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b bl la an nk k p pa ag ge e
How to be a
GENIUS
Written by John Woodward
Consultants Dr. David Hardman
and Phil Chambers
Illustrated by Serge Seidlitz
and Andy Smith
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6 Your amazing brain
MEET YOUR BRAIN
10 Mapping the brain
12 Left brain, right brain
14 Taking sides
16 Nerves and neurons
18 Brain waves
20 What is a genius?
CONTENTS
COME TO YOUR SENSES
24 Brain and eyes
26 Tricky pictures
28 How you see
30 Simple illusions
32 Impossible illusions
34 How you hear
36 Sounds like?
38 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart t
40 Taste and smell
42 Sensitive senses
44 How you feel and touch
46 Touch and tell 46 Touch and tel
e mind 48 Tricking the
Magic tricks 50
2 Sensing your body 52
4 Body illusions 5
6 Intuition io 5
HOW MEMORY WORKS
60 How you think
62 What is memory?
64 Improve your memory
66 Do you remember?
68 Paying attention
70 Making associations
72 Albert Einstein
PROBLEM SOLVING
76 How you learn
78 Mastering mazes
80 Puzzling patterns
82 Intelligence types
84 George Washington Carveer
86 Logic
88 Illogical thinking
90 Brainteasers
92 Thinking inside the box
94 Mathematical thinking
96 Think of a number
98 The magic of math
100 Spatial awareness areness
102 Seeing in 2-D
104 Thinking in 3-D
106 Invention
108 Wernher voon Braun
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A WAY WITH WORDS
112 Learning to speak
114 Having a word
116 Using language
118 Words aloud
120 Reading and writing
122 Jean Franςois Champollion
THE CREATIVE MIND
126 What is creativity?
128 Are you a creative spark?
130 Boost your creativity
132 Creative exercises
134 Leonardo da Vinci
YOUR BRAIN AND YOU
138 Sense of self
140 Personality types
142 What about you?
144 What makes you tick?
146 Mary Anning
148 The unconscious
150 Dreams
152 Emotions
154 Mahatma Gandhi
156 Fear
158 Reading emotions
160 Body talk
162 Good and bad habits
164 Winning and losing
THE EVOLVING BRAIN
168 How we got our brains
170 Charles Darwin
172 How the brain grows
174 Brain surgery
176 Animal intelligence
178 Train your pet
180 Can machines think?
182 Program your friend
184 Glossary
186 Answers
190 Index
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The brain is the most astonishing part
of your body. Its billions of cells control
everything you think and do, including
your actions, senses, emotions,
memory, and language. The more
you use it, the better it works.
This book is all about how to
get your brain cells buzzing and,
maybe, become a genius.
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A human brain A human bra rain
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Galen of Pergamun
A Greek surgeon named Galen of
Pergamun was one of the first people
to suspect that the brain was an
important organ and that it controlled
memories and emotions. Galen lived
between 129 and 200 CE, in what is
now Turkey, where he treated the
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LEFT BRAIN SKILLS IN
The left side of your brain is de
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rational aspects of your thinking, a
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processes are controlled by only one half of the brain. n. n d by only one
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the left hemisphere more.
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activity. It allows you to analyze a ze a activ
problem to find an answer.
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brain is much better at dealing with b
numbers than the right side, and it is
responsible for mathematical skills.
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Many mental activities involve both
sides of the brain, but the side that is
most involved may vary. These two
scans show the brain activity of two
people while listening to music. The
one on the left is using their right
hemisphere much more, indicating
a more intuitive approach, while the
other person may be more analytical.
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Most people are either left- or right-handed,
but did you know that you can also have a
dominant foot and a preferred eye? In both
physical and mental tasks, the left and right
sides of your brain are far from equal, and it
is very rare for someone to be able to use both
hands or feet equally well. Try the following
tests to find which side you are on tests to find which side you are on.
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TAKING SIDES
Best foot forward
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of your feet is dominant is to kicck
a soccer ball, but you usually taake
the first step of a flight of stairs s
with your stronger foot, too. Youur
preferred foot may not be on
the same side as your dominannt
hand—you can be left-footed annd y
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Look straight at the nose of the girl in each of
these pictures. In which one do you think she looks
happier? Most people find that she looks happier in
the bottom image, which shows her smiling on the
left side of the picture. This is because information
from your left visual field gets processed in your
brain’s right hemisphere, which is also dominant
for interpreting emotions.
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Handy test
Ambidexterity is the ability to use both hands equally well. To
see if you are ambidextrous try the exercise below. Take a pencil
in your right hand and ask a friend to time you for 15 seconds.
Starting top right, work your way along the line, putting as many
dots as you can in the white circles. Then do the same on the
other side with your left hand and compare the results.
You will get the farthest
along the line with your
dominant hand, but you may
surprise yourself by just how
well you did with your
weaker hand. If you found
that you got just as far
with each hand, you are
probably ambidextrous.
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can give you an advantage in some can give ve you an adva vantag age in some
sports. In baseball, for example, an sport rts rtts. In baseb eball, fo for ex example, e, an
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ps with depth perception. eye help
The left side of your brain assigns simple shapes
to common objects—for example, an almond shape for
an eye. So if you draw a face the right way up, you
probably draw the features based on what you think they
look like rather than what you see. When you look
at a face upside down, however, the right side of your
brain works harder to understand the unfamiliar image
and you draw the shapes and lines you actually see.
Trick your brain
This exercise reveals how your brain sometimes tricks you
into taking shortcuts. First, draw this upside-down picture of
a face. Then turn the face the right way up and draw it again.
When you compare the two pictures, you may be surprised
to find that the upside-down version is the most accurate.
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Broad view Broad view
Some geniuses do one thing extremely well,
but others excel at many things. Thomas
Jefferson—the main author of the U.S.
Declaration of Independence in 1776—was
a philosopher, archaeologist, architect, and
inventor, as well as a politician who became
president of the United States.
Determination Determination
Born in Poland in 1867, Marie Curie was
determined to be a scientist, even though
such a career was not considered suitable
for a woman in the 1800s. She fought poverty
and prejudice to win two Nobel Prizes for
her pioneering work on radioactivity.
Child prodigy Child prodigy
Some people just seem to be born geniuses.
Garry Kasparov was only 13 when he won the
Russian junior chess championship in 1976,
and he became the youngest-ever world
champion in 1985. He had a natural talent,
but he worked hard to make the most of it.
Encouragement
American sistterrs Venus and Serena
Williams are am mong the greatest of all ammong the greatest of all
tennis players. TThey showed amazing
talent from a young age, but they owe a
lot of their success to their parents, h i
who coached and encouraged them to
build on their skills.
