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When it comes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, staying mentally active is just as important as regular physical exercise. Just as physical exercise helps your muscles to grow stronger, mental exercise through brain training supports a strong brain. In fact, it has been proven that a well-trained brain can enhance attentiveness, alertness, productivity, problem-solving skills, spatial recognition, verbal abilities, safer driving, and memory. But did you know that brain training can also help you avoid brain strain?
What is Brain Strain?
At some point in our lives, we have all suffered from mental fatigue or brain strain. Mental fatigue is a condition where the brain cells become fatigued after periods of stress or after performing mentally challenging tasks, like learning a new language or working on complex mathematical equations. In our world, we call it brain strain!
Brain Training for Enhanced Vision
There are games designed to stimulate “neural reprogramming” and can help improve vision, thinking, memory, and even intelligence by changing the brain – or “training” it.
Brain training uses the repetitive practice of particular visual tasks to train the brain to more efficiently see and comprehend stimuli. In one study, researchers showed significant visual improvement of 16 young adults and 16 seniors after five sessions of behavioral exercises. After the training, participants were able to identify more letters correctly on a standard eye chart, and showed improvement in contrast sensitivity—the ability to differentiate shades of light to dark to recognize where an object ends and another begins.
Brain Training and Visual Processing
The brain processes visual information in many ways. The ability to see things quickly and process visual information is important for learning, memory, and safety. By understanding how to use the visual system effectively, our brains can better respond to and interpret the visual information it receives from the eyes and thus decreases brain strain.
Brain training can improve the way that the brain processes visual information, says University of California Riverside (UCR) researchers. In a recent two-month study, UCR baseball players used a screen-based program to find particular patterns designed specifically to stimulate visual cortex neurons. As the training progressed, these patterns dimmed, causing the participants to increase their focus and concentration. After training, participants demonstrated a 31 percent improvement in visual acuity, contrast sensitivity, and peripheral vision, as well as a significant increase in on-field performance.
In our technologically advanced age, more and more people are experiencing brain strain from external stimuli – leading to digital eye strain. This can lead to eye discomfort, fatigue in your shoulders and neck and headaches! Make sure you take the time to train your brain – avoiding brain strain and related eye strain.