Do puzzles stimulate neuroplasticity?

If solving puzzles could counter dementia, would you solve more?

Research shows teaching yourself to write opposite-handed or learning a new language can delay the onset of dementia. Those types of mentally demanding activities enable our brains to add neurons and form new synaptic connections, even late in life.

Now that's pretty cool, but can a mentally challenging puzzle stimulate the same neuroplasticity effects?

A quick search of the Internet reveals numerous mentally stimulating activities that may help. These include reading, writing, group discussions, learning a new language, breaking your writing arm, taking a course / higher education, playing music and playing games. Also included are turning off the TV, exercising and eating right.

Clearly, researchers believe mentally engaging activities play a strong role in stimulating neuroplasticity. So, why not solve puzzles and have fun stimulating? Those listed on this site were designed to start easy and progressively increase in complexity. Regardless of whether you believe the research, these puzzle games will definitely make you think. Good luck!

 

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