Dakim Blog

November 13, 2008

Neuroplasticity

Written by: Dakim

It used to be, a few decades ago, that scientists thought once we reached adulthood, our brains stopped developing; we could learn, sure, but the physical structure of the brain wouldn’t change; or heal.

Now we know that even in our senior years, the brain is still growing, still forming new neurons, and making new physical connections. That ability to change, to grow, to re-route the pathways even after trauma, is called neuroplasticity.

Because of neuroplasticity, if we continue to stimulate our brains with activity of a variety of types. Mental stimulation allows us to train our brains, including our visual / spatial, auditory, and language abilities, and even our attention and the  “executive” or higher functions like planning and problem-solving.

Dakim’s games are deliberately designed around six cognitive domains, including memory (short-term and long-term), language, calculation, visuospatial-orientation and critical thinking. Sure they’re fun—and often visually stunning—but they make us think, too. And that‘s good for all of our brains.

You can read more about neuroplasticity here, and here’s a helpful glossary of terms.

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