Climb a tree to improve working memory

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Climb a tree to improve working memory

2015-08-08 14:45:40

Proprioception is the sense that people have of knowing where the parts of their body are, as Wikipedia says. It is also called kinesthetic sense. You use proprioception when you touch the tip of your nose while keeping your eyes closed or when you run barefoot in a difficult area or when you go up a tree. The new first proofs point to that if you use proprioceptively demanding physical activity, you may make your working memory much better (Alloway & Alloway, 2015).

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Working memory is the very important part of intelligence and IQ. It let you keep some things in mind and better working memory means better intelligence. Our professional computerized cognitive training application, dual-N-back, is the working memory training program. Also mental math training make better and wider working memory.

We are quite certain working memory may be stretched up by strong physical activity. We also know that proprioceptively demanding training, like hard karate, dancing, judo etc. make better for example spatial intelligence (Keinanen et al., 2000; ). Now we have first proof that one form of activity may be much better than other and hard karate or even dancing may be better than jogging or not very hard yoga.

So if you like to make you working memory traning with Brain Scale much better, first attempt some hard physical activity which is proprioceptively demanding, for example climbing, barefoot running back and forward or martial art. Brain is not a separate body part, so you may boost it up by demanding body training. But the strongest effect is when you combine body training with computerized cognitive training we give.

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Alloway, Ross G., and Tracy Packiam Alloway. "The working memory benefits of proprioceptively demanding training: a pilot study." Perceptual & Motor Skills 120.3 (2015): 766-775.

Keinänen, Mia, Lois Hetland, and Ellen Winner. "Teaching cognitive skill through dance: Evidence for near but not far transfer." Journal of Aesthetic Education (2000): 295-306.