Scientific Foundation

The following information helps explain why A Fist Full of Coins is so successful in assisting children and adults with neurological difficulties surrounding the learning process.

Serotonin and Dopamine play a critical role in promoting growth within the brain. They are commonly referred to as feel good chemicals. (See below for an understanding of each of these neurotransmitters.)
When people laugh and play neurotransmitters such as Serotonin, which promotes growth in the brain, and Dopamine which assists in the learning process, are released into the brain and work hand in hand to create the ideal environment for growth/ learning…. In other words, when people are relaxed and happy learning becomes effortless!!

A Fist Full of Coins creates the ideal conditions for optimum learning, as the entire brain is being stimulated as you play, promoting growth in many areas within the brain all at once!


Dopamine is a neurotransmitter which has many functions, including important roles in behavior and cognition, motor activity, motivation and reward, sleep, mood, attention, and learning. It is believed by many to provide a teaching signal to parts of the brain responsible for acquiring new behavior. Dopamine is commonly associated with the pleasure system of the brain providing feelings of enjoyment and reinforcement to motivate a person to perform certain activities.

Dopamine is released by naturally rewarding experiences. It is also true to say dopamine is not released when unpleasant or adverse stimuli are encountered.


Recent research suggest that when certain neurons are present in the brain {specifically ‘Raphe Nuclei’ which is the principal source of serotonin 5-HT a neurotransmitter}, 5-HT is released into the brain and is distributed along the brain stem, which activates 5-HT receptors located on the dendrites and induces cell division of the dendrites. In other words serotonin creates growth.


Cortisol is a hormone that is present when a person is under stress or is anxious. Stress produces cortisol which may attach to steroid binding sites in the brain, particularly in the hippocampus which plays a major role in memory. Stress and anxiety effects memory and makes it hard to concentrate. Low levels of cortisol, mean higher levels of serotonin, allowing the brain to function at higher levels!
Now that it is understood that serotonin assists in creating growth in the brain, and dopamine is responsible for assisting in the learning process, it is not difficult to understand how a multi sensory game such as ‘A Fist Full of Coins’, presents the ideal environment for success in learning new skills. Multi sensory games are fun, and challenging, making learning fun and easy!
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About the Creator

My name is Sandy Newman and I am the creator of this wonderful game. I am a mother of two grown boys and I have worked with mainstream and special needs children for the past 20 years. I am passionate about helping people!

10 Great Reasons to Get this Game:

1. Fun for everyone!

2. Enhances the memory process

3. Teaches the kids to focus

4. Teaches players to create
organized thought patterns

5. Challenging for adults, teens, children and toddlers

6. Educational and fun

7. Convenient compact size

8. Bridges pathways within the brain

9. French and Spanish add on kits available

10. Kids Love It!

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