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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?

Temporal lobe Frontal LobeYou 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:

example visuospatial skills

Ready. Set. Go! (and please don’t rotate your device, or your head…)

exercise visuospatial skills


Row 1: normal, reversed, reversed
Row 2: normal, normal, reversed
Row 3: normal, reversed, reversed


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Pascale Michelon— 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).

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