Book Review: “Bend Your Brain” by Marbles: The Brain Store

October 20, 2014 at 1:32 pm | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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The Minds Behind Marbles: The Brain Store in their new book “Bend Your Brain book coverBend Your Brain” published by Three Rivers Press gives us 151 Puzzles, Tips, and Tricks to Blow (and Grow) Your Mind.

From the back cover:  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!

Our brains are a muscle and as such they need to be exercised. However we cannot take our brains out and go for a jog or pump iron so what do we do?  The Minds Behind Marbles: The Brain Store have given us the answer with 151 Puzzles, Tips, and Tricks to Blow (and Grow) Your Mind. The games are broken up into five categories, going from easy to hard in each one. The categories consist of: Visual Perception, Word Skills, Critical Thinking, Coordination, and Memory. At the beginning of the book is a little intro into how the brain works and how these games will cause major brain changes and development. Get ready these games are fun but they are challenging which is the point. You will want to play these games more than once so I recommend you photocopy the page you are working on so you leave the book clean for the next go round. This is an excellent gift to give to friends and family and they will really get good use out of it.

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Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for free from Blogging for Books for this review.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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