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Come to Your
Senses
Come to Your
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We are visual creatures. We identify most things by sight We are visual creatures. We identify most things by sight
and we think mainly in visual terms. So for most of us,
sight is our dominant sense. This means that a lot of
the information we commit to memory is in the form
of visual images. But how do the brain and eyes
work together to create these images? wo
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Automatic control
Each eye has two lenses. The cornea at the
front forms one lens. Behind this is another
lens made of transparent jelly, suspended
by muscles that automatically change its
shape to focus on close or distant objects.
The colored iris controls the light entering
the eye by automatically dilating (widening)
or contracting the pupil at the centre.
Image convertor
Your eye is a ball of transparent jelly lined with light-sensitive
cells. Light rays enter your eye through lenses that focus an
upside-down image on the cells. These cells respond by
generating tiny electrical signals that pass down a bundle
of nerve fibers to your brain. The cells exposed to parts of
the image that are light generate bigger signals than cells
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sensor. The cells turn the image into an electronic code
that your brain can process.
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When you turn the light off in your
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your eyes can adapt to the low light
level—but it takes time. If you turn
the light back on, you get dazzled
because your eyes have adapted
to the dark. They must readapt to
the light, but they do this much
more quickly.
Strange effects
Bright lights and contrasting patterns can cause strange
optical effects. For example, if you stare at something for
a minute and then close your eyes, you see a negative
afterimage. Each color is replaced by its opposite, so the
yellow and red flowers shown below appear blue and cyan.
This is a side effect of the way your brain processes color.
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The point where the optic nerve leaves the eye cannot
detect light, but your brain invents information to fill the
gap. You can test this using the diagram above. Hold the
book at arm’s length, close your right eye, and focus on the
cross. Slowly move the book toward you. The center of
the wheel will disappear when it falls on your blind spot—
but your brain will fill the gap with spokes of the wheel.
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sensory cells in each eye— sen ensory ry cel ells ls in ea each ey eye— e— e—
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PICTURES
The optical illusions in this gallery all
play tricks on what your eyes and brain
think they are seeing. They stimulate
the eyes in such a way that still images
seem to move, colors change, and things
appear where they shouldn’t.
TRICKY
Did that move?
The patterns in this picture appear to be
moving, but not if you stare at any spot for
a few seconds. This demonstrates what is
called peripheral vision drift. Our brains
perceive the colors and contrasts as moving
when we are not looking directly at them,
but the effect ends when we train our eyes our eyes
on one spot.
Is it straight?
The horizontal lines in this illusion appear to be wavy,
but they are all perfectly straight—use a ruler and see
for yourself! Our brains interpret the lines as being
wavy owing to the disjointed black-and-white lines
running from top to bottom, which can also make
some horizontal bands look closer than others.
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Ouch!
If you move your eyes aroundd this pattern, called
the Ouchi illusion, the circle in the middle seems to
move or separate from the rrectangular background,
and even hovers in front of itt. This illusion is not fully
understood, but it probably aarises from the brain
being unsure of where the ci ircle ends when you
are not looking directly at it.
Jumping goldfish
Stare at the pink dot in the centre of the goldfish’s head for 15 seconds
and then look at the black dot in the empty bowl. You should see the
goldfish in its new home. This happens because an impression of the
goldfish, called an afterimage, is still left on the back of your eye.
Color contrasts
Which of these green crosses is lighter? Most people would
say the cross on the right. It might seem strange, but there is
actually no difference between them. This illusion is known as
simultaneous contrast, and it shows that the way we perceive
colors is based on their surroundings.
Seeing spots
This picture is called a scintillating grid because when
you look at it, dark spots seem to flash (scintillate) in
the intersections between the squares. The reason for
this is yet to be explained, but if you tilt your head to
either side, it seems to lessen the effect.
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Your eyes turn visual images intoo an
electronic code that can be processed
and stored in your brain. It is thiss mental
processing that determines howw you
see the world. Without it, you could
not make sense of all the shapes s
and colors. Your brain also
responds to some visual effects
by translating them into other
types of information. This enablees
you to judge things like depth,
shape, and distance.
HOW YOU
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Binocular vision
Each eye sees a slightly different image of the world. Try closing
one eye and framing a distant object with your hands. Then open
that eye and close the other. You will find that your hands are
framing a different view. The images below show the different
views of the same setting seen by each eye The left eye can views of the same setting seen by each eye. The left eye can
see the palm trees behind the boat, while the right eye sees the
flowering trees. You might expect this to confuse your brain,
but it combines the images to create a 3-D view.
Parallax
If you close one eye and look at a scene
without moving your head, it looks flat
like a picture. But if you move your head
from side to side, you get an impression
of depth. This is because objects that are
closer to your eye seem to move more
than objects that are farther away, and
your brain translates the difference into
a perception of depth. This parallax effect
is obvious if you look out of the side
window of a moving car—nearby objects
like these pillars zip past, but distant
objects like the trees move hardly at all.
Perspective
Another way your brain judges distance is by decoding perspective.
A th
This is the effect you get when you look up at a tall building and
the walls seem to lean toward one another—even though you know
they are vertical. Your brain makes an automatic calculation based
on this knowledge and turns it into a perception of height.
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Aerial perspective
In landscapes with long views, your brain can use another clue
to assess distance. Called aerial perspective, it describes the
way the color of distant objects is affected by moisture or dust
in the air. It is obvious in hilly regions, as seen in this picture,
where the distant hills look paler and bluer than those closer
to the camera. When astronauts visited the Moon, which has
the absence of this effect made them think that distant
no air, the absence of this ef
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hills were much closer than
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the wrong set of rules. In this desert mirage, the blue
“water” is really part of the sky. It appears in the wrong
place because the view is distorted by a layer of very hot
air. Since you know that it can’t be the sky, you assume
it is a reflection of the sky in a pool of water.
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Some of the most effective ooptical illusions can be
produced with simple lines and shapes. Such illusions
play with our perceptions off angles, size, and shape,
causing us to make unconsccious assumptions about
what we see. Even when wee know how they work,
the illusions are difficult to shake off.
Big and small
Psychologist Edwardd Bradford Titchener discovered that
our judgment about t the size of something is affected by
the size of other thing gs around it. The red circles in the
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circles. Moviemakers use this simple effect to make
monsters appear muc ch bigger than they actually are.
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Can you hear something? From whispering voices
to a phone ringing, yours ears pick up all sorts of
sounds. Try the following activities and find out how
much information we process through our ears.
Noisy bottles
What was that?
You cannot hear any sounds in Yo You cannot hea ear any sounds ds in
space. This is because sound spacee. Th This is bec ecause sound
needs a medium to travel need eds ds a med edium to to tr tra ravvel el
through, such as air or water. thro rough, such as air or wwater er. r.
