Dr. Kawashima is also the hero of
Nintendo's Brain Age
Why should you train your
This book (Train Your Brain More:
60 Days to an Even Better Brain:
Better Brainpower, Better Memory, Better
Creativity) is a follow-up to Train Your Brain: 60 Days to a Better Brain. I've received lots of letters from readers
since the first book came out, and I'm delighted to know that
people all over the world are now making these drills a regular
part of their daily routine. To keep things fresh, we have made
one change to the format of the exercises. We have included some
simple division problems for you to solve as you work through
your daily brain-training exercises. Brain function naturally
begins to deteriorate after our twenties, just like our physical
and muscular strength gradually weaken as we age. However, just
as you can maintain your physical strength if you exercise
regularly, you can keep your brain power from deteriorating by
providing daily stimulation for your brain.
In my neuroscience lab, I developed the exercises in this book
in order to activate the largest regions of the brain. These
brain health exercises increase the delivery of oxygen, blood,
and various amino acids to the prefrontal cortex. The result is
more neurons and neural connections, which are characteristics
of a healthy brain.
Who is this book for?
Adults with the following symptoms:
* Increasing forgetfulness
* Difficulty remembering people's names, spelling words, or
Adults who wish
to work on the following:
* Memory skills
* Communication skills
* Slowing the mental effects of aging
How can you keep your
In order to maintain your physical health, you have to (1)
exercise regularly, (2) eat healthily and (3) sleep well. In
like manner, in order to keep your brain healthy, you need to
(1) exercise your brain regularly, (2) eat healthily and (3)
sleep well. As an adult, you are responsible for your own diet
and sleep on a daily basis. This book is exclusively designed to
help you get used to also training your brain everyday.
Simple calculations really work!
While browsing through the workbook, you may notice it consists
only of simple calculations. Some of you may be wondering why an
adult, who is intellectually active at work and at home, would
need to do such elementary school-level math. Through my
research I found that simple calculations activate the brain
more effectively than any other activity. I also discovered that
the best way to activate the largest regions of the brain was to
solve these calculations quickly. That is why I have created the
easy-to-solve problems you see in the workbook
to help you Train Your Brain!
Calculation and oral reading exercises are the optimal
training methods according to the latest brain research.
My latest research proved that reading aloud, solving simple
calculations, and writing activate the brain most effectively.
Brain training boosted the ability to remember by twenty
My research team carried out research with elementary school
students. We counted how many words they could memorize within
two minutes and found that, on average, they could memorize 8.3
words (the equivalent figure for adults is 12.2). When we
conducted the same test after a two minute calculation exercise,
the average word count remember increased to 9.8 and after two
minutes of reading out loud the average increased to 10.1. Our
results show that these exercises boosted the children's ability
to remember by more than twenty percent.
The calculation and reading aloud exercises acted as a warm-up
for the students, allowing them to perform better on the word
Simple calculation and oral reading exercises alleviated
symptoms of dementia.
My team also conducted an experiment with twelve dementia
Alzheimer type patients. We gave our patients a ten-minutes-a-day writing and oral reading exercise and a
ten-minutes-a-day calculation exercise to be performed two to
five days a week. Cognitive and prefrontal cortex function of
non-participant subjects that did not do the calculation and
oral reading exercises deteriorated during the six-month follow
up. However, with participant subjects that did do the
exercises, we succeeded in preventing deterioration of their
cognitive function, as well as improving their prefrontal cortex
This is an exceptional achievement on a global scale -- rarely
has the deterioration of the cognitive function of dementia
Alzheimer type patients been slowed or diminished.