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A Hands-On Training on ECG: Its reading and Interpretation “Finished files are the result of years of scientific study

combined with the experience of years” 6 f’s

Let’s now exercise our Frontal Lobes (that deal with working memory and attention, among other things) and Parietal Lobes (visual interpretation). (Basic brain anatomy here) Quick! Count the number of times the number ―6‖ appears below (you may need to scroll down). Then, count the total of both ―3―s and ―7―s, trying to add the total number of both as you see either (this is, don’t just count all the ―3―s, and then the ―7―s)

1234467889974674657865876576576 3576573625432657346578436578342 2732188582735827456724687343828 7672878682768723682376783768267 2647648823178346432764876774653 7436574386581483627868653873465
The Answer appears as a comment below. The most important thing here is not to get the right answer, but to try. This type of exercise has been used by the military to improve attention for decades (now there are more advanced, computer-based, tools, but this keeps being fun).
Camping Trip

You need at least two people who already know how to play the game. Play begins by one person saying "I'M GOING ON A CAMPING TRIP AND I'M GOING TO BRING...(at this point the person talking picks anything s/he would like to bring on the trip. Let's use a sleeping bag as an example) A SLEEPING BAG". The next person says "I'M GOING ON A CAMPING TRIP AND I'M GOING TO BRING...(at this point the person talking picks anything s/he would like to bring on the trip, but it must begin with the letter "G", since the last letter of the first person 'camping accessory' was a "G". For example let's say the second person wanted to bring a "GUARDIAN" they can bring that so everyone says "OKAY YOU CAN BRING THAT ON OUR CAMPING TRIP". Say the third person hasn't caught on to the game yet and says, "I'M GOING ON A CAMPING TRIP AND I'M GOING TO BRING HOT DOGS". Everyone should say, "NO, YOU CAN'T BRING HOT DOGS" and play continues to the next player until everyone has caught onto the game.

Contributed by Janet VARIATION: Also can be played with a different 'rule' each time. One player makes up a rule, and then says something like: "I would take apples but not potatoes" The other players then try to figure out the rule. It will take several different clues: "I would take a Corvette but not a Camaro" "I would take beer but not Coke" etc. Once a player thinks they have figured out a rule, they ask the first player whether or not they would take a certain item to verify their idea: "You would take Fruit Loops but not Corn Flakes, right?" "Right" Play continues until everyone gets the rule figured out. Then someone else picks a rule and a new game begins. The rules can be anything, and are only limited by the creativity of the players. [P.S. the rule in this example was double letters]

Mother May I?
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A.K.A. Captain May I

One game I remember is Mother May I. One person (it could be Mom) stands facing away from a line of kids. She then chooses a child (at random, or in order), and announces a direction. These follow a pattern, such as, "Brian, you may take' x' giant/regular/baby steps forward/backward." The child responds with "Mother may I?" Mom then states "Yes" or "No", depending on her whim, and the child complies. If the child forgets to ask "Mother may I?" he/she goes back to the starting line. First one to touch Mother wins. Contributed by: Gary Swanson
OR In one variation I learned, each child takes turns asking, "Mother may I take . . . steps?" And the child who is mother replies yes or no. In addition to baby, regular, and giant steps, we had ballet steps which were kind of like fake ballet turns.

Another way we played the mother would say, "Take __ ____________ steps [always]

forward." And each child in turn would reply, "Mother, may I?" Then, Mother tell each child whether they could or couldn't. Contributed by Erika Salomon
Other steps:

Scissors step- jump while crossing your feet, then jump while uncrossing them was one step Banana step-laying down with feet at current spot, marking where the top of your head was, and getting up there for new spot. Bunny step - a hop Contributed by Dea

Ship Captain
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A.K.A Port & Starboard