Test your hearing
ability by identifying
these challenging
sounds.
You will need:
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How good is your sense of hearing?
Throughout your life, your brain stores
information it encounters, enabling you to
identify the sounds you come across.
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high- and low-
pitched sounds
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this activity.
You will need:
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glass bottles
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each bottle with a Fill
fferent amount of water, dif dif
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uncooked rice, dried
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pasta. Let the participants
hear each shaken bottle
once. Then wrap them in
paper before placing
them in the bag. t
Step 2
Ask your volunteers ss
to close their eyes a and
pick the bottles out,
one by one. Can theey
identify what is
inside the bottles
by shaking them?
Step 2
If you tap the sides
of the same bottles,
you get the opposite
effect: the empty
bottle has the
highest pitch, while
the fullest bottle
has the lowest pitch.
There is less air when the bottle is half
full, so the air vibrates faster, with higher pitch.
When the bottle is empty, the vibration is slower
and the pitch lower. But when you tap the bottle,
it is the glass and water that are vibrating to
create the sound. The greater the amount
of water, the lower the pitch.
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Some people seem to have a genius for music
and can play it superbly when they are very
young. A few are even able to compose complex
orchestral music when they are only children—
something that most people would find impossible.
The most celebrated of these musical geniuses is
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, one of the greatest
composers who ever lived.
Wolfgang
Amadeus
Mozart
38
Fun and games
Despite his musical genius, Mozart did not have a
one-track mind. He enjoyed horse riding, dancing,
and billiards. When he started earning serious
money in Vienna, he bought a billiard table as well
as a new piano. He was well known for his sense
of humor, partly because he enjoyed practical
jokes. He also liked showy clothes and was once
decribed as appearing onstage “with his crimson
pelisse and gold-laced cocked hat.”
Child prodigy
Born in Austria in 1756, Mozart was the son of
a professional musician, so he was in the right
family to learn his art. He could read music
before he could read words, and began playing
and composing music at the age of five. His
sister was also a musician, and when Wolfgang
was six, their father took them around Europe
to show them off as child prodigies.
Wolfgang at the age of six, performing with his
sister, Nanneri, and their father, Leopold, during
their first trip to Paris, France, in 1762.
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as to
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pose original, exciting m
usic,
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of Austria made Mozart his of Austr tri ria made Moz ozart rt rt his
court composer. court rt rt composer er. r.
Perched on a thick pillow, the young
Mozart dem
onstrates his skill at the
organ to an aristocratic audience.
This portrait of Mozart at the age of around
26 shows his love for fine clothing.
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40
Simple tastes
Your taste buds can distinguish
between only five taste sensations:
salty, sour, sweet, bitter, and umani
(savory). This combination is too
limited to account for all the different li
tastes that you experience, and this is
because your sense of smell also plays an
important role in “tasting” your food. Infections
such as colds and the flu can make you
temporarily lose your sense of smell— l
and then you find that you cannot
taste much either.
Cerebral cortex
Analyzes and relates
smells and tastes
factory bulb
athers scent
and passes
to the brain
SALTY
SWEET
UMANI
BITT TER
SOURR
Your senses of taste and smell are closely connected,
and they both help you enjoy your food. But yourr sensee
of smell is vital in other ways. It alerts you to danger
and helps you recognize familiar places, things, and evven ven
people. Your brain reacts surprisingly strongly to smelll,
especially smells that you memorized long ago.
Olf
Ga
signals
them
Taste bud
Most of the receptor cells that detect taste are
concentrated on the tongue in clusters called
taste buds. There are around 10,000 of these,
each containing 50 to 100 banana-shaped
cells with tiny “taste hairs” at the top. When
you eat, saliva and dissolved food seep into
each taste bud through a tiny pore. The cells
react to chemicals in the food by sending
nerve impulses to the brain.
Taste pore
Nerve fiber
Taste
receptor cell
Taste hair
Nerve fibers
Gather data from
taste buds
Olfactory
receptors
Detect scent
mol molecu ecules les in in molecules in
the air
Nasal
chamber
Tongue
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41
Scent siignals
red to that of many animals, compa The humman sense of smell is poor
ur sense of taste, enabling you th than you but it is much more refined t
Scent molecules are carried in scents. to detect thousands of s
the in, they are detected by two ou breat the air, and when yo
ls located high up in your nasal ptor cell patches of recep
rom these cells pass through the fibers fr cavity. Nerve fi
ry bulb, where more nerve cells olfactor skull to the
d scent signals to the brain. he coded transfer th
tinctive reaction
Inst
actory bulb is part of the limbic system at
The olf
of the brain stem. The limbic system is an
the top
the brain that plays an important role in
area of
y and emotion. This explains why scents
memory
m
ger powerful emotions and awaken dormant
an trigg
ca
s. Scent information also passes to the cortex
emories
me
n to be analyzed consciously, but this takes
the brai
of t
than the instinctive reaction.
longer
a lot
Professional senses
Some people earn a living by their noses.
They include the makers of perfumes and,
not so obviously, wine tasters and tea
blenders. The blenders of fine teas, for
may “taste” the teas, but their example, m
can barely identify them. taste buds
heir refined sense of smell They use th y
which combinations have to decide w
avor. the best fla
Thalamus Receives taste
signaals from the medulla
ex and ssends them to the cort
We all have our WWe all havve our
own unique smell own unique smel ell
identity. This is identity. Th This is
determined by factors det eter erm rmined ed by fa fact cto tors rs
such as genes, diet, such as genes, diet, such as genes es ess, diet ett,
and skin type. and skin typee.
Medulla Receives taste
signaals and relays them
to the thalamus
Brainn stem
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Unlike the other senses, smell and taste
function by detecting chemical substances.
Our sense of smell enables us to distinguish
up to 10,000 different scents, and there are
people who have an extra-sensitive sense of
smell and taste. Try these activities and find out
more about your senses of smell and taste.
42
SENSES ENSES
SEN SENSITIVE
Step 1
Ask an adult to help you
make the Jell-O. When
they have set, place
them on a plate.
Step 2
Put a blindfold on the first
person, making sure he or
she does not see the Jell-O
beforehand. Then ask your
f i d d id if h friend to taste and identify the
flavors. Record the results.
In the weightless In th the we wei eig ightl tles es ess
environment of space, en envi viro ronmen ent of space, e,
food aromas don’t fo food aro romas as do don’t
often reach the nose, oft fte ftten ten re rea eachh th the nose, e,
so astronauts miss so as astr tro trronauts ts mis iss
out on a lot of out on a lot of
favors. food favors. fo food favo vors rs. rss.
Step 1
Ask the first volunteer too sample
the food, rinsing his or hher mouth
out with water in between tastes.
