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Fun brain teasers for kids and adults: Which train is going the “wrong” way? And, where is that bus going?

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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?

(Not nec­es­sar­i­ly “wrong”, just dif­fer­ent from all oth­er trains) Read the rest of this entry »

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 »

5 quick brain teasers to sharpen two key cognitive skills: attention and working memory

Look­ing for some fun–and free–cognitive stim­u­la­tion over the week­end? Here you have a few quick brain teasers to chal­lenge your atten­tion and your work­ing mem­ory (work­ing mem­ory is the capac­i­ty to keep infor­ma­tion in your mind while work­ing on pro­cess­ing and inte­grat­ing it)

Please give them a try…they are not as easy as they may seem 🙂 Read the rest of this entry »

23. Quick brainteaser to test your cognitive skills…and biases

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Brain teas­er: Please con­sider Lin­da, a 31-year-old woman, sin­gle and bright. When she was a stu­dent, in high school and in col­lege too, she was deeply involved in social jus­tice issues, and also par­tic­i­pated in envi­ron­men­tal protests. Which is more prob­a­ble about Linda’s occu­pa­tion today? Read the rest of this entry »

Math Brain Teaser: How to Choose a Mans Shirt

You have been invit­ed to an impor­tant fundrais­ing gala at your old col­lege and decid­ed that this black-tie event demands a short col­lar super white Ital­ian shirt, like the one you bought years ago for your wed­ding. When you brave­ly tried the wed­ding shirt on (size 16), your wife not­ed that the col­lar suf­fo­cates you and you need about 1/4″ more space every­where in-between your neck and the col­lar all around your neck. What size shirt do you need to buy?  In case you don’t know the shirt size 16 means that a tape wrapped around your neck and two fin­gers posi­tioned flat upfront will mea­sure 16 inch­es.

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