One player is chosen as the captain. S/he calls out orders to the rest of the players who are the crew. If a player does not follow an order correctly, s/he is out. (This decision is made by the captain who is always right.) Orders: To the ship: run to the captain's right To the island: run to the captain's left Hit the deck: lay down on your stomach (or if players don't want to get dirty, they can crouch down) Attention on deck: salute and yell, "Aye, aye captain!" -- players may not move now until the captain gives the order of, "At ease!" (ie even if the captain gives a different order such as "to the ship" the crew must continue to remain at attention until told "at ease") Three men in a boat: the crew must form groups of three and sing "Row, row, row your boat" Anybody who is not in a group of three is out. The love boat: crew members grab a partner and dance. Anybody without a partner is out. Clear the deck: everyone must have their feet up off the floor Scrub the deck: everyone on their knees scrubbing Captain's Quarters: everyone ran towards the captain. Man-over-board: Players must find a partner as quickly as possible. One partner must lay on their stomach while the other places their foot on their partner's back. Children without a partner or pairs that are too slow are eliminated. A Periscope: Every player falls on their back and sticks one leg in the air. The last ones are eliminated. SHARK!!!!: Everyone must run to a designated base (multiple bases can be used). The last

player to the base is eliminated. Crow's nest: All players must find a partner. The lightest player rides on their partner's back. Those without partners or who assemble the crow's nest too slowly are eliminated. Three maids in a row: Children form groups of three and sit in a vertical row. The players who are the odd-man-out are eliminated. Sick turtle: Everyone falls onto their backs and waves hands and feet in the air. Bow: Run to the front of the boat Stern: Run to the back Port: Run to the left side of the boat Starboard: Run to the right side of the boat. Row the Boat: Each player finds a partner, sits face to face, holds hands, and pretends to row a boat. Players who can't find partners or who are too slow are eliminated. Alternative rules: If playing in a pool, all of the orders stay the same except for "hit the deck" which becomes "walk the plank." This means that crew members must bob underwater. To make the game less competitive, player do not get "out." Instead, if the captain notices that they do not follow an order, they must stand out for a count of 20. Contributed by Sarah - Thank you! Additional orders contributed by J. Pelley and Melissa - Thank you! Related Games: Mother May I?
Answers To Quiz: 1. The one sport in which neither the spectators, nor the participants, know the score or the leader until the contest ends: boxing 2. The North American landmark constantly moving backward: Niagara Falls (the rim is worn down about two and a half feet each year because of the millions of gallons of water that rush over it every minute.) 3. Only two vegetables that can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons: asparagus and rhubarb. 4. The fruit with its seeds on the outside: strawberry. 5. How did the pear get inside the brandy bottle? It grew inside the bottle. (The bottles are placed over pear buds when they are small and are wired in place on the tree. The bottle is left in place for the entire growing season. When the pears are ripe, they are snipped off at the stems.) 6. Three English words beginning with “dw”: dwarf, dwell, and dwindle. 7. Fourteen punctuation marks in English grammar: period, comma, colon, semicolon, dash, hyphen, apostrophe, question mark, exclamation point, quotation marks, brackets, parenthesis, braces, and ellipses.

8. The only vegetable or fruit never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form but fresh: lettuce. 9. Six or more things you can wear on your feet beginning with "s": shoes, socks, sandals, sneakers, slippers, skis, skates, snowshoes, stockings, stilts.

Ready to test your executive attention capacity?

Quick! say aloud what color you see in every word, NOT the word you read. Explanation: The Stroop test is used in neuropsychological evaluations to measure mental vitality and flexibility, since performing well requires strong attention and self-regulation capability

Exercise Your Brains — Visual Logic Brain Teaser
By: Caroline Latham In which direction is the bus pictured below traveling?

Do you know the answer? The only possible answers are “left” or “right.” Still don’t know? Keep reading for the answer and explanation… When pre-school children were shown this picture and question, they all answered ―left.‖ When asked why, they answered ―Because you can’t see the door.‖ Feel pretty dumb now, don’t you? I did too! But this teaser illustrates a good concept to remember whenever you start thinking your memory is terrible. While most of us think our memories are pretty lousy, imagine if our memories were absolutely perfect. You might have been able to answer this puzzle correctly, since you could compare this image to all the school bus images you have in your head, and only the ones going left would match. On the other hand, imagine having eidetic, or photographic, memory and remembering every single detail of every single day of your life. It would be insurmountable to filter through all that data retrieve useful information. (In real life, there have been very few people with eidetic memory, and some people speculate if there is such a thing at all.) So, your mind remembers things that it pays attention to because they are deemed important. Think of emotion-laden memories. With good or bad experiences– the memories are detail rich. Therefore, if you need to remember more — either do things that are more meaningful to you or find a way to ascribe meaning to what you’re trying to remember.