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Selection of articles and brain teasers to celebrate Brain Awareness Week 2018


Please join us next week in cel­e­brat­ing Brain Aware­ness Week 2018  (March 12–18th), the annu­al glob­al cam­paign orga­nized by the Dana Foun­da­tion to increase pub­lic aware­ness about the progress and ben­e­fits of brain research.

You can attend some of the many activ­i­ties world­wide (here’s the BAW’s Inter­na­tion­al Cal­en­dar of events), and also enjoy and share some of our most pop­u­lar arti­cles and brain teasers:

1. Top Brain Teasers, Games and Illu­sions, for Teens and Adults of Any Age

2. How learn­ing changes your brain

3. To har­ness neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty, start with enthu­si­asm

4. The Ten Habits of High­ly Effec­tive Brains

5. Why you turn down the radio when you’re lost

6. Can you grow your hip­pocam­pus? Yes. Here’s how, and why it mat­ters

7. 10 neu­rotech­nolo­gies about to trans­form brain enhance­ment and brain health

8. What Edu­ca­tors and Par­ents Should Know About Neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty and Dance

9. Five rea­sons the future of brain enhance­ment is dig­i­tal, per­va­sive and (hope­ful­ly) bright

10. What are cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties and how to boost them?

11. 8 Tips To Remem­ber What You Read

12. Solv­ing the Brain Fit­ness Puz­zle Is the Key to Self-Empow­ered Aging

13. Six tips to build resilience and pre­vent brain-dam­ag­ing stress

14. Can brain train­ing work? Yes, if it meets these 5 con­di­tions

15. 20 Must-Know Facts to Har­ness Neu­ro­plas­tic­i­ty and Improve Brain Health

Have a great Brain Aware­ness Week 2018!


Learn about cognition and mental self-rotation with these quick brain teasers



Men­tal self-rota­tion is the cog­ni­tive skill to imag­ine your­self in space and to imag­ine your­self mov­ing — such as when you read­ing a map or find­ing your car in the park­ing lot. Read the rest of this entry »

What do you see first, animals or people?

Cour­tesy Matt Lieber­man, author of “Social: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Con­nect”


Try hard, try dif­fer­ent, and you’ll see both 🙂

For more visu­al illu­sions and brain teasers:

For more about Dr. Lieberman’s work:


Are you familiar with these research findings and technologies revolutionizing Brain & Mental Health?


Try adding 3 and 8 in your head.

That was easy. Now, try­ing adding 33 and 88. That was prob­a­bly more dif­fi­cult. Final­ly, try adding 333 and 888.

Time for Sharp­Brains’ Octo­ber e-newslet­ter, this time dis­cussing a range of research find­ings and tech­nolo­gies rev­o­lu­tion­iz­ing brain and men­tal health.

New thinking about cognition, brain and mind:

Emerging toolkit for brain health & enhancement:

News about the 2017 SharpBrains Virtual Summit (December 5–7th):

And finally, a couple of fun brain teasers to start the week of the right foot:


Have a great month of Novem­ber!

The Sharp­Brains Team

Brain Teaser for pattern recognition: The Empty Triangle

Here you have a quick brain teaser…which num­ber should be placed in the emp­ty tri­an­gle to  the right?

This puz­zle works your exec­u­tive func­tions in your frontal lobes by using your pat­tern recog­ni­tion, hypoth­e­sis test­ing, and log­ic.

Warn­ing: There can be more than one solution…but make sure what­ev­er you say works in all four tri­an­gles!

The Emp­ty Tri­an­gle

Pattern Recognition Test - Empty Triangle

Let us know how you do! Read the rest of this entry »

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