Brain Exercises

 

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Exercise your Science Brain

LEFT BRAIN

Logical

Sequential

Rational

Analytical

Objective

Looks at parts

 

RIGHT BRAIN

Random

Intuitive

Creative

Synthesizing

Subjective

Looks at wholes

 

 

 

 

 

Click here: Left Brain - Right Brain Quiz / Another Quiz / And Another / Two Sides

Click here: Brain Games / More Brain Games / Even More Brain Games

Click here: The Power of Concentration

 

 

Your brain's three parts:

 

The Brainstem

  • The innermost part of the brain.
  • Sometimes called the reptilian brain.
  • Responsible for unconscious functions like breathing and heartbeat.
  • Basically, it keeps your alive!

 

 

 

The Limbic Brain

  • Comes from the Latin word limbus, meaning "ring."
  • The limbic brain, which rings the brainstem, is the seat of emotion.
  • It is responsible for impulsiveness.
  • It contains a small, almond-shaped structure called the amygdala, which is the guide of anger and fear.
  • It contains the seahorse shaped hippocampus, which encodes memories.
  • The hippocampus controls hormones.

 

 

 

The Cortex

  • Comes from the Latin word for "tree bark."
  • It contains the gray matter.
  • Responsible for conscious thought and reason.
  • Controls higher brain function like calculating, planning and language.
  • Makes up 80% of brain mass.

 

 

 

Image Below: A Typical Neuron

 

 

LEFT BRAIN TEASER . . .


Because their brains are organised differently, left-handers see and think differently and can get some very different results from various "brain tests", usually doing very well on tests that involve creative thinking or unraveling complex images and manipulating 3D images. Here's a famous test of creativity - have a look at the image below:

A logical left-dominant brain sees only a hodgepodge of disconnected shapes, but the right-dominant brain can go beyond logic and find the connecting concept that makes sense of the shapes. If you can't "see" beyond the shapes, it's because your left-handed brain is trying to solve the problem and won't let your right-handed brain have a go. If you still can't see the picture, the answer is below:

The picture is of a dog drinking from a stream,

with its head in the middle of the picture facing down to the water and its tail off to the right.

 

 

Left Brain - Right Brain Test

While sitting at your desk...

Lift your right foot off the floor and make clockwise circles.

Now, while doing this,

Draw the number "6" in the air with your right hand.

(Your foot will change direction and there is nothing you can do about it!)

 

 

 

MORE BRAIN STUFF. . .

 

Olny smoe poelpe can raed tihs. I cdnuolt blveiee taht I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd waht I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it deosn't mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod are, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit a porbelm. Tihs is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the wrod as a wlohe. Amzanig huh? yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt!

 

 

TRY THIS:

For the words below, read the color of the ink, not the words themselves.

 

 

 

 

Are you a good observer?

 

Observation (noun):

- a statement about something you have noticed

Observe (verb):

- the act of paying close attention in order to gather information (data)

 

Click here: The Invisible G Website

Click here: Selective Attention Test / Conversation Perception Test

EYE TEST

Count every letter ' F ' in the following red text:

 

FINISHED FILES ARE THE RE-
SULT OF YEARS OF SCIENTI-
FIC STUDY COMBINED WITH
THE EXPERIENCE OF YEARS.

 

HOW MANY F's?

(SEE BELOW)

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ANSWER: There are 6 -- no joke.


Read it again!


Really, go Back and Try to find the 6 F's before you scroll down.

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The reasoning behind it is that
the brain cannot process the word 'OF'

 

 

( Directions: Read aloud the words inside the triangle below. )

 

 

Most people read, "A bird in the bush."

Did you notice that the word "the" is listed twice?

 

Can you find the man's face in the coffee beans below?

 

Click here: Face Blindness

 

 

~ A Math Mind Boggler ~

1) Pick a number from 5 to 9.

2) Subtract 5.

3) Multiply by 3.

4) Square the number (multiply by itself).

5) Add the digits in the number together until you get only one digit, i.e. 64 = 6 + 4 = 10; 1 + 0 = 1.

6) If the number is less than 5, add five. Otherwise subtract 4.

7) Multiply it by 2.

8) Subtract 6.

9) Give the digit its corresponding letter in the alphabet (for example; 1 = A, 2 = B, 3 = C, 4 = D...26 = Z, etc.)

10) Pick a name of a country (NOT A STATE) that begins with that letter.

11) Take the second letter in the country name and think of a mammal that begins with that letter.

12) Think of the most common color of that animal.

 

 

FOR THE ANSWER, SCROLL DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS WEB PAGE.

 

What do you see below?

 

Most people notice the word "me" in brown.

Look again... Find the "you" in the "me."

 

 

What do you see below?

 

Can you see both "optical" and "illusion?"

 

 

What do you see below?

 

You probably can see the word "teach."

But...did you see the word "learn" in the reflection?

 

( Strange but true: The image below is NOT really moving. )

 

 

Click here: Rotating Gears

MORE INTERESTING LINKS...

Click here: Brainteasers, Puzzles and Riddles / Web Source Illusions

Click here: Optical Illusion / Quirkology: 10 Amazing Illusions

Click here: Selective Attention Test / Part Two / Part Three

 

 

HIDDEN IMAGE STEREOGRAMS:

Hint: Blur your eyes to make the image pop out at you.

 

Can you see the candy clusters above?

 

Can you see the T-rex dinosaur above?

 

Can you see planet Saturn with rings above?

 

Can you see the rosebud above?

 

Can you see the huge hippo above (in the center)?

 

Can you see the shark above?

 

Click here: More Optical Stereograms

 

 

 

Polynesian Postcards


Last month, while Calvin was away on vacation in the South Pacific, he sent a postcard to each of his five closest friends (including Tom). Can you determine which friend received a postcard from which island (one is Huahine), and what was shown on each card?

1. Andy, Rick, and the person whose postcard was mailed from Tahiti received the postcards showing (in some order) a white sand beach, a waterfall, and an array of seashells.
2. Of the postcards mailed from Bora Bora and Moorea, one went to Charlotte, and the other (which didn't go to Sally) depicted tropical fish.
3. Neither Andy's postcard nor the one showing a waterfall was the one mailed from Raiatea.
4. The postcard highlighting palm trees wasn't sent from Moorea.
5. The postcard for Rick wasn't the picture of seashells.

CHART
Friend
Island
Postcard
Andy      
Charlotte      
Rick      
Sally      
Tom      

 

 

Click here: More Mystery Mastery Logic Puzzlers

 

~ Image Gallery ~

 

 

The Tin Man: "If I only had a heart."

Scarecrow: "If I only had a brain."

Lion: "If I only had courage."

 

Answer to the Math Mind Boggler:

(A GRAY ELEPHANT FROM DENMARK)