Speed up Your Mind Power with Puzzle Games
Puzzles have existed in various forms since ancient times. Riddles are mentioned in several religious texts and the magic squares were introduced in China in 700 BCE.
Modern puzzles like the jigsaw puzzle were invented in 1767, crossword in 1913, and the Rubik’s cube in 1974. While the benefits of puzzles in developing the physical and cognitive brain skills in children are already established, there are also several benefits of puzzles for adults. Here are some of the ways how puzzles are good for your brain:
Exercises Both Sides of the Brain
The two hemispheres of the brain control various different functions of the body. While the left side controls analytical thinking, the right side controls creativity. When you involve yourself in puzzles, you engage both sides simultaneously exercising and sharpening your skills in a mental workout.
Working on puzzles reinforces the connection between brain cells improving short-term and long-term memory. Games like jigsaw puzzles require you to completely rely on your memory and visualization. Studies show that puzzles can help in the growth of new brain connections that reduce brain damage in Alzheimer’s patients.
Improved Problem-Solving Skills
Solving puzzles improves your approach towards a problem in real life. Almost any puzzle can improve or contribute to your problem-solving skills in real life and help you try various approaches to find the right solution. A better approach ensures better chances of success during a crisis.
Improves Visual Reasoning
When you are solving a jigsaw puzzle, you need to be able to look at individual pieces of the picture distinctly to be able to solve it successfully. These exercises improve your visual reasoning skills and translate to being a better driver and also improve your reflexes and sense of space. These exercises at a young age can be extremely beneficial for children to have a better perception of spaces.