Memory relies mostly on the temporal lobes (see green area) and also the frontal lobes (red), so those are the areas that will get some good neuronal activation when readers raised in the US try to remember the missing words in the American proverbs below.
Now, if you were raised outside the US and are not familiar with those proverbs you will have to use your reasoning skills more than your memory skills — In that case, frontal lobe activation will be wider and more intense.
Conversely, if you were raised in the US you will find the international proverbs below to be more challenging. You will not be able to remember them, as you probably never learned them, but you should be able to figure them out for extra frontal lobe, cognitive exercise.
Here’s the task: Guess the missing words of each US and international proverb below. Get a pen and piece of paper and write your answers before you check the solutions 🙂
Ready, Set, Go!
1. The early bird gets the ___________.
2. After all is _______ and done, more is said than __________.
3. From ___________ beginnings come great ____________.
4. Don’t ___________ horses while crossing a ____________.
5. The frog does not ____________ the pond in which he __________.
1. Write injuries in sand, kindnesses in ____________. (France)
2. A closed mouth catches no _____________ . (France)
3. Appetite comes with _______________ . (France)
4. If you are looking for a fly in your food it means that you are ___________. (South Africa)
5. Behold the iguana puffing itself out to make itself a ____________. (South Africa)
6. Milk the cow, but do not pull off the ___________. (Greece)
7. If you want to gather a lot of knowledge, act as if you are _________________. (Vietnam)
1. The early bird gets the worm.
2. After all is said and done, more is said than done.
3. From small beginnings come great things.
4. Don’t change horses while crossing a stream.
5. The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.
1. Write injuries in sand, kindnesses in marble.
2. A closed mouth catches no flies.
3. Appetite comes with eating.
4. If you are looking for a fly in your food it means that you are full.
5. Behold the iguana puffing itself out to make itself a man!
6. Milk the cow, but do not pull off the udder.
7. If you want to gather a lot of knowledge, act as if you are ignorant.
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.
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