Dr Oz: Brain Games Boost Memory
Dr Oz explained that there’s a lot of new research out there that shows performing new and fun tasks, such as playing brain games, four times a week can boost your memory. He explained that while you play brain games, your brain is getting more blood flow because you’re stimulating the brain.
Dr Oz welcomed Karen, who shared that she can never remember where she parks her car. First, Dr Oz suggested keeping your brain sharp with puzzles. He explained that different puzzles can exercise different parts of your brain. He showed the numbers 1-9, each a different color, and asked Karen what was wrong with the picture. She looked at it, just as I did, and couldn’t find the mistake. It turns out the line above the numbers said “Can you find the the mistake?” Got it?
Dr Oz said once our brains are headed in a certain direction, we often don’t focus on anything else.
Dr Oz: Rebus Puzzles
Dr Oz then showed a picture that had an H then a plus sign, then a picture of an ear, then another plus sign, then a T, and asked Karen to put it together. It was a rebus puzzle, which Dr Oz explained may build extra brain connections to help with memory.
Karen completely missed it but I got it: it says heart!
He then showed her a picture of the word aid written out three times, with an arrow pointing to the first one, to signal “first aid.”
Dr Oz: Stroop Test To Challenge Focus
Next, Dr Oz explained that you can do what’s called a Stroop Test, which is a color test that challenges your focus. He held up a board with the word blue on it, but it was written in green. She had to tell Dr Oz what color the word was in, no matter what the word said. So for that board, the correct answer would be green. I said them all right except for the last one!
Dr Oz: Brain Yoga
Next, Dr Oz had Karen, as well as everyone in the audience, hold up two fists, and then stick out a thumb on one side and a pinky on the other. Then, spontaneously switch them. I had a really hard time with this exercise!
It’s an exercise in the form of brain yoga which may help form a stronger memory of an event.