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Filling in Gaps, Tricking the Eye

Scientific American’s Mind magazine, an offshoot of the original SA publication, has a regular optical illusion feature that I always find fascinating. A while back it also featured an article highlighting skills possessed by the human eye that computers can’t duplicate. … Continue reading

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Jump Starting Your Imagination

Aerobics of the Mind author Marge Engelman taught me that our imagination tends to need a jump start. One of the exercises in her book that I have often used in my presentations (with her blessing) consists of putting a few … Continue reading

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The Amazing Kim Scott

Many years ago I was introduced to Scott Kim at a party and found him delightful and accessible, even though he possessed a creative brain that was light years beyond my own abilities. He wrote the book Inversions– a book of … Continue reading

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Two Round Games – Spot It! and Hue Knew?

I’ve put the following games in the creative right brain column because they involve visual thinking, but I’ll let you decide if they really belong there.

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The Awesomeness of John Green

If you love the smell of rain, the clean, silvery smell when it first begins, that’s called “petrichor.” It’s a term coined by two Australian researchers in 1964 from two Greek words that have nothing whatever to do with rain. … Continue reading

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Connect through Conversation

January 1st is the birthday (in 1879) of novelist E. M. Forster who wrote the words, “Only connect!” in the hope that readers would connect his prose with the passion in themselves. It is also my motto for MindPlay Connections, which … Continue reading

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Gifts That Make Me Smile

I contend that any product that makes me smile comes from creative right thinkers. Take, for example, the Magic 8 Ball. For over 60 years now, people have been turning this oversized cue ball upside down, asking it a question, … Continue reading

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Endless Pairs

Such and Such from Patch Products is essentially a game about pairs. As a timed competition, the idea is to read all five clues on your card and get your team to fill in the blank for each one before … Continue reading

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Logical LineUp

Continuing our theme of games to play with family and friends over the holidays, Lineup is a favorite in my household. Cutely subtitled by MindWare as “the memory game of quick looks and tricky crooks,” it’s really one that requires … Continue reading

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Creative Apples

 The third week of November is always Game and Puzzle Week, dedicated to preserving the tradition of investing time with family and friends. In the U.S. it’s also a reminder to be thankful the following week for all those relationships. … Continue reading

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Blocks for Adults – Part 2 – Q-bitz

Q-bitz is another Mindware game that physically bears a resemblance to two of the block products we mentioned in the previous blog, ArtBlocks™ and Nuevo. Like them, the basic element of the game is a wooden frame containing cubes, each … Continue reading

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Blocks for Adults – Or People of Any Age, Part 1

One relatively recent area of brain research I find fascinating is the connection of movement to learning. For example, “A report in the journal ‘Applied Cognitive Psychology’ demonstrated that volunteers who doodled during a dull verbal message were 29 percent … Continue reading

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A Creative Whack for Logical Left Brain Thinkers

Roger Von Oech has made a career of creative innovation basically since 1975 when he earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University in the self-created interdisciplinary program “History of Ideas.” In the 1980s, he created and produced the “Innovation in Industry” … Continue reading

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Mathematical Mind

Among Allen Bragdon’s many accomplishments are these: the founding editor of Games magazine, the author of dozens of books, and director of The BrainWaves Center (www.brainwaves.com – fun website).  I met him about a dozen years ago and found him … Continue reading

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Don’t Give Me Your Lip

A lipogram is a word game that consists of writing new material or rewriting existing material by leaving out certain letters of the alphabet. (Lipogram comes from a Greek word meaning “missing letter.”) One of the most famous practitioners was … Continue reading

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