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Top 15 Brain Teasers and Games for Mental Exercise

Over the last 2 years we have posted close to 100 puzzles, teasers, riddles, and every kind of form of mental exercise (including lengthy interviews with top neuroscientists!).Which ones have proven most stimulating (of the puzzles and teasers, not the interviews)? Well, we could answer that question in a variety of ways, but I’d suggest this metric: by averaging two ranks for each of the brain teasers: the rank for the number of comments left, and the rank for total traffic received. Without further ado…here you have:

Top 15 Brain Teasers and Games for Mental Exercise

1. Can you count?: Basketball attention experiment (Interactive).

2. Which way is the bus heading?.

3. Words in your brain: do you know where words are “stored” in your brain?.

4. Please Spot the Differences.

5. Do you think you know the colors?: Quick, try the Stroop Test.

6. Clinically proven Stress Management tip.

7. Riddle for the Whole Brain: The Blind Beggar.

8. What is going on with these pictures?.

9. Brain Teasers for the Weekend: a few challenges to exercise your attention and working memory.

10. Consider Linda‘s job prospects: riddle, or obvious?.

11. Count the Fs in this sentence.

12. Please find the missing number here.

13. How many… exercise your Frontal and Parietal lobes.

14. Mental Imagery and Spatial Rotation challenge.

15. Enjoy this Sunday Afternoon Quiz.

As a bonus, you can also try and write some Brainy Haikus. To inspire you, below you have a few haikus written by our readers (given that novelty, variety and challenge are important for our brains, writing haikus equals -for most of us who are not haiku specialists- another form of brain teasers to exercise our brains).

– Amit:

Love, college, career.
A new world of transitions.
Will I survive? Yes.

– Kathy:

My release technique,
Forgive, forget, love all,
Meditate on that!

– Alan:

Through the microscope,
slice of brain stains pink and blue,
the wonder of thought.

– Justin:

Justin the genius
Must spell check the word genius
to post this Haiku

– GTB, the skeptic, says


Haiku’s are easy
But sometimes they don’t make sense


If you want more brain teasers and games, you can always visit our BrainTeasers page.

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