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Subject: Keep your brain HEALTHY!!! rss

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Sean Shaw
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Okay, it was just a very SHORT portion of an article on ways to keep the brain healthy...found here

http://health.msn.com/nutrition/articlepage.aspx?cp-document...;1=31036

However it did mention one portion of which I'm certain many here are actively participating in...

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Medical experts recommend 30 minutes of physical activity a day; teaching the brain new things by playing games, learning new languages or taking up hobbies; and eating a diet rich in brain-enhancing nutrients including omega-3s and fruits and vegetables.



Just was reading through it and found it sort of relavant...Now when people ask me why I play so many games I'll just tell them I'm keeping my brain healthy!
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Here's another; it says that for prevention of dementia, board games work better than exercise:

http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/abstract/348/25/2508

And a favourite scientific endorsement of Go in particular:

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science?_ob=ArticleURL&_udi=B6S...

Also, brains have plasticity! (A fact, incidentally, which I'm pretty sure is under-appreciated.) I take this, combined with research like the above, as evidence that what we call "challenging" games in particular are beneficial.

For example, I'm pretty sure that the neural pathways required by Minesweeper are well enough established for me so that it's not developing my brain any more. While playing Go, on the other hand, I frequently find myself thinking "This game is too difficult. ...What on earth is going on". And so I suppose it is developing that grey matter! The fact that many dan and pro players express a similar sense of the abyss in the game promises me it'll be a life-long brain exercise!


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