Jigsaws & Brain Power

Jigsaws & Brain Power

Jigsaw Puzzles Are Good For The Brain
The human mind has two separate hemispheres or lobes, the right and the left, each dealing in different functions.   The right brain deals with emotions and performs tasks holistically being creative, intuitive and emotional.   The left brain functions in a linear and sequential fashion.   While assembling a jigsaw puzzle, you use both sides of the brain.
Working on jigsaw puzzles ensures continuous activity throughout the brain involving all the cells and parts of the brain.   This intense activity activates and exercises brain cells thus increasing their efficiency and capacity .
Several studies have found that people who have been used to doing jigsaw   and/or crossword puzzles and who remained fully active enjoyed a longer lifespan and less likely to fall prey to Alzheimer’s, memory loss, dementia and other diseases of old age.   The brain produces dopamine, a chemical chiefly responsible for learning and memory.   The production of this chemical increases in the brain when it is engaged in piecing together the jigsaw puzzle.
Working on puzzles has many benefits.   It makes us alert, increases our concentration and expands our creativity.   Looking at the images constantly enhances visualization, an aid for any physical activity that succeeds mental activity.   Such activity also affects our physical health by lowering our breathing rate as well as reducing the heart rate and blood pressure.   Working on jigsaw puzzles and focusing on the same image for long periods has been compared to meditation, inducing a certain calm and peace of mind.  
There are immense and long lasting benefits from doing puzzles regularly.   It not only sharpens your memory and improves your brain function, but allows you respite from the clutter of your day-to-day concerns.   With a clearer mind you develop a more positive attitude to life in general.

Jigsaw puzzle therapy for Alzheimer’s sufferers
[June 23, 2009]



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