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#5. Quick brain teasers for adults to flex two key mental muscles: attention and working memory

brain teasers for adults.

Look­ing for some fun, and free, cog­ni­tive stim­u­la­tion? Here you have a few quick brain teasers to exer­cise your atten­tion and your work­ing mem­ory–the abil­ity to keep infor­ma­tion in your mind while work­ing on inte­grat­ing, pro­cess­ing it. Giv­en them a try…they are not as easy as they seem.

  • 1. Say the days of the week back­wards, then in alpha­bet­i­cal order. (Speak oth­er lan­guages? Try doing the same in Span­ish, French, Man­darin…)
  • 2. Say the months of the year in alpha­bet­i­cal order. Easy? Well, why don’t you try doing so back­wards, in reverse alpha­bet­i­cal order.
  • 3. Find the sum of your date of birth, mm/dd/yyyy. Want a tougher mind teas­er? Do the same with your spouse’s or best friend’s date of birth (with­out look­ing it up…)
  • 4. Name two objects for every let­ter in your first name. Work up to five objects, try­ing to use dif­fer­ent items each time.
  • 5. Look around wher­ev­er you are and, with­in two min­utes, try to find 5 red things that will fit in your pock­ets, and 5 blue objects that are too big to fit.

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  1. Saoyai says:

    This is very inter­est­ing to know.

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