The Playful Brain: The Surprising Science of How Puzzles Improve Your Mind · Richard Restak and Scott Kim
This book on neuroplasticity explores the potential everyone has to build up each area of the brain in interesting, fun and simple ways. Written by a neuroscientist and a game designer, it suggests that in practicing “mental gymnastics”, new connections are formed in the brain, helping ward off neurological deficits and strengthening memory.
Covering the areas of memory, perception and cognition, the puzzles require minimal preparation and materials. If you become stuck, simply look up the solution, allowing your brain to process the “how”. The challenge is for your mind to absorb the creative and logical steps necessary to problem solve, enabling you to attempt what you may have previously avoided.
The Playful Brain doesn’t require a degree in the sciences to be appreciated or understood, either. It is a rich resource of scientific material laced with hands-on practicality sure to enrich your approach to therapy sessions.
There is even a website: http://theplayfulbrain.com/