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If You Were Stranded on a Deserted Island
By Paulette
7/11/2013 4:13:00 PM  
  This week our BrainCoaches were asked what one product from our store would they want if they were stranded on a deserted island. Some of the items were their favorites, some would definitely assume you had other people on the island with you, and some were practical. (For instance, Chrissy from our Brain Workshop said she would use the OgoSport discs to catch fish.) Here are the top ten answers: 1. OgoSport Disks 2. Pajaggle 3. Abalone 4. Katamino Deluxe 5. Spy Alley 6.JuggleFit 7. Gibb Read More

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Lindsay's Picks for Summer Vacation
By Paulette
6/24/2013 4:25:00 PM  
Our CEO, Lindsay Gaskins, loves to play. Whenever we get a new batch of games, she is one of the first to buy them. I asked her about an order she placed today and she said these were all things she was taking on vacation with her. Lindsay loves being active, so you will notice a few active play items for her whole family to play. Here's what she is taking: OgoSport Mezo Disks- An all-time favorite with staff and customers, OgoSport disks are great for vacation fun. They are great for the Read More

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Dad's Brain
By Paulette
5/29/2013 12:42:00 PM  
Most dads would agree that having a child completely changed their life. Did you know that it also changed their brains? Studies have shown that a father's contact with his newborn child actually rewires the brain and stimulates the creation of more neurons. These neurons are specialized to help the father bond with and care for his child. The bond between mother and child is sort of a given. The mother carries the child during gestation and then in most cases provides nourishment through breast Read More

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The BRAIN Initiative
By Paulette
4/4/2013 2:04:00 PM  
When you work in an office with a group of people for a while, you get to know their habits; for instance, eating habits. Our CEO orders Jimmy Johns almost every day. Our media director is on the P90X diet, our accounting team usually opts for fast food or sushi delivery, and I usually have a spinach salad with chicken for lunch. Our inventory director, Elisabeth, always gets teased for her "earthy-crunchy" lunches lots of lettuce, fruit and seeds. A little over a month ago she decided to emba Read More

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Brain Food Challenge
By Paulette
3/26/2013 9:01:00 AM  
When you work in an office with a group of people for a while, you get to know their habits; for instance, eating habits. Our CEO orders Jimmy Johns almost every day. Our media director is on the P90X diet, our accounting team usually opts for fast food or sushi delivery, and I usually have a spinach salad with chicken for lunch. Our inventory director, Elisabeth, always gets teased for her "earthy-crunchy" lunches lots of lettuce, fruit and seeds. A little over a month ago she decided to emba Read More

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Smile!
By Paulette
3/5/2013 6:28:00 PM  
It was cold and snowy today and my bus ride to work was typical packed with sleepy, slightly grumpy people who are just ready for the weekend. No one looks at each other or interacts unless they have to. Even when walking down the street, we all keep our heads down and avoid eye contact. When I got off of the bus I decided to fight against the heaviness and the drabness of the wintery day. I decided to make an effort to smile, even with snow blowing in my face. During my seven block walk to the Read More

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The Risky Business of Football
By Paulette
3/1/2013 12:24:00 PM  
Discussion on the long term neurological effects of concussions has been brought into the spotlight with recent events in the news. Many former NFL players are being diagnosed with CTE (Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy) a degenerative neurological disease which manifests with symptoms such as memory loss, depression and dementia. CTE is caused by defective Tau proteins that form tangles and disrupt messages between brain cells (a pathology that is similar to that of Alzheimer's Disease). Studies Read More

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BrainSessions- Which Brain Are You?
By Paulette
2/21/2013 12:05:00 PM  
People love our stores and our website because of all of the brainy fun products we offer. We know our customers are excited to get the latest and best games and puzzles for their families, friends and themselves. But we have also found that people who shop with us are very curious about their brains and want to find ways to exercise and challenge them . Several weeks ago we launched our BrainSessions kiosks in our stores. Since the initial launch, over 6,000 people have taken the "Which Brain A Read More

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Singing and the Brain
By Paulette
2/1/2013 9:01:00 AM  
I've been singing a lot lately. I sing with a choir once a week and am also working on a show. I have a hectic schedule and have to rehearse when I can. So if you live in Chicago, you may see me singing at the far end of the train platform or as I am walking down the street. One thing I always notice is that singing makes me happy. I know that music can be a powerful mood changer and that playing and listening to music stimulates the brain in many ways, but I wanted to find out about the effects Read More

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Meditation May Prevent Colds and Flu
By Paulette
1/18/2013 9:01:00 AM  
I've been reading this week about a study performed by the University of Wisconsin that showed that mindfulness meditation or moderate exercise can reduce instances of cold and flu. This information comes a little late, as I have been suffering from a cold for 2 weeks now. But at least I am armed with this information for the future. The study consisted of 149 adults age 50 or older. Participants were randomly placed in 3 separate groups. During the 8 week study, one group used a mindfulness med Read More

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