Brain teaser: the Tower of Hanoi planning puzzle

cognitive puzzlesToday we have a clas­sic plan­ning puz­zle, good for our Frontal Lobes and exec­u­tive func­tions, devel­oped by math­e­mati­cian Edouard Lucas in 1883 and fre­quent­ly used in neu­ropsy­cho­log­i­cal evaluations.

–> PLAY the Tow­er of Hanoi online


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  1. eleanor on October 9, 2006 at 9:04

    The Mind­Fields Col­lege blog has linked to you, I hope you don’t mind!
    We love read­ing your posts!

  2. Alvaro on October 9, 2006 at 1:32

    Eleanor, I am very hon­ored about that! Let me go fur­ther, and say I am very honoured :-)

    NB: will have to spend more time at your blog and Mind­Fields col­lege. From a first look, it seems we are on a very sim­i­lar wavelength!

  3. eleanor on October 10, 2006 at 9:26

    How humourous of you, neighbour!

    I’m glad you liked the look of our blog — as you can see we have only just begun it, and all read­ers are welcome. 

    We pub­lished an extract from Elkhonon Gold­bergs book ‘The Wis­dom Para­dox’ in issue 48 of the Human Givens Jour­nal ear­li­er this year, I just noticed that he is on your advi­so­ry board, what a coincidence!

  4. Don on January 21, 2007 at 12:46

    7 moves, 13 sec­onds first try. Is that good, bad or average?

  5. Valentina on January 21, 2007 at 3:06

    i would real­ly like to know what don wants to know… i had 7 moves 11 sec­onds.. where do i stand?

  6. Alvaro on January 21, 2007 at 10:19

    Both of you are right: 7 moves. 

    I am not aware of a nor­mal­ized table for speed…but 11–13 sec­onds is very good based on the times we have shown this exer­cise dur­ing our classes.

  7. miss on January 11, 2008 at 11:04

    7 moves in 7 secs :)

  8. Matt on March 17, 2008 at 7:06

    :D lol

  9. eric on July 5, 2008 at 9:56

    omg i did auto­solve for 12 pegs..takes 4095 moves @.@

  10. Alvaro on July 7, 2008 at 10:25

    Miss, very impressive!

    Would you like to try Eric’s suggestion :-)

  11. carlos on December 21, 2008 at 11:05

    this web­site is great. a cou­ple of years ago I start­ed to expe­ri­ence a con­stant decrease in my mem­o­ry when read­ing, remem­ber­ing what i read and much dif­fi­cul­ty to con­cen­trate to do any­thing from remem­ber­ing the roads when i am dri­ving to names num­bers an so on,what exer­cis­es are bet­ter to improve my mem­o­rie an con­cen­tra­tion and be able to remem­ber an talk eas­i­er about the thing i read??
    I would be very grate­ful if you can give me some guidelines.
    Thanks and best wishes.

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