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Science Asks: Is word search good for your brain?

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  • Science Asks: Is word search good for your brain?

    The important cognitive skill of pattern identification is highlighted by word search problems. In a 2007 article for the Harvard Business Review, Gilkey and Kilts explain the advantages of completing word search puzzles to improve our capacity for pattern identification. The brain's capacity to make sense of and discover order in the facts around us is known as pattern recognition.

    Increased Vocabulary
    According to studies, word searches are a useful tool for teaching a second language. There is always room to increase your vocabulary, even if you don't wish to learn another language. Despite the fact that there are over a million words in the English language, most adults who speak the language have a vocabulary of 20 to 35 thousand words.

    Dopamine and the Brain
    Our brains naturally create dopamine. Dopamine is being hailed as the "reward molecule," and neuroscientists are connecting it to tenacity and a sense of achievement. Our brains release a burst of dopamine as a reward when we complete a task, like locating the words in a word search puzzle. We may maintain our motivation in other parts of our lives by maintaining this dopamine flow.

    All of Us Are Growing Older
    Word search puzzles and other challenges can keep our aging brains in shape. A study indicated that a straightforward cognitive exercise like bingo can help older persons. It was published in the March-April 2001 issue of the "American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias." Both the Alzheimer's Association and the AARP advise including puzzles as part of a healthy lifestyle.

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