Record the responses.
When you can’t sme ell what
you are eating, it is harrder to
recognize food flavorss. So if
your nose is blocked beecause
you have a cold, for exaample,
food often tastes blaand.
Step 2
Repeat Step 1 with the
second volunteer, but t this
time ask your friend to hold
his or her nose closed. . Who
had a better sense of taaste?
A blocked nose A
Can a blocked
nose affect your
sense of taste?
Follow the steps
below and find out.
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with varying degrees
of taste and flavor
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Seeing is believing!
How good are you at
identifying what you
are eating?
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We are used to
seeing foods in
certain colors, and
this helps identify
their flavors.
Step 3
Ask the second person to
identify the flavors. This
volunteer should not be
blindfolded. Record his
or her answers, too.
Step 4
Compare the differences
between the two
experiments. Did the
blindfolded person make
any mistakes or take longer
in identifying the flavors?
Step 1
For each item, put two
samples of it in two
different bowls. Mix
the bowls around.
Our sense of smell is
much more sensitive than
our sense of taste—around
10,000 times more
sensitive. It alerts us
to danger by detecting
poisonous odors and we
can even identify whether
food is ripe or rotten by p y
smell alone.
Step 1
Pat the tongue of one of
your volunteers dry with
the paper towel so that
no part of the tongue’s
top side has saliva on it.
The second person can
taste the food as normal.
Chemicals from food
can reach your taste buds
only if they have been
dissolved in saliva.
Step 2
Ask the two subjects to
taste the dry food and then
record their responses as
t h h fl th to how much flavor they
can taste.
A child has around A child has aro round
10,000 taste buds, while 10,000 taste buds ds, s, wh while
an adult may have an adult may have ve
only 5,000. only 5,000.
Smell S
Try this test and find
out how good your
sense of smell is.
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three items with strong
smells such as a banana,
coffee grounds, flowers,
or soap
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it comes to
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and ask him or her to
identify which two items
smell the same. How
good was your friend’s
sense of smell?
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Your skin is the largest organ in your body. It haas
many functions, including acting as a protectivee
barrier against infection, but it also provides yoou
with vital information about your environment.
It does this by using millions of sensory receptoor
cells that detect different types of stimuli—frommm
the most delicate tap to the sharp shock of painn.
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Thalamus
Sensitivee skin
Human skin has at leastt six types of
sensory receptors. Some arre branched
nnerve endings, while others are nerve fibers n
p that end in tiny disks or cappsules that psules that
detect different types of ppressure,
vibration, stretching, tempperature
change, and physical damagge. Some
nerve endings are wrapped aroound the
roots of hairs and sense their response
to touch and air moovement.
There are around Th Ther ere re are re aro round
18 million skin sensors 18 million skin sensors rs
altogether, constantly alto tog oget ether er, r, constanttly
sending information sending info form rmation
to the brain. to to the bra rain.
Fingertip control
Some parts of your skin are much
more sensitive than others. If
something touches your leg,
you can certainly feel it, but the
sensation is not very precise.
By contrast, your fingertips are
highly sensitive, giving you the
sense of touch that allows you
to feel textures and, in the case
of blind people, to read Braille.
al network Sign
y signals from the skin are sent through Sensory
nching nerves of the peripheral nervous the bran
to the spinal cord and then to the system
s. The thalamus passes them on to the thalamu
sensory cortex, which is located in the somatic s
e thalamus acts as a relay station, as it brain. Th
r all sensory information except smell. does for
Free nerve endings
Sense touch, pressure,
pain, and temmperature
i Hair root sensors
DDetect hair movement
Merkell’s disk
Responds tto light
touch and preessure
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Sensory map
This odd-looking figure
shows how your brain
reacts to touch on various
parts of your body. It looks
strange because the size of each
body part is related to the num mber
of touch sensors that it has rat ther
than its physical size. Your han nds are
shown much bigger than your feet
because they are much more s sensitive.
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ouch and reacts to to
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t your skin Nerve endings throughout
chemicals register pain by reacting to c
mines that called prostaglandins and histam
ells. There are released fromdamaged ce are released from damaged ce
ses. One is are two types of pain respons
u jerk your short and sharp to make you
e in a reflex hand away from a candle flam
d starts after action. The other is slower and
istent pain and the reflex, giving more pers
ble long-term harm. warning us of possib
Habituation
Although your brain
reacts strongly to new
sensory information from your skin,
it adapts to some constant or repetitive
messages to make them less distracting.
This effect happens with all the senses
but is most easily tested using touch.
If you put a pencil in the palm of your
hand, for example, you get an instant
sensation, but within seconds this wears
off to leave just a low-key awareness.
This is because some skin sensors soon
stop sending signals, but others don’t.
uscle Meissner’s corpu
A touch receptor
e found in sensitive
areas of skin
puscle Pacinian corp
Sensitive to
pressure and
vibrations
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of skin
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blood vessels,
glands, and
nerve endings
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Artist at work!
Can you judge the
size, texture, and
shape of an object by
touch alone? Try this
activity and find out.
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us to find out a lot about
an object just by touch
alone—whether an
object is soft or hard, its
shape, and how big it is.
By covering your hands, itt is
er to tell what you are touching. harde
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being sent to your brain.
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Follow the steps of
this experiment and
see how your thermal
receptors detect
changes in
temperature.
You will need:
ǩ Three ploslic cups
ǩ íce-cold woler, worm
woler, ond hol woler ol
104–122 °F (40–50 °C).
Ask an adult to check
the temperature with
a thermometer.
ǩ Slopwolch
Sensitive touch e touch
This oclivily d demonslroles
how some parts of your
body ore more sensilive
than others.
You will need:
ǩ l poper clip
Hot or cold?
Your forearmm is not as
sensitive as your fingers, so it
feels as if the points of the
paper clip are together—or
you might feel onlyy one point.
The finger that has been
placed in cold water perceives
the water as warm, while the
finger placed in hot water
perceives it as cool. This is
because the receptors are not
d t ti th t t t detecting the water temperature.
Instead, they are comparing it to
the previous temperatures.
Step 1
with t the Fill each of the cups w
wolerr. cold, worm, ond hol w
our leeft Place a finger from yo
r and d a hand in the cold wate
t hand in finger from your right
he Ȍnngers lhe hol woler. Leove l
er for r immersed in the wate
around a minute.
Step 2 Step 2
Remove bolh Ȍngers ond dip
them in the cup of warm water.
Does your body detect any
changes in temperature?
Your enlire body is covered wilh louch receplors,
sensing differenl lypes of sensolionsǟpressure,
poin, ond lemperolure. You con explore your
sense of louch wilh lhe following oclivilies.
