A fascinating New York Time article on solving puzzles: Why you do it, how you do it, and what’s going on in your brain while you do it.
The appeal of puzzles goes far deeper than the dopamine-reward rush of finding a solution. The very idea of doing a crossword or a Sudoku puzzle typically shifts the brain into an open, playful state.
There are different ways to solve a puzzle: an analytical way of trial and errors and an “insight” or creative way. [Read more…] about Your brain on puzzles: Insights come with a wider focus of attention.