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
How anxiety affects your focus (BBC Worklife):
Feel like you can’t concentrate on anything at the moment? You’re not alone. The extra anxiety caused by the Covid-19 pandemic has impaired our working memory, experts say … What’s happening is a malfunction of working memory: the ability to grasp incoming information, form it into a cohesive thought, and hold onto it long enough to do what you need to with it.
In other words, working memory is the ability to reason in real time, and it’s a big part of what makes the human brain so powerful. But research has showed that rapidly changing circumstances, worry and anxiety can all have a significant impact on your ability to focus.
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?
An always delightful way to learn more about our brains and minds is to experience so-called optical illusions and to see how we react to them.
Below you have three fun ones to tease, and probably even puzzle, you mind.
Ready, set, go!
Imagine spending the summer polishing your PhD thesis in the library. Every day you take the subway, a train going up North to the university.
One day you realize that the trains going South can bring you to the beach. Nothing is wrong with some leisure. You calculate that if you spend half of the remaining summer vacation in the library that should be enough to finish the thesis. To spice up the summer, [Read more…] about Brain teaser: Will you finish your thesis on time?
You read a lot. Now, do you remember much of what of you read?
Whether it is books, blog, magazines, or professional manuals, we still need to read. Now and in years ahead. And, much of it is nonfiction material, where it’s crucial to first understand and then remember what you are reading. [Read more…] about How to remember what you read: Eight tips to improve reading speed and cognitive ability