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Brain teaser: How many haircuts do you think happen in America every year?


Google’s infa­mous brain-teaser inter­view ques­tions don’t pre­dict per­for­mance (Busi­ness Insider):

Google built a rep­u­ta­tion for ask­ing brain-teaser ques­tions like “How many hair­cuts do you think hap­pen in Amer­ica every year?” They’re sup­posed to test, in the­ory, how you tackle a big prob­lem ana­lyt­i­cally Read the rest of this entry »

Visual illusions to tease our brains and minds


Why Opti­cal Illu­sions Like These Make Your Brain Go Hay­wire (Wired):

Uni­ver­sity of Bris­tol researchers dis­cov­ered this illu­sion in the early 1970s while look­ing at the tiled wall of a café. Hence the name, Café Wall Illu­sion. The gray lines in between the rows of white and black squares seem to con­verge, but they are actu­ally par­al­lel. Your brain, over­whelmed by the intense and closely-spaced black-and-white con­trasts, sees the gray lines as part of the tile either above or below it. The lines end up appear­ing higher on alter­nat­ing sides, cre­at­ing the trape­zoidal illusion.”

More visual illu­sions and brain teasers:

Brain teasers and tips to stay sharp in between jobs (and when you have one too)




Sure, you didn’t plan on being on per­ma­nent vaca­tion, a.k.a. unem­ployed, but here you are. And believe it or not, this can be a bless­ing in disguise…

Research any asso­ci­a­tions in your indus­try that might have an upcom­ing lun­cheon, con­fer­ence, or net­work­ing event. Reach out to the coor­di­na­tors to see if you could use your exper­tise at their next event…

Exer­cise your mind with Read the rest of this entry »

Brain teaser to test your attention and memory: Can you identify Apple’s logo?



We don’t notice much of what we see: 85 col­lege stu­dents tried to draw the Apple logo from mem­ory; 84 failed (Sci­ence Daily):

Could you draw the ubiq­ui­tous Apple com­puter logo from memory?…Out of 85 UCLA under­grad­u­ate stu­dents, only one cor­rectly repro­duced the Apple logo when asked to draw it on a blank sheet of paper. Fewer than half the stu­dents cor­rectly iden­ti­fied the actual logo when Read the rest of this entry »

Quick brain teasers to test your cognitive skills…and biases


If you’re look­ing for some stim­u­lat­ing, quick men­tal exer­cise, try these Brain Teasers To Test Your Cog­ni­tive Skills…And Your Cog­ni­tive Biases over at The Cre­ativ­ity Post.

Once you’re done, you may want to enjoy with these visual brain teasers, and also visit our brain twisters and brain games sec­tion, with plenty of fun (and free) mind games for teens, adults and seniors. Have a nice weekend!

January Update: The Federal Trade Commission orders Focus Education to stop making unsubstantiated brain training claims


Time for Sharp­Brains’ Jan­u­ary e-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a wealth of brain health insights, neu­ro­science research reports, a land­mark action by the Fed­eral Trade Commission…and some quick brain teasers. Enjoy!

New research:

New think­ing:

New tools:

Finally, when you have a few min­utes you may want to try these quick brain teasers to test your cog­ni­tive skills…and your cog­ni­tive biases.

Have a great month of February!

Brain teasers to help teens and adults test cognitive skills…and cognitive biases


Brain teaser: Please con­sider Linda, a 31-year-old woman, sin­gle and bright. When she was a stu­dent, in high school and in col­lege too, she was deeply involved in social jus­tice issues, and also par­tic­i­pated in envi­ron­men­tal protests. Which is more prob­a­ble about Linda’s occu­pa­tion today? Read the rest of this entry »

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