Archive | September, 2013

Weekly Brain Challenge: One of These Things is Not Like the Others

30 Sep

Are you ready for Autumn? Fall officially started on September 22nd! Check out these One of These Things is not like the Others puzzles in celebration of the season. There are five today!

Bat Jack-O-Lantern

Grinning Jack-O-LanternAutumn Tree BranchThanks for playing!

House with Autumn TreesCat Jack-O-LanternSign up for Crunch Time

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Weekly Brain Challenge: Reading Meaning in Chaos

29 Sep

Our daily goal is to make sense out of the world and sometimes that involves finding the meaning in what looks like chaos.  Good thing our brains are amazing cyphers!   Give this a try:

For emaxlpe, it deson’t mttaer in waht oredr the ltteers in a wrod aepapr, the olny iprmoatnt tihng is taht the frist and lsat ltteer are in the rghit pcale. The rset can be a toatl mses and you can sitll raed it wouthit pobelrm.

S1M1L4RLY, Y0UR M1ND 15 R34D1NG 7H15 4U70M471C4LLY W17H0U7 3V3N 7H1NK1NG 4B0U7 17.

Researchers are getting closer to understanding the brain process that leads to individual differences in how brains crack code and allow us to read in cases like those above but no one quite gets the whole picture yet.   New research is focusing on how to use these differences to help people with dyslexia and other reading challenges.  That would be big.

We are celebrating the importance of words today in this 5 difference, Find the Difference puzzle — one of our all time favorites!

Pay attention to how you solve this puzzle.  How easy is it for you to over-ride your brain’s tendency to fill the meaning and over-look the differences?

Find the Difference puzzle

Webster’s Dictionary was originally called the “American Dictionary of the English Language”. Today, the dictionary includes somewhere around 470,000 entries!

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