Thursday, September 11, 2014

Bend Your Brain: 151 Puzzles, Tips, and Tricks to Blow (and Grow) Your Mind Paperback by Marbles: The Brain Store

Book Description:  Want to get your frontal cortex breaking a sweat? Make your blood pump to your cerebellum? Stretch your occipital lobe to its limits?

Then you need to bend your brain! This first book from the team behind Marbles: The Brain Store, a chain devoted to building better brains, offers puzzles and brain teasers to help enhance memory, build problem-solving skills, and reduce stress.
Since Marbles started helping people play their way to a healthier brain, they've sold, solved, and been stumped by more than their fair share of puzzles. Along the way, they've learned which puzzles tie people in knots (not in a good way) and which ones make the neurons downright giddy. With the help of their in-house team of BrainCoaches and access to cutting-edge neuroscience, they've designed these puzzles to keep your mind flexible and fit.
        Arranged in five key brain categories—visual perception, word skills, critical thinking, coordination, and memory—Bend Your Brain offers a variety of puzzles ranging from mind-warming (easy) to mind-blowing (hard!):

·  Connecting the dots? More like working your spatial-orientation skills.
·  Identifying famous smiles? Flexing your visual memory.
·  Taking a closer look at your keyboard? Coding, storing, and retrieving.
·  Word-doku? Summoning cognitive abilities like appraisal, inference, impulse control, and evaluation.
·  Word scrambles? Tapping your brain’s association areas.

Your brain is your most important muscle, so let the brain-building begin!

My Thoughts:  We are a family who enjoys "stretching our minds."  So the brain benders in this book were right up our alley!
This book has five sections: visual perception, word skills, critical thinking, coordination and memory...our favorite section was critical thinking.  We enjoyed doing the exercises in the other areas but critical thinking really got us to thinking. {smile}
There are 151 puzzles, some can be cut out but most are done in the mind or on paper.
This is not a book for youngsters, well, unless they are a genius.  We found that most of these mind bender puzzles are for this about 12 years and older.  A very smart ten or eleven might understand the puzzles.
We found this a fun book to do after homework and before our bedtime rituals.  We also found it a hard book to put down...just one more puzzle, please!
This book would make a wonderful gift for the puzzle lover in your family or for someone who may be housebound and enjoys learning.

*This book was provided for review by Waterbrook/Multnomah*

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Three Rivers Press (August 19, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080414009X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804140096

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