Want to get your frontal cortex breaking a sweat? Make your blood pump to your cerebellum? Stretch your occipital lobe to its limits?
Then you need to bend your brain! This first book from the team behind Marbles: The Brain Store, a chain devoted to building better brains, offers puzzles and brain teasers to help enhance memory, build problem-solving skills, and reduce stress.
Since Marbles started helping people play their way to a healthier brain, they’ve sold, solved, and been stumped by more than their fair share of puzzles. Along the way, they’ve learned which puzzles tie people in knots (not in a good way) and which ones make the neurons downright giddy. With the help of their in-house team of BrainCoaches and access to cutting-edge neuroscience, they’ve designed these puzzles to keep your mind flexible and fit.
Arranged in five key brain categories—visual perception, word skills, critical thinking, coordination, and memory—Bend Your Brain offers a variety of puzzles ranging from mind-warming (easy) to mind-blowing (hard!):
· Connecting the dots? More like working your spatial-orientation skills.
· Identifying famous smiles? Flexing your visual memory.
· Taking a closer look at your keyboard? Coding, storing, and retrieving.
· Word-doku? Summoning cognitive abilities like appraisal, inference, impulse control, and evaluation.
· Word scrambles? Tapping your brain’s association areas.
Your brain is your most important muscle, so let the brain-building begin!
I was excited to read this book because I enjoy puzzles that make you think. After reading it, I think it is a nice book, but not exactly what I was expecting.
The best part about this book is the graphics. The patterns are vibrant and eye-catching and the different fonts always keep your eyes busy. I also enjoyed the way the book was organized into different sections, with each section progressing from easier puzzles to warm-up your mind and then moving to more complicated puzzles to stretch your mind.
The thing I liked the least about this book is that I wish it had more brain teasers to stretch the way your mind thinks. I was expecting a book that had some riddles or word problems. The puzzles in the book seemed more visually challenging than mentally challenging, in my opinion. I was also a little disappointed to find some of the puzzles were similar to games on the internet, such as identify the logos of famous brands.
Bend Your Brain is still an interesting book that would appeal to a lot of people, especially people that want to develop their visual perception skills. It would make a good gift for that someone who is impossible to buy for because they already have everything else. I’m also using some of the puzzles in the classroom with my students in an effort to encourage non-linear thinking. They really seem to enjoy the Wordies puzzles.
Overall, I think there is a market for this kind of book. However, I was a little disappointed.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Blogging for Books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.