Tuesday, August 6, 2013

A Brain Exercise Idea--Cat Approved!

In flipping through Keep Your Brain Alive by Lawrence C. Katz, Ph.D and Manning Rubin, it mentioned that one office they knew of had a chessboard near the water cooler.  Any employee could come to the board, assess the situation, and make a move.  It was an ongoing game, with no known players, and no winners or losers.  The idea is to use visual-spatial thinking.  It provides a break from verbal, left-brain activities.  (pg. 83)

I decided to try this at home.  I just had to find a good place for the chessboard and chose to put it upstairs in the cat room.  I'll spin the board around after each move so we know whose turn it is.  Hopefully my husband will join me in this too.  Spunky Doodle of course was eager to walk on the board, but I stopped that.  Then she wanted to play right away, moving the black pawn.  I wonder if any pieces will be left standing when I return.

Linking up with the Cats on Tuesday blog hop.

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Anonymous said...

cats should never take the place of a real psychotherapist. LOL!. but thats Men for you, they never do wish to talk about their problems.


BeadedTail said...

We're hoping Spunky Doodle wins! Just sayin. :)

Angel & Isabella

Sandee said...

I'll bet none will be standing and you'll find most of them on the floor. But Spunky will have the time of her life.

Have a terrific day. ☺

Lin said...

Oh, I think the chess game is gonna be a goner when you come home from work one day!

I like the idea, though. We do that with puzzles in the winter. Leave it on the table for whoever wants to fiddle with a few pieces.

Karen and Gerard said...

I am pleased to tell you all that Spunky did NOT move the pieces while I was away. They were all standing just the way I left them--except for the move my husband made.

Anonymous said...

and what move was that. checkmate. LOL!


Gattina said...

I am sure that Spunky Doodle would win if you only would let him play his way, lol !

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