First of all, what is cognition? Cognition has to do with how a person understands and acts in the world. It is a set of mental processes that are part of nearly every human action. For instance, answering the telephone involves perception (hearing the ring tone), decision taking (answering or not), motor skill (lifting the receiver), language skills (listening and talking), social skills (interpreting tone of voice and interacting properly).
Cognitive abilities are supported by specific neuronal networks and brain structures. For instance memory skills rely mainly on parts of the temporal lobes and parts of the frontal lobes (behind the forehead). In the article What are Cognitive Abilities and Skills? you can find good explanation and examples, together with stimulating brain teasers to exercise the cognitive abilities described. Learn, and have fun!
Are the two orange circles of the same size? One way to understand more about the brain is to look at how we can trick it, that is, to look at how the brain reacts to teasers and visual illusions.
Here are 10 visual illusions to combine fun and learning about the visual system. We know you know there is a trick since these are illusions… but don’t try to be smarter than your brain: Just enjoyed being surprised!
Do we all have “attention deficits”? Or is there something else going on? Let’s try this little experiment, conceived by Simons and Chabris for their classic study on sustained inattentional blindness.
Below you can watch a brief video clip, and your challenge is to count the total number of times that the basketballs change hands.
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Time for SharpBrains’ January 2012 eNewsletter, featuring in this occasion multiple thought-provoking perspectives on how emerging neuroscience can and should make us rethink prevailing practices in education, healthy aging and preventive medicine.