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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 six can fill the empty squares and connect to form the six-point star.

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how writing in the stars engages the brain.

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The pre-frontal cortex, which is responsible for executive functions, is the main brain area in this task. This term refers to a set of mental processes 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 various possible solutions, and generating and testing hypotheses systematically.

The skills found in Writing in the Stars may help individuals improve their ability to plan their day logically. In this exercise, only 6 of the nine words can be used. Many options exist, but only one placement will work for each word. This same strategy is utilized 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.). Often, only one solution 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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