Britain’s Best Brain as an example of a complex of exercises for the brain

Author: Ury Smirnov. Category: Let's be smarter. Date:16.03.2012, 17:56.

Below is a browser-based version of the television play Britain’s Best Brain, which was held in the British Channel 5 in October-December 2009.

The participants performed tasks specifically designed by scientists to test different mental abilities and brain function: the speed of arithmetic calculations, short-term memory, pattern recognition, motor coordination, risk assessment. The winner was 29-year-old marketing consultant from London, Matt Clancy, who collected 1040 points out of 1500 possible.

Naturally, this is not the limit. For example, a StereoMaster hints that he managed to get 1166 points. And The Cube even earn 1295. But you can achieve even more – if not drop your hands by typing in the first 300–500 points.

So, feel free to click on the Play Challenges!

There are many games helping to keep the brain fit. Perhaps you when in the mood play some of them. Britain’s Best Brain is good because it is a complex. And to get to the fifth test, you will have to take each time the previous four. That is, you have to purposefully develop the abilities of all five – and this is a big plus. Here is an example of the “adjacent” area: I am now pumped up biceps on the program “100 pushups in 6 weeks”. And do not even have time to take it to the end – as the body is strongly demanded to supplement these studies programs “200 sit-ups” and “200 swings the press”. Well, you know where I’m going.

On the other hand, the browser game Britain’s Best Brain has one defect: a poor set of pictures to pass the second test. Relatively quickly you remember all the pictures by heart – and because from this point long-term memory will turn on, the second test is no longer really work on the development of short-term memory. In this case, as I said, you can not miss the second test to go directly to the third…

However, if you are not irritated with those “little things” you can focus on the development of other games and the race for Champions League records. Hopefully, in any case you will have time to get a taste for complex fitness for the brain. Then you will be easy to pick up from time to time for a suitable set of exercises: there are a huge amount of “smart” mini-games on the Internet. So as the literature on the mechanisms of brain function and development of intellectual and emotional abilities. As well as resources, which experience can be analyzed (in particular, to try to understand on what principle professional neuroscientists and psychologists selected exercises. Addresses of some services – see my post “Fitness for the Brain”).

For example, I picked up on the site Gamesforthebrain.com five mini-games that develop the capacity of roughly the same direction as Britain’s Best Brain.
1. NumberHunt– an analog of test Calculations of the game Britain’s Best Brain.
2. Mastermind– an analog of Memory.
3. Crime Scene– an analog of Recognition.
4. Oooze– a distant analog of Co-ordination.
5. MineHunter(well-known “Minesweeper”) – with great reserve an analogue of Risk.

The most important thing. I hope you will sooner or later ask yourself: how to ensure that fitness for the brain would bring me not only abstract points in intellectual rankings, but real progress in my profession, my business, my hobbies and personal life? That question will be the focus of the column “Let’s be smarter”.

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