Brain Bender helps improve cognitive control and reaction time.|
Click the button that corresponds to the color of the word, not the word itself. This really throws your brain for a loop!
To begin, click the Small, Medium, or Large link under the picture at left. This opens the game in a pop-up window.
After the game loads, click the "PLAY" button.
Four buttons are shown on the screen: Blue, Green, Red, and Yellow. Click the button that corresponds to the color of the word flashing on the screen.
Your goal is to get as high a score as possible by clicking the correct button at the correct moment.
HOW TO PLAY. Click the "Play" button to begin the game and start the 45-second timer. Each correct click increases your score by one.
This is tricky, because the flashing word is the name of a different color than the one you are supposed to click. You need to click the color of the button that matches the color of the flashing word.
That's what makes this a brain game! You have to separate in your mind the meaning and the color of the flashing word. That's the cognitive control part of it.
The reaction time part is trying to do it faster and faster without making too many errors.
Each time you click the wrong button, you lose a point. So if you try to go too fast and you lose your concentration, your score will go down.
See how high a score you can get with Brain Bender. Have fun!
Improving your "cognitive control" means increasing your ability to suppress automatic reactions to stimuli. In other words, you get better at following the directions rather than simply reacting to what is shown on the screen (which in this game are two different things).
"Reaction time" is more obvious. Improving reaction time means you learn to react quicker to things that happen on the screen. This translates to quicker mental reaction time in your everyday life.
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