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This fascinating video may challenge your ideas about intelligence. It’s called “Battle of the Brains” and explores the different types of intelligence that can be found in different people. There are 7 people in the challenge: a fighter pilot, a dramatist, a quantum physicist, an artist, a chess grandmaster, a musical prodigy and a Wall Street trader. Who comes out on top? Start with the link below and enjoy the drama of  “Battle of the Brains”!

5 Tips for Finding Good Brain Training Resources

brain training websiteAnytime a great new idea comes on the scene, it is inevitably followed by a herd of experts all claiming that they have the best resource for you. But how can you tell which one is telling the truth?

Brain training is no exception to this principle. It’s new, it’s exciting and it is yielding amazing results in people with learning struggles. There are lots of new brain training resources popping up every day, and their claims are not always consistent, or easy to understand. When it comes to your child’s future, you need a clear answer. So what do you do? Here are five tips that we hope will help you decide which resources to pay attention to and which to take with a grain of salt.

Tip #1: Investigate.  Search for information. Check out the reputation of the resource in question. Anyone can make a program sound great with clever marketing copy. But real results are hard to fake. So, take into account the background and credentials of the company. Call the company and ask to be connected with real people who have been helped by their program. Search around to find out whether your resource is credible.

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Thank Your Mom for Those Piano Lessons: The Amazing Link Between Music and Cognition

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summer slideFor years, moms have been making their kids take summertime piano lessons. Not surprisingly, moms know best: it turns out those piano lessons may have helped you more than you realize. Over the summer, students typically lose over 22% of  what they learned the previous year. They call it “summer slide” and Kim Bellini, director of the LearningRx center in The Woodlands, Texas, has seen it firsthand.

In a recent article, Bellini says “Speaking from my experience as a teacher, we typically spend the first six to eight weeks of the school year helping students relearn what they forgot over the summer. It’s just like working out muscles – you have to keep your brain trained.”

So, how can we keep kids’ brains in shape and avoid summer slide? Here’s one way that might surprise you.

Summer Slide – A Smart (and Musical) Idea

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Test your logic and reasoning skills – Here are the answers

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Last time, we posted a few puzzles to test your logic and reasoning skills. In this post, you can find out how you did! Below are the answers to the three quiz questions, and an explanation of how each answer is achieved.

logic-and-reasoning-skillsLogic and Reasoning Skills: Quiz Answers

  1. The first answer is found by visualizing the 5 men standing in a line, and remembering each of their names. Then, moving the last three men up to the front of the line, and keeping track of their order. Do that three times, and here is what you get. First, they are standing in this order: Paul, Ben, Andy, Dave, Tim. Move the last three to the beginning of the line (keeping them in consecutive order) and you have: Andy, Dave, Tim, Paul, Ben. Do it one more time and you have: Tim, Paul, Ben, Andy, Dave. Do it one last time and you wind up with: Ben, Andy, Dave, Tim, Paul. Therefore, Dave is in the middle of the line, and Dave is the correct answer. This puzzle takes not only logic and reasoning skills, but also visualization and reading comprehension skills.
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Try our logic and reasoning skill tests!

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logic-and-reasoning-skill-testAny logic and reasoning skill test is designed to see how well you handle and solve problems, using logic. Logic & Reasoning is one of the brain’s cognitive skills. When this skill is strong, logical thinking comes naturally, although logic, like math, still must be taught. A person with weak logic and reasoning skills will have a harder time grasping logical concepts and approaching problems logically in order to solve them with minimal frustration. A logic and reasoning skill test can give you an idea of the strength or weakness of this area of your brain.

Logic and Reasoning Skill Test: Try A Few Logic Puzzles

Five men (Paul, Ben, Andy, Dave and Tim) are all standing in a line. The last three men in line move simultaneously to the front of the line with their order maintained. If this procedure were repeated two more times, which man would end up in the middle of the line?

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