Day of the Dead

Day of the Dead (Dia de los Muertos) originated with the indigenous cultures of Mexico. When missionaries brought Christianity to the country the celebration converged with the Catholic holy days of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. These celebrations Read More >

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Why Do We Love Scary Stories?

Why do we love scary stories? Why do we enjoy that creeping sensation or jolt of terror when we read a ghost story or see a horror flick? Part of the answer has to do with biology. When we are Read More >

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The Brain Cube – how Jason Freeny’s artwork turned real working puzzle cube

Jason Freeny and Scott Brown discuss The Brain Cube – how this brainy puzzle cube developed from idea, to artwork, to working puzzle cube. This cranial spin on the classic cube challenges players to line up folds of the brain Read More >

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Marbles Makes Design Student’s Dream Come True

In the fall of 2011, I enrolled for a product design course with the Columbia College Art & Design School that challenged students to develop new toys and games for Marbles: The Brain Store.  We were tasked with creating the next Read More >

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Nifty & Handy Things Your Grandparents Knew

If you enjoy books with interesting information and a leaning towards nostalgia, check out How to Build a fire: And Other Handy Things Your Grandfather Knew and How to Sew a Button: and Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew.  Compiled Read More >

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Fun and Quirky Books

You’ve all heard the phrase “laughter is the best medicine”. Well there is some truth in it.  Laughter alleviates stress, boosts the immune system, increases learning and memory capability and in some cases, reduces pain. So finding things that make Read More >

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Today is Dictionary Day

  Today is Dictionary Day and it commemorates the birth of Noah Webster, creator of the American Dictionary of the English Language. Wesbster’s work influenced American education and the way we use language. He was born in 1758 in Hartford Read More >

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Wordy Word Is Here!

We’ve been waiting for many months for this baby to arrive. Wordy Word is one of the first word skills games created by our Brain Workshop. Wordy Word is a fast-paced, high pressure word game that calls on you to Read More >

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Discover Some Brain Benefits of Reading

As the weather starts to get cooler, I feel the pull of my couch and the desire to curl up with a good book.  In a previous blog I mentioned that reading literature on a regular basis engages the hippocampus, Read More >

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A New Twist on the Puzzle (Literally)

We know that puzzles are good for strengthening the organization, fine motor tasks, and visualization areas of the brain.  Many studies have found that people who exercise their mind with jigsaw puzzles may have a smaller chance of being affected by Alzheimer’s, Read More >

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