A self-regulating mechanism (SRM) is in place (or it’s not) every time we face a challenging situation. Take the annoying -- or utterly frustrating -- experience of being stuck in traffic.
What do you do?
ThinkFun’s Rush Hour Traffic Jam Logic Game is the perfect example of how you can put your cognitive strengths and emotional awareness into play and escape a difficult or sometimes impossible situation in a blaze of glory.
You get to drive the red car with one ultimate goal: Escape a single exit point making your way through a bunch of competitive, angry and careless drivers using your (psychological) drive motivational skills.
There’s only one rule: Stay on the gridlock at all times and use your moves wisely so that you escape in time and congratulate yourself (ok that’s two rules).
From a neurobiological point of view, cognition and emotion interplay is at the core of that self-regulating mechanism we were talking about earlier, helping us make our way throughout evolution into survival, safety or even thriving.
Part of this SRM lays within a set of thinking abilities named executive functions, which are primarily located in the frontal lobes of our brain. What’s their deal? They simply regulate our behavior, spark and ignite our curiosity and creativity, monitor our thoughts, channel and divide our attention, and deploy our flexibility in novel or bizarre situations, to name but a few of their functions.
So why is Traffic Jam Rush Hour so great and equally beneficial for sharpening our minds?
Cognitive flexibility, decision making, strategic planning, visuospatial awareness, initiating and maintaining effort, monitoring and perceptual reasoning are a few good reasons, but this is not an exhaustive list.
Parents, make sure to check out Rush Hour for your children (if you haven’t already), as thinking abilities and cognitive processes can and must be trained in a fun way!
A note from ThinkFun
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