Feb 9, 2007
By: Caroline Latham
Your frontal lobes are home to your executive functions, including pattern recognition. Here’s a puzzle to challenge your ability to uncover a pattern.
In this puzzle, three numbers: 16, 14, and 38, need to be assigned to one of the rows of numbers below. To which row should each number be assigned – A, B, or C?
Why do we care about pattern recognition skills? Well, if you’re an athlete, then you want to constantly improve your ability to see spatial patterns on the court or field quickly so you can act on them – by passing to open space or attacking the goal at the right moment. Stock traders look for patterns in the market behavior to guide them on buying and selling decisions. Chess masters are experts at recognizing complicated moves. Reading is also pattern recognition.
So, you use pattern recognition all the time whether you know it or not. But remember, using a skill is great, but you have to keep exercising it a little bit harder each time to develop it further.
Have you solved the puzzle yet? If not, here’s a hint:
It’s not a mathematical problem. The numerical values are irrelevant.
Keep reading for the answer…
The answer is that the numbers are organized by shape! Look at Row A – they are all rounded shapes. Row C is all linear shapes. And Row B is a mix of curves and lines. Therefore, 16 goes to B, 14 goes to C, and 38 goes to A.
PS: Enjoy these 50 brain teasers to test your cognitive ability. Free, and fun for adults of any age!