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the tips are around bend it so that
part. 0.5 in (1 cm) ap
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d you feel both the points forearm. Coul
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We associate m
agic tricks with perform
ance
artists, but confidence tricksters and pickpockets
use sim
ilar techniques. If you can’t see how a
trick is done when you are watching a m
agician,
you certainly won’t recognize it when som
eone
distracts your attention in the street and his or
her partner steals your m
oney. So watch out!
Real or fake?
Anything “magical” is something that
seems to break the laws of nature,
such as making things disappear
or reading someone’s mind. Some
people really believe in magic, just
as they may believe in ghosts. Some
religious cults such as voodoo are
based on magic. But most of
us recognize that magic is
some sort of trickery, even
if we can’t see how it’s
done—and that is
part of the fun.
Illusion
A magician tosses a ball in the air twice
while following it with his eyes. But he fakes
a third toss, moving his eyes as if watching
the ball, and to you, the ball appears to vanish.
This illusion works because there is a slight
delay in visual data reaching your brain.
The brain compensates by inventing some
data to fill the gap—sometimes it’s incorrect.
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We rely on our senses to tell us about our surroundings.
However, our senses can be fooled, and we can easily
miss a trick if our brains are concentrating on something
else. Magicians distract their audiences to take attention
away from what is really going on. Try these tricks to find
out if you, too, can fool the senses.
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Step 4 SS
Ask your friend to turn over the A
remaining card and then open r
he envelope to reveal how your tt
amazing prediction came true. a
Step 1
Secretly place the Queen of
Diamonds so that it is the third
card from the top in the deck
of cards. Write down the name
of the card on a piece of paper
and put it in an envelope.
Step 3
Ask your friend to point to two
cards. If the first two cards are
chosen, remove them and go to
Step 4. If the first and third cards
are chosen, remove the middle one.
If the second and third cards are
chosen, remove the first one. Then
ask your friend to choose another
card—whichever one is chosen,
make sure you remove the one make sure you remove the one
that isn’t the Queen of Diamonds.
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your friend to deal out the top
six cards into two rows of three.
Watch to see where the Queen of
Diamonds lands. Ask your friend
to point to a row and confidently
take away the row that doesn’t
have the Queen of Diamonds.
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manner, your friend will be
convinced that you are doing what
he or she has asked you to do.
In fact, you are doing exactly what
you need to do in order for the
Queen of Diamonds to be picked.
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Step 3
Ask your friend to say which hand
the coin is under. Lift your hands
to reveal the answer!
Step 2
Quickly turn over both hands,
flicking the coin from under the
left hand to under the right hand.
Step 1
Place the coin on the table
and the cup over the coin.
Tell your friend you will
make the coin disappear.
Step 1
In front of your friend, place the coin
in the palm of your left hand, near p y ,
the thumb.
Step 2
Wrap the paper tightly
around the cup so that you
can see the shape of the cup
underneath the paper.
Step 3
Lift up the cup and the paper
to show that the coin is still
there. While you and your
friend are still looking at the
coin, move the paper and cup
over the edge of the table
and drop the cup out of the
paper into your lap.
Step 4
Place the paper (which is still in the
shape of the cup) back over the coin.
Then smash your hand down on the
paper to show that the cup has
vanished. Say, “Oops, I’ve made the
wrong thing disappear!” Only you
know that you made the right object
vanish after all.
Can you make
something vanish?
You’ll need to try
this a few times
before the trick
works perfectly.
You will need:
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Where’s the cup?
You need quick
actions and plenty
of practice to make
this trick work.
You will need:
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The magic coin
Because you have
directed all the attention
to the coin, not the cup,
your friend’s brain isn’t
focusing on what is
really happening.
Because the coin was not seen to
move, your friend is tricked into thinking
that it is still under your left hand.
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We normally think that we have five senses: sight,
hearing, taste, smell, and touch. But we also feel
things that do not seem related to a particular
sense. They are like an awareness of your body.
Most of these sensations affect your unconscious
mind, but that doesn’t make them unimportant.
Without your sense of balance, for example, you
could not stand upright.
Balance
Your inner ear contains three bony tubes that
form loops called semicircular canals. Each
tube ends in a bulge, or ampulla, containing
sensors that detect the movement of fluid
in the loop—which depends on your body’s
movement. Similar receptors called maculae
detect how upright you are. Your brain uses
these signals to correct your balance.
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ade
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orse if your eyes and ears
give your brain conflicting
inform
ation. W
atching the horizon
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ake sense of
the m
ovem
ent, and m
ay help.
Ampulla
Contains sensors
that detect body
movement
Vestibular nerve
Delivers balance
sensor data to
your brain
Macula
Has sensors that
detect whether you
are upright
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usually aware of our internal organs, We are not
l get sensations from our stomachs. b ll but we all
e vague feelings that mark the Some are
e of food, but hunger pangs are more passage
Digestive problems can cause pain, useful.
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ed or diseased. A disorder releases damage
als that are detected by nerve endings chemica
yed to the brain as pain. and rela
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moves when your
body moves
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Telepathy
Apparent telepathy is probably caused by a
combination of sensory awareness and shared
experience. Twins often seem telepathic because
they share the same history and thought patterns. a
We often believe
things without having
any idea why. You might
get a feeling that you
are being followed, or
arrive at an inspired
solution to a problem.
We call this intuition,
telepathy, or sometimes
a “sixth sense.” These
intuitive perceptions
are probably the result
of rapid unconscious
mental processes—
using either information
gathered by your senses
or data stored deep in
your memory.
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Female and male
Women are usually thought
to be more intuitive than
men. But psychological tests
show that this is not true,
and men score just as well.
It is simply that women like
t i t iti to appear more intuitive,
especially among friends.
What’s up? There’s
something wrong! The
house doesn’t feel
right at all!
56
Sixth sense
Have you ever felt that something was wrong without
understanding how you knew it? This “sixth sense” effect
can be quite creepy, but it is probably created by your brain
picking up some clue from your other senses and alerting
your alarm response without giving you the full picture.
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Benzene molecule
sstructure
Inspired thinking
An expert chess player may seem
to make the right move using
intuition rather than logic. But this
“inspired thinking” is more likely
to be the result of intense study
and experience, which enables
the player to recognize particular
arrangements of the chess pieces
on the board. This automatically
triggers a memory of the next
move, which usually turns out
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rk Dream wor
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tion to a even dream the solut
r of 1861, problem. In the winter
Kekulé was German chemist August G
ructure of a trying to figure out the st t
le dozing in benzene molecule. Whil
d f k ed of a snake t f th fi h d ont of the fire, he dreame fro
to Kekulé, biting its tail. According
e that the this gave him the clue
of carbon molecule was a ring o
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What? A balloon?
