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Brain Teaser: Words in your brain, learn as you exercise!

Temporal lobe Frontal LobeDo you know where words are stored in your brain…?

In your tem­po­ral lobe! (in green on this pro­file view of the right side of your brain).

As you know your brain has two sides (two hemi­spheres) con­nect­ed by the cor­pus cal­lo­sum. So you have one tem­po­ral lobe on each side of the brain.

If you are right-hand­ed, your lan­guage is stored most­ly in your left tem­po­ral lobe. If you are left-hand­ed, you are not so lat­er­al­ized and your lan­guage is stored a bit on both sides of your brain in the tem­po­ral lobes.

Words in the brain are not stored ran­dom­ly. They seemed to be quite orga­nized. Research has shown that words that are often heard togeth­er (such as salt and pep­per) or words that share some mean­ing (such as nurse and doc­tor) are con­nect­ed or asso­ci­at­ed in the brain. Once you hear one, the oth­er is acti­vat­ed.

Here is a brain exer­cise whose aim is to stim­u­late the con­nec­tions or asso­ci­a­tions between words in your tem­po­ral lobe.

In the left col­umn you have a pair of words. Your goal is to find a third word that is con­nect­ed or asso­ci­at­ed with both of these two words.

The first pair is PIANO and LOCK. The answer is KEY. The word key is con­nect­ed with both the word piano and the word lock: there are KEYS on a piano and you use a KEY to lock doors.

Key is what is called a homo­graph: a word that has more than one mean­ing but is always spelled the same.

Ready to stim­u­late con­nec­tions in your tem­po­ral lobe(s)? Enjoy! (Solu­tions are below. Please don’t check them until you have tried to solve all the pairs!)

1. LOCK — PIANO

2. SHIP — CARD

3. TREE — CAR

4. SCHOOL — EYE

5. PILLOW — COURT

6. RIVER — MONEY

7. BED — PAPER

8. ARMY — WATER

9. TENNIS — NOISE

10. EGYPTIAN — MOTHER

11. SMOKER — PLUMBER

Pascale Michelon— This arti­cle was writ­ten by Pas­cale Mich­e­lon, Ph. D., for SharpBrains.com. Dr. Mich­e­lon has a Ph.D. in Cog­ni­tive Psy­chol­o­gy and has worked as a Research Sci­en­tist at Wash­ing­ton Uni­ver­si­ty in Saint Louis, in the Psy­chol­o­gy Depart­ment. She con­duct­ed sev­er­al research projects to under­stand how the brain makes use of visu­al infor­ma­tion and mem­o­rizes facts.

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SOLUTIONS

1. LOCK —  PIANO > KEY

2. SHIP — CARD > Deck

3. TREE — CAR > Trunk

4. SCHOOL —  EYE > Pupil (Exam and Pri­vate are also pos­si­ble)

5. PILLOW —  COURT  > Case

6. RIVER — MONEY > Bank (Flow is also pos­si­ble)

7. BED — PAPER > Sheet

8. ARMY — WATER > Tank

9. TENNIS — NOISE > Rack­et

10. EGYPTIAN — MOTHER > Mum­my

11. SMOKER — PLUMBER > Pipe

 

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  1. Rose says:

    For #8 I got BASE — I’m an artist and paints have a water base or an oil base.

  2. Yonjiru says:

    Here are my answers:

    1. key
    2. deck
    3. trunk
    4. pupil
    5. case
    6. flow
    7. ros­es [bed of ros­es and paper ros­es lol~]
    8. boy [army boy, new recruit and water boy]
    9.racket
    10.mummy/mommy [i though homo-some­thing should have the same spelling?]
    11. fil­ter [cig­a­rette fil­ter and faucet/pipe fil­ters]

    I’m not amer­i­can… I’m asian and I don’t live out­side my country…yet. Haha~

  3. Jon says:

    I had ‘butt’ for no. 11
    😛

  4. Brian says:

    how about army/water navy ?

  5. Rick Williams says:

    Imao I think board is also viable alter­na­tive answer to #2

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