Anybody still do "smart games" to keep your intellect, reasoning abilities, math, and other "WEIRD" cognitive abilities sharp?
Lumosity.com is still my fav, but I've also started implementing logic puzzles.
After getting banged in the head as much as I have, as well as the drinking, I've had to take a proactive stance towards keeping myself cognitively sharp. Anyone else? Who else is dumber now than they were in high school besides me? :D Haha
Any weird stories to tell about bizarre cognitive abilities or accomplishments? Spill the beans! The magic beans!
funny enough I downloaded Lumosity 2 weeks ago after Katalyst mentions it in his testimonial
I've always been a skeptic due to those studies published saying Lumosity doesn't do anything aside from making you better at their games. I'm assuming your expereince has been different J?
Right now other than meditation I use a vocabulary app, I find myself matching my level of speech/vernacular to whoever I'm spending the most time with so sometimes I'll notice my vocab slipping
As far as brain games go I used to use one back in univesity called Dual and back
Unlike many other brain training exercises Dual N-Back is proven to transfer training results to other brain activities. This effect has been confirmed by a number of scientific studies.
We discussed this on the forum quite a bit back in the day:
^ That was one of our biggest discussions aside from some personal competitions Buddhagames and I had concerning a certain little game we liked to play against each other lol.
Dual 'n back is alright, it's just boring as fuck. Which makes it way less effective. Yes I've evidenced quite a bit of improvements/recoveries in all sorts of areas.
I think this should be a daily habit for everyone.
nice, decided to put my skepticism aside and try it for myself anyways
ever mess around with Nootropics?
They pale in comparison to actually utilizing the brain and honing certain cognitive abilities.
Yeah Lumosity is good. MCT oil is known to regenerate the myelin sheath. Making you sharp as shit. Alpha brain is good too from onnit.com
Can see through walls with that stuff and you can sleep with it:)
Interesting. Tried the MCT oil? What'd you notice off alpha brain?
Alpha brain is decent, was taking it back when I was using the sensory deprivation chamber consistently to get the most out of my sessions. What was your experience Batehs? I didn't notice enough of a difference for me to be able to say it wasn't placebo
Its supposed to be improve your learning capacity and how fast you're able to pickpocket a new skill, or when you take it at night it's supposed to give you deeper sleep
Been taking ing a daily dose of fish oil + ps omega 3 and I've noticed a considerable jump in both my long and short term memory recall. Specifically I find myself better able to recognize maladaptive behavioural patterns and make the connection between my own actions and results
Mct oil was good however can make you shit your brains out if you take too much. I found it defo made my mind sharper but I suppose I built up a tolerance for it bc it just was not consistent. After doing more research you are supposed to take small breaks from the oil.
Alpha brain was good for sustainable energy boost throughout the day which by default made my brain sharper. Did not notice a difference with my sleep, however.
Also, cordyceps mushroom powder is supposed to be good for sustainable energy. Can buy it in powder form. Apparently alot of athletes use it. I have some on the way.
Oh and Lions Mane mushroom is also known to repair the myelin sheath and begin neurogenesis. I am taking this stuff and it works really well. Guy named Paul Stamets has been a mycologist since he was like 15, major nerd. Now in his 60’s he has made all kinds of discoveries with mushrooms and he owns a company called “Host Defense”. I bought his pill bottle called the “Stamets 7”. 7 different mushroom powders in one pill and its an immunity builder and includes Lions Mane. Definitely worth researching.
Mmkay.. did any of you guys do logic puzzles and/or lumosity long-term?
Well... you guys are clearly way more hardcore about this stuff than I am lol, but i have a few things that have helped me. I have not tried the originally posted brain games or logic puzzles, but will give those a try. However, for a long time my short term memory was about as bad as a 80 year old man. Few things that have helped.
-Cortisol control: More so than anything i have run into, being able to effectively lower your cortisol levels are key for memory. I was so stressed for a number of years that i developed a chronic condition called CPPS. Basically i worried myself into such a fit for years that my muscles started seizing up... not good lol. Most of this was due to insanely high levels of cortisol in my body all of the time. The obvious things help such as exercise, stretching, yoga, mediitiation, etc. The big key for me though was i realized i fall into the 50%+ of Americans who have a serious magnesium deficiency. Magnesium deficiency is one of the leading causes of stress and anxiety for almost all Americans. Rathern than treating that people suck down perscriptions pills... which is just crazy. Even eating super clean all the time, i was way under my daily recomended levels. When i started taking a simple supplement for it my stress levels dropped and my memory really started to improve
-Fish oil: Its fish oil, everyone knows what it does, but if you dont take it, you should lol
Slick how did you find out you have a mag deficiency
Well, 2 ways. First, i just looked at my diet and realized i was wayyyy off on the amounts of food i needed to get the necessary levels for a male in my age bracket(300-400mg per day). The multivitamin i took only had about 20% of that daily total and i knew I wasn’t getting 80% from food as I’m not a freaking rabbit. I try and get blood work once a year just to ensure all my levels are good and i asked my doctor prior of they could test for that, which he said was not an issue. He openly told me though that based on me just reading up on it and also knowing my overall symptoms (super high stress, on and off spurts of anxiety), that he was sure i was probably low.
