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Quick brain teaser: Which train is going the wrong way?

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In the image above –cour­tesy of Heathrow Express– you can see 27 trains on the tracks.

Quick. Can you spot the  out­lier?

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of Applied Neuroscience and Neurotechnology

After a very busy month, it’s time now for Sharp­Brains e‑newsletter to sum­ma­rize the lat­est ini­tia­tives, tools and ideas for life­long brain health and men­tal fit­ness — and to share a few puz­zles and illu­sions to tease your brain.

A grow­ing num­ber of class­rooms in Chi­na are equipped with arti­fi­cial-intel­li­gence cam­eras and brain-wave track­ers. Video: Crys­tal Tai for The Wall Street Jour­nal.

New neuro-infused education and healthcare initiatives:

New neurotech and digital health tools:

New thinking on brain and mental health:

Finally, a few fun brain teasers for adults and kids alike 🙂

 

Have a great month of Octo­ber,

 

The Sharp­Brains Team

Tease your brain with the Hermann Grid illusion

Here’s a beau­ti­ful exam­ple of the Her­mann Grid illu­sion in the real-world: You will notice faint white cir­cles appear where the hor­i­zon­tal and ver­ti­cal slats inter­sect in the win­dow frame (even if no white cir­cles are there at all!)

The Hermann Grid illusion

In this image, do you see some­thing oth­er than black and white? 

Hermann Grid

While there are only black blocks and white spaces in the grid, the high con­trast black and white areas fool the eyes into per­ceiv­ing a gray cir­cle at each inter­sec­tion. The illu­sion results from Read the rest of this entry »

Math brain teaser requiring no math — just perception and cognition

Necrop­oli Grot­ti­cel­li, the tomb of Archimedes in Syra­cuse

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Greek math­e­mati­cian, physi­cist, engi­neer, inven­tor, and astronomer Archimedes made many great sci­en­tif­ic dis­cov­er­ies through­out his life. He explained why and how bod­ies float in the water, designed mir­ror arrays capa­ble of focus­ing sun rays and set­ting ene­my ships on fire, found the way of approx­i­mat­ing the num­ber of grains of sand that will fit inside the uni­verse.

Now to the brain teas­er part.

His tomb was dec­o­rat­ed with his favorite dis­cov­ery. Which one of the fol­low­ing three sculp­tures was hon­or­ing Archimedes, and why?

  1. A gold­en crown com­mem­o­rat­ing his famous Eure­ka moment in the bath
  2. A lever with which he promised one could move the Earth
  3. A sim­ple cylin­der and a sphere

The puz­zle answer is below. Please think about it before check­ing it out… Read the rest of this entry »

Brain teaser to test your pattern recognition: Fill the void

Pattern Recognition Test - Empty Triangle

Here’s a quick brain teas­er pro­vid­ed by puz­zle mas­ter Wes Car­roll. Which num­ber should be placed in the emp­ty tri­an­gle, and why?

This brain teas­er helps you work out your exec­u­tive functions–supported by your frontal lobes– such as pat­tern recog­ni­tion, hypoth­e­sis test­ing, and log­ic.

Let us know below how you do and whether you have alter­na­tive answers that also work! Read the rest of this entry »

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