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Wait a minute! It
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cake. Why would
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Surprise!
Woof!
Out of the blue
Sometimes someone grappling
with a problem finds that the solution
seems to come “out of the blue”
after working on something else
for a while. This is probably because
irrelevant details get forgotten, so the
main elements of the problem come
into sharper focus. The person may
also come across new information
that makes everything slot into place.
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Vivid memories
When you are feeling very emotional, chemical
changes in your brain boost nerve activity.
They strengthen the memory-forming process,
creating vivid long-term memories. This is
why you often have unusually
clear recall of events that
you experienced in a
state of high emotion.
Making memories
Memories are formed by electrical
signals making connections between i l ki ti b t
nerve cells so that they form a
network. The more often the network
is activated, the stronger it gets,
creating a long-term memory.
Me Memo mory ry s sto tore ress
Your meemory is divided into
three seections—sensory,
short terrm, and long term.
Only thee most important
informat tion makes it into
the finall section. All the
rest is thh t hrown out.
Input All the data
from your senses
enters your sensory
memory store.
Sensorry memory
This part oof memory
holds a lot of innformation
for a few seconds
at most.
Ignored
Any information
in the sensory in the sensory
memory that you
ignore is thrown
out right away.
Attention If you
pay attention to any
it items f of i f inform ti ation,
they pass into your
short-term memory.
Electrical signal E
Stimulus
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bond b
Links form
The more the linked cells
are stimulated, the stronger
the bond becomes.
Memory web
The signals continue to fire until
a web of nerve cells is formed.
This represents a single memory.
Making connect tions
When a nerve cell ll
receives a stong enough
stimulus, it fires an
electrical signal onto a
neighboring nerve cell.
Your brrain processes your experiences
and all the information gathered by your
senses. Most of this data is discarded, but
the impportant perceptions, facts, and skills
are stored in your memory. This enables
you to tthink, learn, and be creative.
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Long-term m L memory
Any informat A tion that
ers your lo ent ng-term
memory is c m carefully
ed away so file that you
can easily recall it.
Recognition and reecall
It is much easier to recognize a memoryy you are
looking for than to recall it. Look at the picture
of the girl below for five seconds and thhen cover
her up. Now look for her in the photoo on the
right. Even thoughh you’ve g g
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describe her. But if you had to d h
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Involuntary recall
Have you ever found yourself smelling Have you ever found yourself smelling
something and suddenly remembering
a certain time or place very strongly?
This sensation is called involuntary recall,
because your brain has retrieved the memory
by itself, without any prompting from your
conscious mind. Sounds and sights can nd sights can
also cause this, but smells are
especially powerful, perhapps
because the part of your br rain
that processes scent is clossely sely
linked to your memory.
Where do we mber? remem
Th d hi e the main areas mpus are The cortex and hippocam
mory, but different for mem of the brain responsible
types of memories. different parts of the brain store
Prefrontal cortex
Short-term
memories
Amygdala
Unconscious and
emotional memories
Hippoccampus
Spatiall memories
Putammen
Learned skills
and pr rocedures
Cortex Memories
of personal and
life events
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Learned facts
and details
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losst if you don’t think
abbout it enough to pass
it on to long-term memory.
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Trip method
One way to memorize a list is to visualize a trip
that you often take. Link each landmark on the trip
with an item on your list—the stranger the result,
the easier it is to remember! Then go through the
trip in your head to remember the items.
1.Tree
The leaves of the tree
are pages from a book.
Find a good book to
read on vacation.
This is a vacation to-do list, and here
is how to picture each of the items
with a landmark on a walk to school:
1.Find a book to read
2.Pack your sunglasses
3.Mail a letter
4.Buy some toothpaste
5.Hang your laundry
6.Remember your sun hat
7.Buy dog food g food
8.Get a haircut
2.Sunfloower
A flower iss wearing
your sungllasses.
Remembeer to pack
them in yo t our bag.
3.Sign 3 Sign 3 Si
urned into The sign has t
eminding an envelope re
letter. you to mail a l
4.Bridge
There’s a tube of
toothpaste floating
under the bridge.
You need to buy
toothpaste.
6.Scarecrow
The scarecrow has your sun hat
on its head. Remember to take
your hat on vacation with you.
7.Wall
Imagine your dog running along the
wall. Remember to buy dog food.
8.Bush
The bush is getting
a haircut, and you need
to get one, too!
5.Flags
The flying flags
have become socks.
You need to hang
your laundry.
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These games test your capacity for storing numbers, words,
and visual information in your memory. They also show the
two different ways we remember—recall and recognition.
Recall is finding information in your memory when you
need it. Recognition is knowing something when you see it.
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REMEMBER?
DO YOU
You’ve done well if you
have remembered more than
half the objects. More than
12 is an excellent result.
Step 1
Starting at the top, read out loud each line of
numbers, one at a time. Cover up the line and then
try to repeat the numbers. Work your way down
the list until you can’t remember them all.
Most people can hold only seven
numbers at a time in their short-term
memory, so good job if you could
remember more.
Visual memory
How good is your memory
for visual images? Study
these 16 pictures for
45 seconds. Then close
the book and write down
as many as you can.
How well did you do?
Memory span
Your short-term memory can
store a certain amount of
information for a limited time.
This game reveals your brain’s
ability to remember numbers
and words. You may be
surprised at your own abilities.
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Step 2
Now read out these words, one line at a time.
Cover up the line and try to repeat the words.
Continue down the list until your memory fails.
Most people are better at remembering
words than numbers. If you can repeat a string
of eight words you have done very well.
Step 1
Look at the picture right
and closely study it for
two minutes. You may find
it helpful to draw it. Then
cover up the picture and try
to draw it from memory.
When you think you’ve
finished, compare your
drawing to the picture and
give yourself a point for
every line you got right.
You probably did better in the second
test than the first because associating the
lines with familiar shapes makes them
easier to remember.
Recognition vs. recall
This game clearly shows you the
difference between recognizing
and recalling information.
COUNTRIES
Israel
France
India
Russia
Czech Republic
Germany
Afghanistan
Canada
Denmark
Argentina
CAPITALS CAPITALS
New Delhi
Ottowa
Berlin
Prague
Copenhagen
Jerusalem
Buenos Aires
Kabul
Paris
Moscow
Spain
Ireland
China
Sweden
Iraq
Netherlands s
Japan
Italy
Egypt
Greece
Most people get a better score for recognition than f iti th
recall. This is because having a list of possible answers
gives your brain a shortcut to finding the information
stored in your memory.
Step 1
First test your recognition
skills. Below are ten
countries and ten capital
cities. In 30 seconds, see how
many you can match up and
then turn to page 186 to
check your answers.