After that i simply just bought a once a day supplement for it to balance on what i was missing and i can truthfully say it did wonders for me. Sleep was WAY better, less stressed, just felt more balanced. Its like $8 at GNC for a 60 day supply, worth every penny.
I would encourage everyone to read up a little bit on it and supplement it if you dont feel you are getting enough. Its not some miracle supplement, however i am a pretty big health nut, and its one of the few I swear by that you will feel different after consuming
Used Alpha Brain for the LSAT the second time around. Made a huge jump in test scores between a prep course + alpha brain + taking care of myself ( no drinking for 3 months ). I felt alpha brain made my mind noticeably sharper, dreams were crazy vivid as well.
Been doing lumosity for a week now. I'm already a genius so not sure if it'll help. :p
Logic puzzles however are the shit if you want to get brainier and see things more analytically than anything. I never did any long term to be able to say "Oh man my IQ jumped 3 points because of logic puzzles" but I will say there a better past time then video games or anything of the sort. I also dabbled in Sudoku for about a month last year and that was crazy fun. Also, chess, love chess.
Jon you ever heard of self authoring? It's a program by Jordan Peterson
you write out your past, present, and future in excruciating detail focusing on the emotional aspects of each period of your life.
he ran two classes, one were he made the students complete the self authoring program and one without. The group that had completed SA in tandem with their course scored 30% higher on average than the control group.
it also goes back to what you were saying about being a writer and allowing that skill to flesh out the emotional aspect of things more.
Not really a brain game but something of similar vain
I kinda miss the point of these kinda puzzles. Ofcourse if you do these puzzles you'll get better at them, but what does that really accomplish? Sure you might score higher at an IQ test. But all that means is that you're better at doing what an IQ test measures, namely your IQ. This is not your general intelligence. There's this saying within psychology: "IQ is that which an IQ test measures."
I'd rather learn new knowledge, write or learn a new language. Other more productive means of keeping your intellect sharp I'd say.
^ Yep definitely nothing against that mang.
You will enjoy this probably do. You can do anything that interests there.
If you want to do them for enjoyment that's great but I think it's been shown that these brain games probably don't do much more than get you better at brain games. https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/brain-waves/201707/do-brain-changin...
Expanding and stretching your mind through these other means has been proven to keep away the alzheimers etc, and also have additional social and health benefits that will compound over time:
Language: Duolingo, Memrise, Babbel etc
Music: Learn to read music and practice guitar daily etc
Care to try to explain the casual mechanism behind why one works to improve your brain power and longevity and the other does not?
Okay but there are other cognitive skills they don't seem to be accounting for, stuff you cannot test in a lab, shit these nerds are not qualified to evaluate. What about under duress? What about high-intensity situations? Everything changes then. And I'd want to look at their control groups, their samplings. I imagine there'd be a lot of similarities they hadn't considered that would skew their results.
I'll say this, any sort of high-intensity training program I put together would definitely feature games from Lumosity. There are mechanical, spatio-visual and directional bearing skills several of those games develop and hone fantastically. But I think there is a lot of other potential as well.
You will enjoy this probably do. You can do anything that interests there.
The human animal is a relatively dumb bitch. You have to train it. Essentially we are all walking around like simpletons not accessing or utilizing our full potential. So really any exploration of our mental and/or creative faculties is HUGE. I'm still learning to do shit I'd never thought I'd do as a kid. And I love it. It is what we're supposed to be doing with life. Allz y'allz are just some laaaazy, scurred bitches.
Just got a monthly subscription. Sufice to say my 1st day results are shite. But give it a month and I'm going to drop my results in this thread
This is amazing. I've become attuned to something the past month. ALL unconsciousness is fear. I noticed I still have chunks of time in my day where I go unconscious.
Fear is such an underlying factor. Procrastination is fear. Doing something on your list of tasks when there's a higher priority is fear. Lying and deceiving yourself is fucking fear. Living your life based in paradigms that are not of your own choosing but rather those that were given to you as a child is fear. It's like the fear overtakes and paralyzes us until we forcibly snap ourselves back into consciousness.
Changing our relationship to fear. Using it as an internal guide for bettering ourselves and expanding our comfort zone continously is really what it's there for. The ego-purification process you spoke about.
There is never a point in time where you will not be scared, the only thing to do is change what fear means to you and accept it for what it is rather than letting it have any semblance of control over you.
One path is salvation and conciousness. The other is resigning to what you know is mediocrity, literally damnation because you've failed to meet your OWN bar. Nobody knows what your bar is except for you.
I also got this quote from the forum, but goddamn is it ever good.
“I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.”