Draw the letter J in your mind.
Now draw the letter D. Turn it 90 degrees to the left and put it in top of the J.
What does this shape resemble? [Read more…] about Three quick brain teasers to exercise your working memory
You have been invited to a fundraising gala at your old college (via Zoom of course) and decide that this black-tie event demands a super white Italian shirt, like the one you bought years ago for your wedding.
When you find and bravely try the wedding shirt on (size 16), your wife notices that the collar suffocates you — you DO need about 1/4″ more space everywhere in-between your neck and the collar all around your neck.
So you’ll need a new shirt.
What size shirt do you need to buy? [Read more…] about Brain Teaser: What shirt size you need?
Looking for some fun cognitive stimulation to kickstart the week?
Below you’ll find a few brain teasers to challenge your attention and your working memory–the ability to keep information in your mind while manipulating multiple units of information at the same time.
Given them a try … they are not as easy as they may sound 🙂 [Read more…] about Five quick brain teasers to flex those Attention and Working Memory mental muscles
Time for a new edition of SharpBrains’ e‑newsletter.
#1. First of all, it’s not all bad news this month. Study finds that moderate lifetime drinking may lead to lower Alzheimer-related beta amyloid deposits in the brain
#2. And, talk about personalized medicine! This fascinating study showing how brain imaging (fMRI) + machine learning + intensive, non-invasive neurostimulation = targeted treatments that can maximize efficacy and minimize side effects: Reinventing depression treatment via transcranial magnetic brain stimulation (TMS)
#3. Also, not a minute too soon … Meditation apps have gone mainstream in the covid-19 era and Digital health start-ups raised a record $3.1 billion in Q1; focus will likely evolve from providers to consumers and employers
#4. Fyi, a very timely virtual event coming Tuesday April 28th, online: Explore strategies and tools to boost mental wellbeing during (and after) Covid-19
#5. Now, “While Pear has an advantage over the competition in that its products are backed by randomized clinical trials, physicians and health plans are still working out how to prescribe and pay for digital therapeutics.” The FDA clears Somryst, Pear’s digital therapeutic to treat chronic insomnia
#6. Net net, now is the time for individual and collective action to shift to a healthier “new normal” for all: 3 ways to protect your mental health during –and after– COVID-19 (in Spanish: Tres hábitos de higiene mental para vencer al COVID-19 y crear un futuro más saludable). Want more? Enjoy these Three tips for wise minds to calm coronavirus anxiety
#7. A small but important study for that hopeful near future when universities and colleges reopen their doors: Study finds mixed results of Adderall as cognitive enhancer (seems to boost emotion more than cognition)
#8. But, first things first. “The Bee Gees song “Stayin’ Alive” reached #1 on the pop charts in 1977. Maybe it was the beat, maybe it was John Travolta’s dancing. Or maybe it’s that the Gibb brothers’ central lyric is quite literally always playing in our head. Keeping us safe —that is, “stayin’ alive ”— is the primary mission of the brain”
Enough with coronavirus outbreak. Anything else going on? Yes!
#9. The Right to Personal Identity. The Right to Free Will. The Right to Mental Privacy. The Right to Equal Access to Mental Augmentation. The Right to Protection from Algorithmic Bias. Will these five NeuroRights help harness emerging neurotechnologies for the common good?
#10. “Today, the scientific investigation of transcendent experiences is, in my view, one of the most exciting frontiers in the science of well-being.” Transcending Maslow’s famous “hierarchy of needs” through Maslow’s own research on Peak Experiences
#11. You CAN have your cake and eat it too: Here’s a brain teaser to stimulate your mental imagery, spatial rotation … and appetite
#12. Question: My first thought after congratulating myself on being so clever about something? Tease your brain with these eight fun riddles…
Wishing you and yours a great month of May,
The SharpBrains Team
Here’s a fun puzzle that a friend shared over zoom a few days ago.
Challenge: How can you cut a cake into eight equal pieces with only three cuts?
Note: The cake in the puzzle is not necessarily the one pictured above 🙂 Imagine your own cake.
Check the answer below only after you’ve tried… [Read more…] about Brain teaser to stimulate your mental imagery, spatial rotation … and appetite
Q: My first thought after congratulating myself on being so clever about something?
A: “How can I have been so dumb about that for so long!”
Q: Who is harder to forgive than anyone, for truly dumb behaviour?
A: [Read more…] about Tease your brain with these eight fun riddles