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Top 10 Brain Teaser Games of 2015 For Teens and Adults

brain teasers cognitive stimulationThese are the 10 brain teasers, games & illusions that SharpBrains readers (primarily adults, but some younger minds too) enjoyed the most in 2015. It is always good to learn more about our brains and to challenge them!

#1. You think you know the colors? Try the Stroop Test

#2. Check out this brief attention experiment

#3. Test your stress level

#4. Guess: Are there more connections in one human brain or leaves in the whole Amazon?

#5. Quick brain teasers to flex two key men­tal mus­cles

#6. Count the Fs in this sentence

#7. Can you iden­tify Apple’s logo?

#8. Ten classic optical illu­sions to trick your mind

#9. What do you see?

#10. Fun Mental Rotation challenge

If you have time for more, check out these Top 25 Brain Teasers, Games and Illusions.

We hope you try them, enjoy them, and share them 🙂

Alvaro Fernandez & the SharpBrains Team

Update: Brain teasers and brain fitness tips to improve attention and memory in 2016

3_BRAINSDear SharpBrains friend,

Time for SharpBrains’ December e-newsletter…and we are honored to announce that the Japanese edition of The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness just became available, and is doing well! (more below)

Let us wish you Happy Holidays and Happy New Year, and share a few resources and insights that may come handy in 2016.

Resources to enhance brain fitness in 2016:

New brain research:

Take-aways from the 2015 SharpBrains Virtual Summit:

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Meanwhile, in Japan…

 

Best wishes for a sharp, healthy and happy 2016!

The Sharp­Brains Team

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 »

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