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Brain teaser to exercise your cognitive skills: Where do words go?

Temporal lobe Frontal LobeWords are stored in the tem­po­ral lobe of your brain (in green on the cere­bral cor­tex image  to the left). But on which brain hemi­sphere, right or left? As you know, your brain has two sides (two hemi­spheres) con­nected by the cor­pus cal­lo­sum. You have one tem­po­ral lobe on each side of the brain.

If you are right-handed, Read the rest of this entry »

Test your cognitive skills with visual brain teasers

rotatednumbersVisu­ospa­tial skills are used every­day in many ways, rang­ing from going from one room to another in your house to solv­ing a jig­saw puz­zle and nav­i­gat­ing in a new city.

Let’s take an exam­ple. Can you pic­ture in your head an arrow point­ing to the right? Now, turn this arrow so it points to the left. Done? Read the rest of this entry »

Brain teasers for teens and adults to test and train cognitive skills

BrainFiringMind games that can sharpen the brain (Miami Herald):

A great resource for find­ing “mind games,” or what’s pop­u­larly know as “brain train­ing,” is the web­site of Sharp­Brains, a com­pany that tracks health and well­ness appli­ca­tions of brain sci­ence. Its founder and CEO, Alvaro Fer­nan­dez, writes in his blog that, “Any­thing we do involv­ing nov­elty, vari­ety and chal­lenge stim­u­lates the brain and can con­tribute to build­ing capac­ity and brain reserve.”

Fer­nan­dez advises choos­ing a game “that exer­cises a core brain-based capac­ity … that is rel­e­vant to real-life out­comes.” For exam­ple, in his list of the “ Top 50 Brain Teasers and Games” that his read­ers have enjoyed the most Read the rest of this entry »

Top 10 Things Your Brain Does and You Probably Didn’t Know About

brain_centerWalk­ing, eat­ing, dis­cussing a book…all of these things seem very nat­ural and easy, but in truth, each and every one is done through a series of func­tions that the brain per­forms. In order to really under­stand the abil­i­ties of the brain, as well as the lim­i­ta­tions, you can cer­tainly try these brain teasers…but it is also impor­tant to look at some of the things you prob­a­bly didn’t know about.

Here you can read about 10 impor­tant brain func­tions Read the rest of this entry »

Update: Four Essential Yet Overlooked Facts About Your Brain

brainstormingTime for Sharp­Brains’ Decem­ber 2013 e-newsletter, fea­tur­ing a vari­ety of resources, brain teasers and arti­cles. Enjoy the reading…and Happy Holidays!

Fea­tured resources:

Brain teasers:

Research and indus­try news:

Please remem­ber that we are host­ing a num­ber of webchats in Jan­u­ary to dis­cuss your impres­sions and ques­tions about  The Sharp­Brains Guide to Brain Fit­ness: How to Opti­mize Brain Health and Per­for­mance at Any Age (284 pages; 2013), so we hope you can spend some time read­ing the book over the hol­i­days, and per­haps even dis­cuss it with friends and relatives.

We wish you Happy Hol­i­days and a Pros­per­ous 2014!

Brain teasers to understand and boost cognitive abilities

brain circuitsFirst 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!

 

Test your Brain with these Teasers and Visual Illusions

ebbing haus illusion testAre 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!

To go beyond the illu­sions, read about what hap­pens in your brain while you expe­ri­ence them. Read the rest of this entry »

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