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Writing in the Stars

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Executive Function > Strategy

Writing in the Stars

In this exercise, crossword puzzles have a new style. The user is given a list of words. Only 6 of them can be used to fill the empty squares and connect with each other to form the six-point star.

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The main brain area involved in this task is the pre-frontal cortex, which is responsible for executive functions. This term refers to a set of mental processes that are involved in goal-directed activity. Executive functions include: keeping track of several pieces of information at once, making flexible changes in the plan as needed, thinking creatively to come up with a variety of possible solutions, and generating and testing hypotheses in a systematic way.

The skills found in Writing in the Stars may help individuals improve their ability to logically plan out their day. In this exercise, only 6 of the 9 words can be used. There are many options, but only one placement will work for each word. This same strategy is used when planning out a schedule for the day. An individual has to consider different constraints (travel time, the duration a task would take to complete, etc.). There is often only one solution that will work, just like in this exercise.

You can modify:

  • The number of stars (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, or 10)
  • The number of intruding words (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6)
  • The help for recall (2 or 1 word revealed, 3, 2, or 1 letter revealed, or no help)
  • The time to recall (unlimited, 4, 3, 2, or 1 minute)

Constant: The words are always seven-letter words.

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