Perhaps one of your New Year's resolutions was to get into shape this year. Maybe you even bought a shake-weight and have been using it every day. Well, good luck turning your winter weight into a six-pack before summer. But if you really want to up your game, you may want to start exercising your brain. It isn't surprising that puzzles like Sudoku and KenKen can stimulate your mind but some neuroscientists believe that puzzles can actually improve specific brain functions, increase memory and retention, improve reasoning and three-dimensional visualization skills and even help stave off Alzheimer's. In his new book, The Playful Brain, neuroscientist Richard Sestak digs into the surprising science of how puzzles can keep our brains in tip-top shape. Ready for some mental calisthenics?
Dr. Richard Restak, neuroscientist and author of The Playful Brain: The Surprising Science of how Puzzles Improve Your Mind