Step 2
Here are another ten countries, but this time you need to
try to recall their capital cities in 30 seconds. Check your
answers again and then compare your two scores.
An artistic eye
Do you have a good memory
for remembering visual detail?
Try this test and see.
Step 2
Now do the same with this
picture, left, but this time
look for familiar shapes
or patterns. For example,
does it look like a kite?
Again, after two minutes
cover up the picture and
try to draw it. Figure out
your score again and
compare it with the
previous one.
Bed, lamp, rug
Fork, plate, glass, table
Spider, tree, bird, flower, dog
Pencil, scissors, chair, book, fish, clock
Pond, moon, star, grass, worm, bike, stone
Drum, bell, ball, racket, rope, box, net, pole
Eye, leg, arm, foot, head, ear, toe, hair, nose
Bread, milk, cookie, plate, bowl, plum, spoon,
apple, banana, orange
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Spot the difference
How is your eye for detail? Look
at these two pictures and see
if you can spot ten differences
between them. Turn to page
186 to see if you got them all.
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Do you have a good memory for detail? These games will put
your short-term memory to work, first testing how well you
remember the detail of a story and then how sharp your
eye and brain are at spotting visual differences. Remember,
none of the information will go into your memory unless you
really focus your attention
on the exercise.
ATTENTION
PAYING
At last the backyard looked
perfect. Jenny admired the orange
lanterns hanging from the trees as they
glowed in the fading light and the pretty
tables dotted around the yard, decorated
with candles and pink roses. There was
a table laden with champagne, a white
chocolate cake, a whole salmon, and
a tall pyramid of strawberries.
Jenny began to feel excited. Her parents
had no idea about the party. They thought
they were just going to the movies.
Suddenly, she heard a familiar noise
that filled her with alarm—a dog panting.
Chester! She had locked him in the
kitchen. How had he gotten out? A big, big,
muddy, wet, and very smelly dog raced
up and proudly dropped a dead fishh at her
feet. Jenny knew where that had coome ome
from—the Johnsons’ pond next dooor. She
groaned and tried to grab Chester’ss collar,
but he leaped away. Between two ta ables he ables he
shook his fur, splattering them bothh with
mud and grass. Then he spotted—oor
probably smelled—the food table and
raced up to it. Paws on the table, hee took
a bite of the salmon as a hundred
strawberries tumbled to the groundd.
Important details
How well do you focus on
details when you read?
To find out, read this story
through carefully, but only
once, then see if you can
answer the questions below.
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Questions
1
What time of day is it?
2

How were the tables
decorated?
3
What flavor was
the cake?
4
Who was the party
for?
5

Where did Jenny think
Chester was?
6

What is the last name
of Jenny’s neighbors?
Look back at the story to check
your answers. If you got five right you’ve done well. A good way to help remember detail is to picture what’s happening in the story in
your head.
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When you think of genius, you think of Einstein. This
is partly because his ideas are beyond most people’s
understanding—the bending of light and the distortion
of space, for example. He is most famous for his theories
of relativity, which explain how the universe works, and for
the equation E=mc
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his genius. into cclear mathemmatics was paart of h
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invenntions were worthwwhile. Meanwhile
he waas thinking hard abbout physics and
the nature of the universe in his spare i hi spare
time, as a hobby rather than a job.
The fact that he was not working at
a university, where he would have had
to focus on the ideas of the professors,
meant that he was free to come up
with his own theories.
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slow down, space is curved,
gravity is a distortion of space
and tim
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except the speed of light.
These ideas form
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of his theories of relativity.
This portrait shows E
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Einstein was born in Germany in 1879,
the son of an engineer.
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and realized that space was full of unseen forces. and realized that space was full of unseen force and re rea ealiz ized ed th that space wa was fu full of unsee een en fo forc rces es es.
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Learning is vital to survival. We often think it is all about
skills like reading and writing, but it also involves developing
life skills such as safely crossing the street, dealing with
other people, and managing money. ey.
We learn these things through a
combination of conscious effort
and unconscious reactions, and
everything we learn becomes
part of our long-term memory.
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LEARN
HOW WE
Learning curve
When we are young, we all have to learn a huge
amount about the world in a short time. We learn
basic skills like walking, eating, and avoiding harm.
We discover that everything we do makes other
things happen, and we learn how to predict this—
and maybe avoid it. We learn much more in our first
few years than we do in all of the rest of our lives.
Association
You learn by making connections between
different experiences and skills, creating a
web of associated ideas in your brain. When
one part of the web is activated, it fires up
the rest. If you decide to buy a magazine, for
example, this idea triggers an association with
the store, the bicycle you will use to get there,
the route, the money you will need, and so on.
Association also allows you to link the abstract
ideas you learn in your classes at school.
Find wallet
How much will it cost? How much will it cost? Take money Take money
Conditioning
If an experience always follows a particularr
event, or does so only once but is very
upsetting, this can create such a
strong link in the brain that you react
automatically to the event if it happens
again. So, for example, if you have
been stung by a wasp, you get nervous
when you see another one—or any insect
with yellow and black stripes. This basic
form of learning is called conditioning.
Memory circuits
The basic “wiring” of the brain is formed at
birth, but whenever you learn something,
the wiring changes. A group of nerve
cells links together to form a network
that lets you repeat the action
whenever you want. But if you
never use it again, the network
may eventually stop working.
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in the practice Put
If you keep repeating something to yourself, p
you will remember it. This is because
the repetition links brain cells into a memory
circuit. You can learn a skill like playing the piano
in the same way, creating circuits in your brain that
enable you to play each tune. Repetitive practice
can be dull, but its benefits last a long time.
Musicians can stop playing for a year or more, yet
quickly pick up the skills if they start playing again.
Which store?
Go to sto st st stt st s re
Buy a magazine
Travel by bike
Which route? Take lock
Remember helmet
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such as putting a doll to
bed, but we learn a lot in this
way. Eventually we graduate
from
pretend play to actually
helping perform
tasks such
as gardening and cooking.
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The brain’s ability to learn
helps us solve all sorts of
problems, including how to
find our way out of a maze.
Giant hedge mazes are
popular attractions—it
seems that people like the
feeling of getting lost for a
while, as long as they can
eventually find their way
to freedom, of course! See
if you can make your way
through this collection
of miniature mazes.
If you get lost, find the
solutions on page 186.
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MAZES
MASTERING
The one-hand rule
To get through a maze where all the walls are
connected to the outer boundary, you can use the
“one-hand rule.” To do this, always keep a hand on
one wall as you go—it doesn’t matter which hand, but
don’t swap along the way. Try this method to make your
way to the center of this maze—and back out again.
Right or left?
