This month we have an exciting new musical brain training game called Melody Mayhem. This music matching game is a fun and entertaining way to help boost some of your most important cognitive skills!
About the Game
The goal of this game is to match pairs of music players based on the melody they play when you click on them, like a memory game for your ears!
If you have ever played the memory game where you flip over sets of cards looking for pairs of images, then you already know the basics of how Melody Mayhem works. But just like all of our brain games, Melody Mayhem offers fun and exciting challenges even for the most advanced players!
CogniFit’s team of neuropsychologists have developed this exciting twist on the timeless memory puzzle created an entertaining game that can help train some of the most important cognitive skills. Doesn’t that just sound like music to your ears!?
How to Play the Game
Melody Mayhem is a game inspired by classic matching games and uses mechanics that are very simple to learn but still offer some unique challenges at higher levels.
When you first start playing Melody Mayhem, the first few levels will present you with a handful of colorful music players that you will need to match together by finding pairs that both play the same melody. While this may seem simple at first, players will quickly discover that they will need to focus and listen very carefully if they want to advance into the harder difficulties.
When playing in free play mode, the first time a user starts the game, they will be asked to select their desired difficulty level. There are currently 6 unique difficulty levels, each with its own increasing set of challenges giving players a huge amount of variety in gameplay.
When playing on the lowest difficulty level, the player will be presented with a small number of music players, each with its own unique color. Finding the pairs of music players should be fairly straightforward at this level since the music the pairs play will be exactly the same.
However, as the player advances into higher difficulty settings things can become quite challenging.
If the player decides to play on the highest difficulty level, for example, they will encounter a much larger number of music players and won’t be able to rely on colors to remember which was which, since all of the music players will be the same shade! But not only this, they will have to listen very closely to the music, because each music player could be playing the same melody using a different instrument.
The Science Behind the Game
Melody Mayhem is a fun brain game that requires the user to match pairs of music players based on the melody they play. This exciting game helps stimulate the cognitive abilities related to Phonological Short-term Memory, Auditory Perception, and Recognition.
Phonological Short-term Memory
Phonological short-term memory, or echoic memory, is a component of our sensory memory that is in charge of all of the short-term information related to sounds that we receive from our environment.
Phonological short-term memory is our brain’s ability to record phonological sound stimuli before being processed.
The stimuli we record through phonological short-term memory automatically goes to the central auditory processor, which is in charge of changing the electric signals from sounds into mental concepts, creating a type of ‘sound image’, which we can use to keep in our brains for a short period of time. The sound image can be only be replayed during a short period of time following the auditory stimuli.
Sensory memory is measured in the primary auditory cortex. This phonological memory storage area extends through different areas of the brain because it requires the use of diverse processes. The majority of these brain regions are located in the prefrontal cortex (PFC), which is also where executive and attentional control are monitored.
Phonological short-term memory helps us to process information such as the name of someone we just met, a telephone number that we hear, or the sound of someone’s voice.
Auditory perception can be defined as the ability to receive and interpret information that reached the ears through audible frequency waves transmitted through the air or other means. There is a series of processes our brain follows in order to perceive the sounds around us:
- Receive Information: When an object vibrates, such as when a person speaks (vocal chords vibrate), the waves produced by this action are transmitted by the air or other medium. When these waves reach the inner ear, certain cells are activated.
- Information Transmission: The cells produce a signal that are transmitted through different nuclei until it finally reaches the medial geniculate nucleus in the thalamus.
- Information Manipulation: Finally, the auditory information received by the ear is sent to the auditory cortex in the temporal lobes. The information is manipulated and sent to the rest of the brain to allow you to interact with it.
An example of how we use auditory perception during our daily lives is when the phone rings, and when you answer it, you hear your mom on the other side asking how you are. You’re able to quickly and easily decipher what she’s saying, recognize her voice, and hear her emotional state in just the first few moments of the call.
However, this seemingly simple task is actually very complex and requires the use of a number of brain areas that specialize in auditory perception and the recognition of its sub-components.
Recognition can be defined as the brain’s ability to identify stimuli, like situations, places, people, or objects that you have seen before. Recognition is a cognitive ability that makes it possible to recover stored information and compare it to the information being presented in front of you. This is an important cognitive domain because it is one of the functions that make it possible to perform tasks efficiently and carefully.
Recognition is a type of memory or “information recovery”. This recovery or memory is created by accessing past information stored in our memory. In order for your recognition ability to work, it’s necessary to have been previously exposed to the stimulus that you hope to recognize.
A false positive may happen when you identify a stimulus that you have never seen before. For example, a false positive would be when you believe that you recognize a restaurant that you have never been to before. Conversely, a false negative is when you are unable to recognize a stimulus that you have seen before, as may be the case if you cannot remember having met a friend’s friend.
As such, good recognition implies the ability to recognize places, objects, or people that you have seen before (not false negatives) and be able to identify the elements that you have not seen before (not false positive). Cognitive training can help improve recognition and decrease the number of false-negative and false-positive recognitions.
Are you ready to test your ears to the max and train your skills in Phonological Short-term Memory, Auditory Perception, and Recognition?
We hope you enjoy our newest cognitive stimulation brain game and would love to hear your thoughts on this or any of our other games! If you want to share with us, send us a comment or a message on social media.
And don’t forget to keep an eye out for the next exciting game, due out next month!
After receiving his undergraduate degree in psychology, Scott went on to work as a teacher and educational counselor while working towards his master’s degree. He has spent several years working with children and adults and has personal experience with Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder, Dyslexia, and Depression.
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