After reading Dr. Kawashima’s book about brain training, I got invested in the topic. This book taught me a lot about what’s practical for the brain, how it affects you, and whether this type of training is worth it. So, after doing some more external research, I created a website showcasing exercises like the ones Dr. Kawashima put in his book. The idea is that every day, you complete several simple math problems and that they would help develop more neurons and neural connections in your brain (which can improve memory, creativity, communication, and more).
In the original example, Dr. Kawashima adds two worksheets for you to complete every day. This website is a simpler, more organized, and more efficient version of that. It showcases the same problems, simple addition, multiplication, subtraction, and division. In addition, the website stores each person’s previous times and scores based on credentials. I’m trying to make the process easier and more organized.
The second part of this project is trying to prove whether this type of training works. I gave some of my classmates credentials to log in with, and they tested the website and training method. By logging in with a username, I can see on the logs who took how long and what percentage they got correct. The testing period I set for them was two weeks long, but at the beginning and end of the testing period, I had them do a memorization test and a brain teaser. After two weeks, we weren’t looking for improvement in their scores and times on the website; we were looking for some improvement in their memory and cognitive ability. The average difference in the numbers memorized compared to before and after the training was about six numbers, and it took the testers far less time to complete the brain teaser after the two weeks of training. These results were very satisfying, and they taught me about the psychology of the process and the benefits of this kind of system for the brain. The process also taught me extensively about coding, patience, time management, and data analysis. Overall, I am delighted with the overall result of this project, and I’m looking forward to the next!