Brain training

Dec 18, 2014

Hello everyone,

Early December, my brother (Marcel) had a cardiac arrest. After successful resuscitation , he fell into a coma. Fortunately, after five days he came out of the coma and he appears to have no fitale damage incurred. Because his brains sat too long without oxygen he is very confused and it appears questionable whether he will recover even from here.

To help my brother with training his memory , I started to develop a memory game for him based on important issues such as ; family, friends, work, hobbies and seasons. Furthermore, I try to make as many different variations on the regular game . (eg, linking words or names to images ) .

My question to you is to share your thoughts, ideas and variations with me to develop a SL game that not only can help my brother Marcel, but a lot of more people who have to deal with this kind of brain damage.



27 Replies
Linda Lorenzetti

I'm so sorry to hear about your brother, Paul.  I have a friend that had a brain injury a few years ago, but his emotions were affected more than his memory.  I guess it all depends on what part of the brain is damaged.

I would think that with someone with an injury like your brother, it would be important if you could personalize the game to include photos or personal stories that would mean something to that individual.  I'm not sure how easy that could be accomplished in Storyline.  Maybe you could use text entry to have a relative or friend enter stories involving the injured person.  Or perhaps dummy photos could be replaced with personal photos in the published files.  Another route would be to make games that stimulate brain function. Google brain games for some examples.  I gave my friend the  Lumosity game.

I'm interested to see what you come up with.

Phil Mayor

Hey Paul, sorry to here about your brother hope he recovers.  This sounds like a great idea. It also sounds like a great idea for a challenge perhaps you could set a style/look and feel and we could all do a few slides for you.  I would love to build something like this.  We could all give you the Storyline files and you could amalgamate it all.

Good luck!

Thomas Hadley

Hi Paul, a great worthwhile project. I have also had brain injury and survived very well. I am involved with community theater and exercising my memory is a great way to recover. I have also done oral history programs with my community radio station here in Australia. Where I interviewed, (ordinary folk) about their lives. I interviewed them twice once to get some background and then to do the final recording. So you can then ask rhetorical questions such as " I understand that you went to school in...." etc My suggestion is to sit with Marcel and audio recorder and get him to tell you his life story. It will be great for him,  and you can use it as a basis for your Project. Also dig out family snaps and videos. My Father in law is over 85 now and I always make a point of engaging him in conversation often about the past, he was interested in cars, so we have a common ground, we often discuss old Jaguars etc. Please make sure that you involve Marcel in the process. A great project for the whole family well done :-)

Jeff Kortenbosch

Some really cool ideas have come by already. I've been thinking about this topic and, depending on the type and amount of brain injury, there are quite a few things you could play with. My initial though was pairing things. Depending on their ability to read or understand what is said you could either use text or audio voice-over to ask questions and give feedback.

I think we should not use a lot of animation but Keep It Simple Stupid. Here's a basic setup. Check out the Attachment.

A follow-up question could lead into: What do you do with a spoon > Eat soup, Paint a wall, Brush your teeth

You can make it more personal using pictures of family or personal items.

Jeff Kortenbosch

Paul, my wife came with a cool site

They use it at work to help people with autism plan their day and give clarity who's on duty that day. The key is the use of 'Picto's' combined with audio and other visual cues (such as the pictures of the nurses) I can see something like this turned into a more personal version. Again, all depending on the specific needs of the patient.

Ashley Chiasson

Paul - so sorry to hear about your brother, and what you're doing for him is amazing! After reading your message and seeing some examples, I immediately thought of Do you think something like this might be appropriate? 

I played for awhile back and over the course of three months, improved my own speed, memory, attention, flexibility, and problem solving. It even has a tracker to show your progress and improvement. 

Paul Alders

Hi everyone,

I would like to share the first draft for this brain training with you. The concept is based on your input and some suggestions were discussed with the rehabilitation center where my brother is at the moment.

He still has a decent memory loss, but his recovery is becoming increasingly more visible.

Once Again ... thanks for your input to this first draft.

If you have any more suggestions please let me know.



David Anderson

I'm glad to hear your brother is doing better, Paul. 

Comment on the template:

I really like the gamified approach you took. The nav menu is highly creative and I dig how you track learner progress.

I feel like each topic could use sub nodes. The Family topic, for example, has 3 levels I need to complete. I'd like those levels to be visually communicated. First time it made me go back I thought I missed something in the previous level. Of course that's because I didn't read the caption box:-)

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