Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Verbal fluency exercises


Verbal fluency or the ability to find the right word at the right time in a timely fashion is one of those front brain skills that lags with age. Add dwindling hormone levels, social isolation, and/or a history of even a mild concussion, and you may end up as fumble-mouthed as an evening news anchor.

We know that reading, working crossword puzzles, and interacting with friends are all ways to support brain function and verbal fluency. To heck with all that, how 'bout still another way to waste time on the Internet? Try lumosity.com, a web-site full of games that do both--bolster your brain and while away time you don't have. In particular, have a go at Word Bubbles which not only tests your verbal fluency but your typing and spelling skills as well.

And thanks, or no thanks, to my niece Miranda for the loss of many an hour!

6 comments:

Beverly said...

Thanks for the link. I spend too much time on the internet now, but I love word games, etc. I hate it when I can't find the word I'm looking for, and it does happen from time to time...

JeanMac said...

I'm on my way to check it our - heaven knows I need the help:)

"his-self" said...

Wow, thanks Doc, that's addictive. Will you do your next post on internet addiction??

dorsey said...

the best thing about lumosity is that after a week both word bubbles and bird watching (my other favorite) cost money, enabling me to go cold turkey, stick to the duller games which don't suck me in. It was fun while it lasted!

femail doc said...

I hate to resuck you back in Dorsey, but if you don't sign in, you can play endless games of Word Bubbles for nothing!

dorsey said...

How? they know my (fake) name, how do I get in without that? new computer?

I do find myself running through lists of words that start the same, but I don't find it's helped much with aphasia. this doesn't mean I wouldn't get sucked back in.