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The Hermann grid optical illusion, explained

In this image, do you see something other than black and white? Does it matter if you look directly at one of the black blocks, vs. at one of the intersections?

Hermann Grid

While there are really only black blocks and white spaces in the grid, the high contrast black and white areas fool the eyes into perceiving a gray circle at each intersection. The illusion results from Read the rest of this entry »

Test your memory and reasoning skills with these American and international proverbs

Temporal lobe Frontal LobeMemory relies mostly on temporal (see green area, in image to the left) and frontal (in red) areas of the brain. These may be the areas that will get stimulated when you (assuming you are American or have lived in the US for long) try to remember the missing words in the American proverbs below.

However when it comes to internationals proverbs below you may have to use your reasoning skills more than your memory skills, as it is likely that you do not know these proverbs. In this case, the frontal exercise is more intense. Try to guess what the final words of each international proverb might be. Use your logical skills. Read the rest of this entry »

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

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

brain teasers for adults.

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 »

10. Quick brainteaser to test your mental rotation skills

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

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

Top brain teasers to test your mind

brainstormingWe just selected and categorized the Top 50 Brain Teasers and Games that Sharp­Brains read­ers have been enjoying the most.

Here are a few samples…

Fun exper­i­ments on how our brains work

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

3. Take the Senses Chal­lenge (Interactive)

Atten­tion and memoryTwo In One Task

7. Count the Fs in this sentence

9. Proud of your visual mem­ory? Give a try at “Picasso” (Inter­ac­tive)

10. Is your atten­tion bet­ter than a chimp’s? (Inter­ac­tive)

–> For more, visit these  Top 50 Brain Teasers and Games and test your perceptual and cognitive abilities…

Not all mental activity is created equal (quick brain teaser)

Quick! Say aloud what color you see in every word — DON”T just read each word.

 

Not easy, right! The Stroop test is used in neuropsychological evaluations to measure mental vitality and flexibility, since performing well requires strong attention and self-regulation capability. We used this little brain test/ teaser in our online course this Wednesday to make the point that not all mental activity is created  equal, which is why the “Use It or Lose It”, while a great starting point, must be expanded to provide better guidelines on the How to use it.

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