A unique craft that many in the Western Hemisphere would not think of as being a “brain game” or way to de-stress is the ancient and traditional Japanese art of origami. The technique of folding paper aids in memory and learning development, as well as a relaxing activity for those who want a way to simply relieve some pressure and try their hand at being creative.

Most people believe origami is making birds – cranes to be exact, but the figures come in all shapes and sizes. It is an excellent memory improvement technique for all ages – from kids to older adults, and has been known to help in brain function and development, as well as improving memory and other cognitive functions.

It is also an excellent cross-brain activity. While folding paper you hands are sending impulses to your brain that will activate all parts of it  – both your right and left hemispheres. These areas have to do with memory, visual development and motor skills. You are also releasing serotonin, the “feel good” neurotransmitter that makes you feel happy, and has some cognitive functions in the brain related to memory and learning. It is an excellent teaching tool for activity time for children as well as seniors, and has been used for therapy for mental development, depression, anxiety and memory loss.

Origami has long been known for the many benefits it can give you, such as:

  • Increased ability to focus on a task
  • Sequencing skills
  • Teaching of patience
  • Memory improvement
  • Eye to hand coordination
  • Enhanced non-verbal thinking and comprehension
  • Increases temporal/spatial skills
  • Mathematical reasoning
  • Encourages creativity
  • Aids in problem solving and social skills

According to the latest research on the brain, and the work of Doctors Katrin Shumakov and Yuri Shumakov, “When both hands are engaged, impellent motor impulses activate the language portion of the brain.”

Origami is useful as a brain and memory tool, but is art as well, and origami figures have decorated wedding halls, been used as mobiles for a baby’s room, given as party favors to hold candy treats, and so much more. It is a creative way to improve brain function and add beautiful and delicate art to your space, or to give as a special gift.

Download the pattern at: http://www.positscience.com/sites/default/files/pdfs/origami.pdf and in addition to the pattern you can also see a diagram of the functions of the brain.



About the author:

Ron White is a two-time U.S.A. Memory Champion. As a memory speaker he travels the world to speak before large groups or small company seminars, demonstrating his memory skills and teaching others how to improve their memory, and how important a good memory is in all phases of your life.




Postit Science – Brain Origami: http://www.positscience.com/human-brain/brain-fitness/brain-origami

Oriland, What origami can be – Five Questions about Origami benefits: http://www.oriland.com/oriversity/benefits/articles.asp?category=articles&model=01&name=Five%20Questions%20About%20Origami%20Benefits