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Brain Fitness Center Offers Interactive Computer Training

by Shirley Archer, JD, MA on Oct 12, 2009

Mind-Body-Spirit News

The Brain Emporium, a brain exercise center founded and directed by T.J. McCallum, associate professor of psychology at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, opened at the Fairhill Center in Cleveland in March 2009. The Brain Emporium is another example of the growing popularity of computer-based mental fitness games.

McCallum and his graduate student assistants design individualized training programs using original computer software, the Nintendo Wii and other gaming systems. The Brain Emporium’s programs challenge memory, visual-spatial abilities, mental flexibility, processing speed, language and planning. An important component of the program is encouraging social interaction among participants.

Editor’s Note: The National Institutes of Health Mind & Body Week, mentioned in last month’s column, was canceled.

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA

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Shirley Archer, JD, MA, was the 2008 IDEA Fitness Instructor of the Year and is IDEA's mind-body-spirit spokesperson. She is a certified yoga and Pilates teacher and an award-winning author based in Los Angeles, California, and Zurich, Switzerland. Two of her books, The Walking Deck and The Strength and Toning Deck, are now featured as iPhone apps. Contact her at