Visuospatial 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?
You have just performed a mental rotation, a key ability to read maps, play chess, arrange furniture, etc. Mental rotation relies mostly on the parietal areas towards the back of your brain (orange section in the brain image to the right).
Here is a brain teaser to stimulate your mental rotation cognitive skills.
For each number in the matrix below, decide whether it is a normal or reversed number, as in this example:
Ready. Set. Go! (and please don’t rotate your device, or your head…)
Row 1: normal, reversed, reversed
Row 2: normal, normal, reversed
Row 3: normal, reversed, reversed
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— Pascale Michelon, PhD is a scientist, educator, and contributing author to “The SharpBrains Guide to Brain Fitness: How to Optimize Brain Health and Performance at Any Age” (April 2013; 284 pages).