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In this exercise, the user will see several numbers, the four basic math operations, and a desired number outcome. The user must achieve the desired outcome by using the correct combination of numbers and mathematical computations.
This exercise requires simultaneous workings of the brain: working memory enabling you to temporarily memorize the elements of the operation: numbers, symbols & intermediate results, your long-term memory (memory of previously learned multiplication tables), mental imagery, and concentration.
Your executive functions are used to perform the arithmetic calculations, reasoning an planning which also stem from your prefrontal cortex. The prefrontal area also houses the neural circuitry which allows us to concentrate and stay on task while storing information in the mental sketch pad of working memory. Semantic memory is stored in the hippocampus and other regions of the temporal lobe.
Countdown involves mathematical calculation which is designed to challenge an individual’s ability to problem solve and learn how to safely use trial and error. When an individual can improve their mathematical calculation skills they may increase their ability to weigh options. They may also be able to complete life skills that require mathematics more easily, such as splitting a bill at a restaurant or figuring out how to pay off a loan faster.
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