Deans' stroke musings

Changing stroke rehab and research worldwide now.Time is Brain!Just think of all the trillions and trillions of neurons that DIE each day because there are NO effective hyperacute therapies besides tPA(only 12% effective). I have 493 posts on hyperacute therapy, enough for researchers to spend decades proving them out. These are my personal ideas and blog on stroke rehabilitation and stroke research. Do not attempt any of these without checking with your medical provider. Unless you join me in agitating, when you need these therapies they won't be there.

What this blog is for:

Shortly after getting out of the hospital and getting NO information on the process or protocols of stroke rehabilitation and recovery I started searching on the internet and found that no other survivor received useful information. This is an attempt to cover all stroke rehabilitation information that should be readily available to survivors so they can talk with informed knowledge to their medical staff. It's quite disgusting that this information is not available from every stroke association and doctors group.
My back ground story is here:http://oc1dean.blogspot.com/2010/11/my-background-story_8.html

Thursday, June 1, 2017

This Game Makes Your Cortex Thicker, Improves Brain Efficiency, Study Finds - Tetris

I would take this with a grain of salt. But if you want to defy your doctor that is totally up to you, depending on what stroke protocols your doctor already has you doing to improve your brain efficiency.
http://www.spring.org.uk/2017/06/game-cortex-thicker.php?omhide=true


The video game that improves brain efficiency.
Tetris — the retro block-puzzle-game — can increase the thickness of the cortex and brain efficiency, research finds.
The study involved 26 adolescent girls playing Tetris for 30 minutes a day over a three-month period.
They were compared to a control group.
At the end, brain scans showed a thicker cerebral cortex in those who had been playing Tetris.
The cortex is the area of the brain linked to higher functions such as memory, attention and planning.
Dr Rex Jung, a neuropsychologist who co-authored the study, said:
“One of the most surprising findings of brain research in the last five years was that juggling practice increased gray matter in the motor areas of the brain.
We did our Tetris study to see if mental practice increased cortical thickness, a sign of more gray matter.
If it did, it could be an explanation for why previous studies have shown that mental practice increases brain efficiency.
More gray matter in an area could mean that the area would not need to work as hard during Tetris play.”
One mystery emerged from the study, though.
The cortex thickened in areas that were not related to increasing efficiency.
It is as if you lifted weights with your arms and your leg muscles got bigger.
Dr Richard Haier, who co-authored the study, said:
“We were excited to see cortical thickness differences between the girls that practiced Tetris and those that did not.
But, it was surprising that these changes were not where we saw more efficiency.
How a thicker cortex and increased brain efficiency are related remains a mystery.”
Bear in mind, though, that practising Tetris typically only makes you better at Tetris, and possibly other similar computer games.
Psychologists have found relatively little evidence that this sort of improvement is transferable to other tasks.

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