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Brain teaser to challenge your frontal lobes

Here is a fun brain teaser from puzzle master Wes Carroll.

Tipping the Scales

free brain teasers for frontal lobes

Question:
The top two scales in the image at the right are in perfect balance. How many diamonds will be needed to balance the bottom set?

This puzzle helps you work out your executive functions –supported in the frontal lobes— by using your pattern recognition, hypothesis testing, and logic.


ANSWER:

Four diamonds

SOLUTION:

First add up the number of clubs in the first two scales (5). Then count how many clubs are in the bottom scale (5). The do the same with the spades, which gets you 5 and 5. There are 4 diamonds in the top two balanced scales. Therefore, it must take 4 diamonds to balance the third scale since all the other measurements are the same.

More brain teasers and games for adults of any age:

Tough brain teasers, with answers, courtesy of NSA employees

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According to NSA’s Puzzle Periodical, “Intelligence. It’s the ability to think abstractly. Challenge the unknown. Solve the impossible. NSA employees work on some of the world’s most demanding and exhilarating high-tech engineering challenges. Applying complex algorithms and expressing difficult cryptographic problems in terms of mathematics is part of the work NSA employees do every day.”

You can try a couple of their recent, and quite tough, brain teasers here:

More brain teasers, games and illusions here.

Update: 20 Must-Know Facts to Harness Neuroplasticity and Improve Brain Health

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Time for a new edition of SharpBrains’ e-newsletter,  providing a window into the ongoing brain health and neuroplasticity revolutions–plus some fun brain teasers. Happy reading and, for those of you in the USA, Happy Fourth of July, and for those of you in Canada, Happy Canada Day!

New research:

New tools:

New thinking:

Finally, some brain teasers:

3 fun brain teasers for adults to challenge your cognitive skills

Brain_cognitiveskillsFirst of all, what is cognition? Cognition has to do with how we understand the world and act in it. Cognitive skills are the brain-based functions that we need to carry out any task from the simplest to the most complex. For example, answering the telephone involves perception (hearing the ring tone), decision taking (answering or not), motor skill (lifting the receiver), language skills (talking and understanding language), social skills (interpreting tone of voice and interacting properly with another human being).

Here are three fun brain teasers to help you challenge your cognitive skills over the weekend, coming from our collection of brain teasers & games for adults of all ages. Enjoy!

Update: To improve sleep, combine general sleep hygiene with mindful and cognitive techniques

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Had a good night’s sleep?

We hope you did, so you can fully enjoy all the fascinating articles and brain teasers in the new edition of SharpBrains’ eNewsletter…including excellent advice on how to combine general sleep hygiene with mindful and cognitive techniques, and a book giveaway.

Happy reading!

New thinking:

New research:

New tools:

Books and other educational resources:

Finally, some fun Brain teasers:

 

Have a great month of June!

The SharpBrains Team

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