Joplin Origami Club
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Origami As Therapy

Writing in Psychology Today, science writer Susan Reynolds says it’s important to give the brain new neuronal pathways. That is to say, try new and challenging activities. “The more you do something, the more synapses your brain fires and creates,’’ Reynolds says. “Novelty is great because it will stimulate synapses that have lain dormant or create entirely new ones, because your brain is trying to adapt to process and understand whatever it is that you deem important.” She suggests exercises like playing complicated games that sharpen your ability to read people, building scale models to enhance cognitive skills, taking up origami which requires manual dexterity, hand/eye coordination, and a sharp eye for shapes and spatial relationships and learning calligraphy which involves hand-eye co-ordination and learning new ways of doing things.

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