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Brain fitness tips to improve concentration and memory

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Concentration–or attention– and memory are two crucial mental skills and are directly related. In fact, many memory complaints have nothing to do with the actual ability to remember things: They come from a failure to focus properly on the task at hand.

For example, when you don’t remember where you parked your car Read the rest of this entry »

#5. Quick brain teasers for adults to flex two key mental muscles: attention and working memory

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Looking for some fun, and free, cognitive stimulation? Here you have a few quick brain teasers to exercise your atten­tion and your work­ing mem­ory–the abil­ity to keep infor­ma­tion in your mind while working on integrating, processing it. Given them a try…they are not as easy as they seem. Read the rest of this entry »

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

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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

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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)

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7 WAYS TO STAY PRODUCTIVE WHEN YOU’RE IN BETWEEN JOBS (Fast Company):

“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…

3. VOLUNTEER AT AN UPCOMING INDUSTRY CONFERENCE.
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…

5. STAY SHARP.
Exercise your mind with Read the rest of this entry »

#7. Can you identify Apple’s logo?

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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

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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!

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