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Brain Teasers and Games for the Brain: Test your Brain

Frontal LobesIt is always good to stim­u­late our minds and to learn a bit about how our brains work. Here you have a selec­tion of the 50 Brain Teasers that peo­ple have enjoyed the most in our blog and speak­ing engagements.

Fun exper­i­ments on how our brains work

1. Do you think you know the col­ors?: try the Stroop Test.

2. Can you count?: Bas­ket­ball atten­tion exper­i­ment (Interactive).

3. Who is this?: A very impor­tant lit­tle guy (Interactive).

4. How is this pos­si­ble?.

5. Take the Senses Chal­lenge (Interactive).

6. Are there more brain con­nec­tions or leaves in the Ama­zon?.

Atten­tionTwo In One Task

7. How are your divided atten­tion skills? check out “Inside and Out­side” (Inter­ac­tive, from Mind­Fit).

8. Can you walk and chew gum at the same time? try “Two in One” (Inter­ac­tive, from Mind­Fit)

9. Count the Fs in this sen­tence.

10. What do you see? can you alter­nate between 2 views?.

Mem­oryPicasso Task

11. Easy one…draw the face of a penny, please.

12. Proud of your visual short-term mem­ory? Give a try at “Picasso”. (Inter­ac­tive, from Mind­Fit).

Pat­tern recog­ni­tion and planning

13. Plan­ning is not that easy: Tow­ers of Hanoi (Interactive).

14. What’s the miss­ing num­ber: Pat­tern Recog­ni­tion Brain Teaser.

15. Brain Puz­zle for the Whole Brain: The Blind Beg­gar.Sharp Brain

16. Find the miss­ing num­ber in The Empty Tri­an­gle.

17. What about Tip­ping the Scales.

18. Don’t be mis­led by this brain work­out.

19. Please find the miss­ing num­ber here.

Visual work­outs

20. Test the lim­its of your periph­eral vision with this chal­lenge (Interactive).

21. How many…: Train your Frontal and Pari­etal lobes.

22. Is a cir­cle a cir­cle?: Visual Per­cep­tion Brain Teaser.

23. Men­tal Imagery and Spa­tial Rota­tion challenge.

24. What piece fits here?.

25. Can you men­tally build this box?.

Visual Illu­sions visual illusion of paralel lines

26. The Muller-Lyer Illu­sion (Interactive).

27. Don’t try this with your part­ner, or you may fight.

28. How many col­ors do you see in The Her­mann Grid.

29. This is less obvi­ous than it may appear.

30. Is this a cir­cle or what?.

31. The lim­its of our perception-and per­fec­tion.

32. Are these 2 rows par­al­lel?.

33. What do you see.


34. Who’s the eldest?: Rea­son­ing Skills Brain Teaser.

35. Join this Party For Poly­glots.

36. Solve Dr. Nasty’s Giant Cube.

37. Which way is the bus head­ing?.

With a Cor­po­rate angle

38. Col­lec­tion of Stress Man­age­ment exer­cises. Partners

39. Some Google/ Microsoft Brain Teasers used in interviews.

40. A few guessti­ma­tions like the ones I was asked in McK­in­sey inter­views years ago.

41. More guessti­ma­tions.

42. Your last Aha! moment?.

43. Can you read these faces.

Math puz­zles

44. Choose the right Fork in the Road. Cube

45. Find the the Really, Really, Really Big Num­ber.

46. Hard: The Unkind­est Cut of All, Part 1 of 2.

47. For geniuses: Con­cen­tric Shapes or The Unkind­est Cut of All, Part 2 of 2.

Tough to categorize

48. Clin­i­cally proven Stress Man­age­ment tip.

49. Enjoy this Sun­day After­noon Quiz.

50. Can you write a haiku describ­ing your expe­ri­ence doing some of the pre­vi­ous teasers? The sim­ple rules: write 3 lines, which don’t need to rhyme, con­tain­ing 5,7, and 5 syl­la­bles. You can leave your haiku as a com­ment for extra points…

Note: every­one, includ­ing feed read­ers, THANK YOU for help­ing Digg this story. We made it to Digg’s Home Page, so more peo­ple than usual were able to stim­u­late their brains:-)

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  1. […] Top 50 Brain Teasers and Games with a neu­ro­science angle: a list of the most pop­u­lar mind games in our blog. […]

  2. Lorraine says:

    teach­ing math is fun
    when you find great resources
    sharp brains is the place

  3. […] In our Top 50 Brain Teasers post, we con­cluded with the chal­lenge: #50. Can you write a haiku describ­ing your expe­ri­ence doing some of the pre­vi­ous teasers? The sim­ple rules: write 3 lines, which don’t need to rhyme, con­tain­ing 5,7, and 5 syl­la­bles. You can leave your haiku as a com­ment for extra points… […]

  4. Alvaro says:

    Thank you to all who wrote a Haiku :-)

  5. holmz says:


    Fun cal­cu­la­tions?

    I can not believe it’s true.

    Calculation’s fun!

  6. Beatrice says:

    Gen­eral question-does any­one know a good source for plex­ers? I’ve ordered the two books, “Plex­ers” and “More Plex­ers” but would like to find oth­ers, or web­sites with more than one page of them, if pos­si­ble. Thanks in advance!

  7. navtej kohli says:

    I was search­ing for this kind of a blog for months now. Actu­ally lost the hope of find­ing one, but here I am :) Thanks for the great quizes!

  8. Alvaro says:

    Navtej, thank you for find­ing us! we need readers :-)

    Please keep enjoy­ing it, and let us know any suggestions!

  9. Pieter says:

    Great site, would like advanced riddles.

  10. stretched the mind
    eyes clos­ing tightly

  11. Kaye says:

    Loved this list! Will be tweet­ing it and sav­ing it :) I did ter­ri­ble at the col­ors but GREAT at the let­ter F :) Thanks.

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