I came across this article and wondered about the implications. With all the negative press about athletes using performance-enhancing drugs for their line of work/play, how many of us see our brains like we do our muscles? I have personal convictions that our brains can be exercised just like the rest of our bodies, and if people truly saw our physical bodies as something to be cherished and used appropriately, the competitive edge would be based on the greater good of people and less selfish.
With that said, how do we best exercise our brain muscle(s)? I’ve been using the Nintendo DS for the last 2 years or so, and I only play puzzle games for that fact. It’s nice to be able to run a few levels of a game before retiring for the night, solve a sudoku puzzle in Brain Age. Am I smarter because of it? Maybe. I get plenty of mental exercise at work, but for those of us who may not have mentally challenging days (or have the wrong types of mental challenges) it may be a great way to break away and justify playing a game or two.
And for those who want to know, my current brain age is 27.