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A brain teaser is a kind of puzzle that is created to elicit a lot of cogitating or mental/cognitive activity in or order to solve the brain teaser. In many cases a brain teaser requires one to think in very conventional ways within the normal confines of the mind given one’s own personal knowledge. There are other forms of brain teasers that require one to think in a lateral way – a more creative way if you will. These types of brain teasers include logic puzzles and riddles. Crossword puzzles and Sudoku are counted among some of the more popular printable brain teasers.
The First Brain Teaser
The brain teaser has been around since the dawn of mathematics. The great Greek mathematician Archimedes was believed to be a great enthusiast of the brain teaser. He would often create mathematical problems that he would challenge students and peers alike to solve.
Exercise Your Brain
The brain teaser serves a much larger purpose then just being something fun to do in order to pass the time. You can literally exercise your brain to think faster and more efficiently if you partake in brain teaser games. The more you “exercise” your brain the more brain cells you produce; increasing your thought processes and reasoning ability. The Nintendo Corporation has recently released a number of brain games for use on its portable Nintendo DS system as a fun way to train your brain to think better.
Children who start to use brain teasers are more likely to succeed in school than those that do not. This is because the brain of a child is not yet fully developed and is, in all reality, a sponge. They can learn and retain knowledge a lot easier than a full grown adult. Teaching these cognitive skills early on will allow for a higher probability of advancement in not just intelligence but to aid in difficult problem solving and life choices.
The Different Kinds of Brain Teasers
In the world of the brain teaser there are several styles or versions which test your mind differently. There are many puzzles and brain teasers out there to be had but not everyone thinks in a way suitable to some. There are brain teasers that exercise the cognitive, or logical nature, of the brain whereas others require a more creative way of thinking in order to solve them – a MacGyver puzzle if you’re so inclined.
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