Dr Oz: Brain Games
According to Dr Oz, new research confirms that having fun doing new tasks like Brain Games four times per week can have a memory-boosting effect. He said that’s because these tasks stimulate the brain and increase blood flow to it. Learn how Rebus Puzzles, the Stroop Test, or Brain Yoga could help you.
Dr Oz: Brain Tunnel Vision
Dr Oz met Karen, who always forgets where she parked. His suggestion for her was to do puzzles that will help keep the brain working well. He illustrated this to make his point.
Dr Oz showed Karen an image of the numbers 1 through 9. They were all different colors, and Dr Oz asked her to spot the mistake. But when she looked it over, she didn’t see it. The solution was in a line above the numbers, which read: Can you find the mistake?
As Dr Oz explained, once the brain starts going off in a certain direction or thinking it is looking for a particular thing, we can start to lose focus on the other details.
Dr Oz: Rebus Puzzles Build Brain Connections
The next picture Dr Oz had for Karen looked something like this.
H + Ear + T
It is a Rebus Puzzle, and Dr Oz said these are believed to build memory and strengthen brain connections. The solution to this puzzle was the word Heart.
He shared another Rebus Puzzle with her. This time, it was the words AID AID AID, with an arrow pointing at the first word; the solution is First Aid.
Dr Oz: Stroop Test Color Challenge
Dr Oz also put Karen through a color challenge called the Stroop Test, which is meant to work on your ability to focus. He showed her a board that said “Blue,” but the word was written in green. For the Stroop Test, you are supposed to say the color of the text, not what the word actually says.
For the example, the correct answer was green. This test may be harder than you think, but building brain power is always a good plan.
Dr Oz: What is Brain Yoga?
Finally, Dr Oz shared a Brain Yoga exercise that anyone can do at any time. Doing this can help you cement a strong memory, he explained.
Put both your fists in front of you. Stick out the thumb on one hand and the pinky finger on the other hand. Then attempt to switch them simultaneously. These brain teasers are simple enough that you can do them the next time you’re stuck in traffic or waiting in line.