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5 quick brain teasers to sharpen two key cognitive skills: attention and working memory

Looking for some fun–and free–cognitive stimulation over the weekend? Here you have a few quick brain teasers to challenge your atten­tion and your work­ing mem­ory (work­ing mem­ory is the capacity to keep infor­ma­tion in your mind while working on processing and integrating it)

Please give them a try…they are not as easy as they may 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 all the digits in 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. Within two minutes, look around wherever you are and try to find 5 red things that will fit in your pockets, and 5 blue objects that are too big to fit.

PS: If you want even more, check out these 50 brain teasers, games and visual illusions. Free, and fun for adults of any age!

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