Have you ever played a Mind Game?
If you’ve ever fiddled with a jigsaw puzzle or worked on a crossword, the answer is yes. One of the latest Mind Gaming opportunities that’s open to everyone is the Red Bull Mind Gamers platform.
As we do in sports, we only train our brain's potentials by challenging it.
On one hand it's about finding out which skills we are good at, on the other hand it's also about finding out which ones we can still grow.
Featuring online challenges for six mind skills – logic, strategy, creativity, visual thinking, musical intelligence and memory – the platform serves up innovative games for fun, to provoke thinking and to train the brain’s potential.
WHAT ARE THOSE SKILLS ABOUT?
Enables players to reason, form ideas, and solve problems. This area has to do with logic, abstractions, reasoning, numbers and critical thinking. Games that challenge logical skills could include elements like abstract symbols, logical problems, formulas, complex operations, pattern recognition, connections among complex components and cause and effect relationships.
Read more about LOGIC here.
Strategic thinking is a mental process applied by players in the context of understanding implications of strategic actions to their success in the game. In some cases players create a mental model of the complete end-to-end system or his or her role within it. Players might also have to think in time - which means being able to hold past, present and future in mind at the same time.
Read more about STRATEGY here.
Creative problem solving in puzzles is the mental process of searching for a new and novel creative solution to a problem. This can imply techniques like reframing a problem, increase the quantity of fresh ideas or a change of perspective to identifying new dependent dimensions.
Read more about CREATIVITY here.
By solving visual puzzles players are challenged to think in visual images and use spatial judgment and the ability to visualize with the mind's eye. Skillsets needed are observation, shapes and colours recognition or the reproduction through artwork. Also the perception of three-dimensional space and decoding of information in graphs, charts and diagrams can be part of these puzzles.
Read more about VISUAL THINKING here.
Musical intelligence enables players to analyse, blend, and segment sounds. This area has to do with sensitivity to sounds, rhythms, tones, and music. Players need to use their sensitivity to rhythm, pitch, meter, tone, melody or timbre or recognise musical styles, collect music or use musical information.
Using memory skills in puzzles is the process in which information is encoded, stored, and retrieved. This can include the ability to orient oneself in space, to recognise and follow an itinerary, or to recognise familiar places, patterns or structures. Also memorising numbers, combinations and symbols might be part of this.