SHARE TWEET EMAIL 23COMMENTS In that sense, puzzles may be a form of brain practice just as games with a stick and ball are a form of body practice. Mentally and physically, we are thus preparing ourselves to take on the world. Figure out what's going on and then be prepared to move accordingly. And I do believe you're correct in combining such elements as Imaginative Association and Memory. The riddle gets it's explosive charge from seeing all the pieces fall into place. This is similar to humor with its unexpected punch line. I would wonder if the Aha...the joy of suddenly seeing the pattern...signals a primeval sense of respite. We have solved this newest puzzle and so we remain safe. Steve Mason PT Blogger Best Regards, Tommy Stuleanu MD HTTP://WWW. PLAY2TRAIN.COM PLAY MATCHIT... AND SEE FOR YOURSELF..HOW ABSORBING AND NEW IT IS. I am writing an article currently on puzzles, improving short term memory. Undoubtedly the brain is a muscle that can be trained and worked, until we die. Slowing degenerative disease among others, i will look into your books. Thanks, Sean Marcel Have you found a lot of scientific evidence linking the two? Do you have any seminal resources, would love to read your piece and others analyzing... I like puzzles, and i feel that Puzzle app's are ruining the industry. Can't be a good puzzle, in your hands. :) Sincerely, Nick M.