Brain and Memory Games- 10 Brain Teaser Puzzles
The mind is singularly the most important part of any person. It is an organ that controls every other function of the body. Without it, individuals would cease to function and would be unable to complete even the simplest of tasks. The strength of any muscle, tissue, or organ in our body is determined by the amount of time we dedicate to using that part. For example, the more we use our arms to lift objects, the stronger they become.
The mind is no exception to this idea. That is why it is important for people to continually challenge their brain through daily practice of “neurobatics,” a phrase coined by the late Lawrence Katz, a neurologist whose works are associated with the Duke University Medical Center. Different neurobatic activities would include: reading, brainteasers, puzzles, yoga, meditation, and much more.
What Lawrence Katz found is that if one was to use the non-dominant hand to perform simple, daily tasks, is that they could strengthen pathways to the side of the brain that was correlated with their weaker hand. This proves that people are not constrained to the limitations or barriers that their mind may place upon a less dominate section. This proves that people are able to improve upon the functionality of certain areas of the brain if they are to exercise these parts on a more frequent basis. Furthermore, Katz believed that if one were to engage in puzzles, brainteasers, and even just let their mind wander on occasion, they would access certain parts of the brain that are not regularly used. Strengthening these parts of the brain is essential for individuals to function more sharply and even prevent or negate the negative side effects that aging and stress play upon our minds.
Throughout our lives, we are continually generating new brain cells. These new brain cells help our brain function. In order to be successful, these new cells must be able to communicate well with each other. In order to do this, the brain cells require that some form of connection be made between them. Brainteasers and other forms of mental exercise have been correlated to the construction of firmly established neural connections between brain cells. An emerging “mini-industry” of brainteasers, puzzles, computer games, etc. has been steadily rising since the beginning of the 21st century. This helps to reinforce the idea that brainteasers and puzzles are effective means of exercising the brain.
Our brain is used to process and execute our will, and we can improve our ability to do this by exercising our brain and making it stronger. Exposing the brain to different brainteasers is small, easy way to exercise the brain, and is not as time consuming as other mental exercises. It is like taking the brain for a light jog, or bringing it to the gym to lift weights. If one is to exercise their brain on a daily basis, they will be able to strengthen their ability to think cognitively.
Old age isn’t the only factor that may inhibit the functionality of the brain. Factors such as stress, lack of sleep, and hunger have been proven to be factors that can greatly reduce one’s thought process. Many of these factors can be lessened if one makes adjustments to their diet and sleep patterns, but stress is a factor that we generally cannot control. Stress can be brought upon by factors such as workload that a boss places onto individuals, family troubles, and much more. It is important for individuals to maintain a healthy mental exercise habit so they can reduce the “dulling” effect that stress may have on their mind.
This is why the industry of brainteasers and puzzles has evolved into a “mini-industry.” Many newspapers and popular magazines have put a small puzzle segment near the end of their publication. Making this segment small is a means of preventing the puzzle or brainteaser from being too daunting of a task for the individual. Consumers may complete these puzzles on their own time, and work on them throughout the day or during a break. These small segments can be a perfect means to escape the daily grind, while also improving upon one’s brainpower and preventing the negative effects of aging and stress.
I have included several of my personal favorites brainteasers gathered across the web. Hopefully, they provide the reader with a better understanding of how effective brainteasers can be at exercising the mind. I have also provided the answers to these brainteasers; however, my recommendation to the reader is that they do not look at the answer to the brainteaser until after they have given the teaser ample thought. The reason behind this is that the point of these brainteasers is to exercise the mind. This cannot be done if the reader does not challenge himself or herself.
A man stands on one side of a river, with his dog on the other bank. The man calls for his dog. Without hesitation, the dog crosses the river without using a bridge or boat. The dog does not get wet in the process. How is this possible?
A sundial has the fewest moving parts of any timepiece, which has the most?
Ben’s mother had three children. The first child was named April, the second child was named May. What was the third child’s name?
Which is correct: “The yolk of the egg is white” or “The yolk of the egg are white?”
If I drink, I die, If I eat, I’m fine. What am I?
What word becomes shorter when you add two letters to
What occurs once in a minute, twice in a moment, but never in a thousand years?
I’m tall when I’m young, but short when I’m old. What am I?
Two men play five complete games of chess. Each many wins the same number of games. There are no ties. How is this possible?
A boy was rushed into the hospital’s emergency room. The ER doctor took one look at the boy and said, “I cannot operate on this boy, because he is my son.” However, the doctor was not the boy’s father. How is this possible?
1) The river is frozen
2) An hour glass, with thousands of tiny grains of sand
3) Ben, the answer is given away with the beginning word of the riddle.
4) Neither, egg yolk is yellow.
5) A Fire
7) The letter “M”
8) A candle.
9) The two men were not playing against each other
10) The Doctor was the boy’s mother.