your life. We choose photos that summon images, emotions, dialogues — simulate what you might see, hear, and feel during the course of a day.  We insert strategies and vary the challenge.

Enough talk…let’s play.  These photos were taken in the heart of the city — the first set in San Francisco and the second in Boston.  The final set is from our nation’s capital.  In these Find the Difference puzzles, your task is to find 5 changes from one photo to the next.  If you get stuck try employing a strategy.

San Francisco Toys


Louis Hotel


Brick Storefront

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