You can find your way through
this more complicated maze
using the one-hand rule, too.
Once through, try again using
your other hand—which
route is quicker?
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Trial and error
Mazes like this one, where some of the
walls are not connected to the others,
cannot be solved using the one-hand
rule. Instead you’ll have to find your way
through by learning from your y
mistakes. Find your way to tthe
center of the maze and theen
out the other side e.
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(4 km) of paths. (4 km) of paths.
Over and under
This 3-D cube maze couldn’t
exist in real life—people would
keep falling off it! The way the
paths pass under and over
one another can make it
difficult to keep track of
where you’re going—so you’ll
have to pay attention. Using
the one-hand rule will take you
back out the way you came in,
so to find the exit you’ll have
to use trial and error.
Amazing mazes
The bigger and more complicated
a maze is, the more difficult it is
to remember all the wrong turns.
The challenge of this maze is to
figure out the route to the dot.
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BRAIN GAMES
A face in the crowd
The more we learn, the better our
brains become at spotting even
the smallest differences between
things. See if you can find these
two musicians among the group
of rock stars below.
All alone
Without writing anything down or marking the
puzzle in any way, see if you can find the one
creature in the picture that doesn’t appear
twice. To do this you will have to learn and
remember which items form parts of a pair.
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Thinking ahead
This batch of colorful cupcakes is
arranged in a specific pattern. Can you
figure out what it is? If the sequence
was to continue, what would be the
color of the 49th and 100th cupcakes?
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between different things are important parts of
the learning process. We use past experiences
and solutions to previous problems, stored in our
brains, to help us make sense of new ones. All of
these perplexing puzzles require you to spot new w
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These flowers (left) may look
randomly arranged, but in fact
they have been laid out in a
particular sequence. See if you
can figure out the pattern. Which
three colored flowers should
finish off the sequence?
Perfect pairs
At first glance, these patterns look very similar. Give
your brain time to study them, however, and you will
begin to tell them apart. In fact, each pattern has
an exact double, except for one. See if you can
find the unique pattern among the seven pairs.
Missing pieces Mi i i
Putting a jigsaw puzzle together is a
good example of pattern recognition.
Your brain has to work out how each
small piece fits together to make
the big picture. To do this you need
to study both the contents of the
pieces and their shapes. Four pieces
from this puzzle are mixed up with
pieces from a different puzzle.
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An African American born in the South before the
abolition of slavery, George Washington Carver fought
racism to become a respected scientist, educator, and
inventor. His main interest was agriculture, especially
promoting crops that poor farmers could grow for food
and other purposes. In the process he improved the
lives of people often too poor to help themselves. His
achievements helped undermine racial prejudice and
blazed a trail for other African Americans to follow.
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College teacher
In 1896, Carver was invited to lead the agriculture
department at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama—
a college founded for the education of ex-slaves.
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students farming techniques and ways of becoming
self-sufficient. The head of the institute called
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men with whom I am acquainted.”
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after abolition. Eventually, George got a place
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where he was the first black student.
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that are wrong. If making teeth shiny really did make them healthy,
the argument in this advertisement would be fine. But simply
brushing your teeth does not prevent tooth decay, so the facts
are wrong. It’s important to check the facts as well as the logic.
Logic and philosophy
The intellectual discipline of philosophy, first practiced by the
ancient Greeks, is mostly about logic, because it uses reasoned
argument to investigate concepts such as truth, beauty, and
justice. To many people, these exercises are intellectual games,
as we believe we know the answers through common sense.
But common sense can be misleading if it is based on false
ideas. The rigorous, logical argument encouraged by the
study of philosophy has real practical value.
Computer logic
Logic is vital to computing. All
computers are controlled by long
strings of electronic instructions
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devised by programmers who
have to convert their ideas into
a code that a compputer can read. p
If the coded innstructions are not
logical, the program will not work.
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Free association
When you think logically,
you retrieve information
from your memory and
use it to solve problems.
But sometimes your
mind wanders and
makes associations
without conscious
direction. This tends
to happen when you
are very relaxed.
Ich Ichthy thyoph ophobi obia a is is the the fe fear a
of f fish fish, w , whic hich is o s one ne of of the he
rar a er e pho phobia bias. s
Instinct
We all have natural instincts
that make sure we get things
like food, water, and air.
Instincts also include
some emotions such
as the fear of fierce dogs.
These instincts are the type
of thinking that is shared
by animals, but they are
not governed by logic. This
does not mean that instincts
do not make sense—they are
essential to our survival.
Ph Phob obia iass
Ma Many ny p peo eopl ple e ar are e te terr rrifi ified ed oof
sp spidder ers. s T Thi his s ty type pe oof f fe fear ar is s
ca call lled ed aa ppho hobi b a. a. TThe here re aare re mman any y
di diff ffer eren ent ty type pes s of of ppho hobi bias as. So Some me
ar are e un unde ders rsta tand ndab able le, , li l ke ke tthe he
fe fear a o of f he h ig ight hts— s—af afte ter r al all, ffal alliing ng
fr f om om aa hhei eigh ght t ca can n ki kill ll yyou ou. Bu But t
ot othe hers s, suuch ch as s thhe e fe fear ar o of fis fish, h,
ar are e illlo loggicaal, l, iirr rrat atio ona nal, , aand nd
di diffi fficu cult t tto o ex expl plai ain. n.
Orn rnith thoph ophobi ob a a is is
the the fe fear ar of of bir birds, ds an and d
som someti etimes mes ev even en
jus just t t the he fea feathe hers. rs
Faith
All religions are based on
faith, which involves believing in
something that cannot be proved.
There is no logical reason to
believe in a god, but a lot of
people do—even if they do not
practice any religious rituals—
including many scientists who
normally rely on logical thinking.
Ara Arachn chnoph ophobi ob aa is is th the f e fear ear
of o spi spider ders a s and d is s one one of o th the e
mos most c t comm ommon n pho phobia bias. s
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Dem Demoph ophobi obia is is th the e
fea fear o of b f bein eing t g trap rapped ed
in in a c a crow owd o d of p peop eople. le
Superstition
Many people are superstitious. They avoid walking under
ladders, worry about what may happen on Friday the 13th,
or believe in ghosts. Most of us try to avoid saying things like
“I’ve never been in a car accident” because we feel that we
are increasing the risk just by saying it, or “tempting fate.”
There is no logic in this way of thinking.
Tec Techno hnopho phobia bia is s
the he fe fear ar of o tec techno hnolog logy
suc such a h s c s cell el ph phone nes
and an co compu mp ter ters. s
Luck
Many people believe in good
and bad luck. Some buy lottery
tickets because they think they
might get lucky and win a big
prize. Others will avoid flying
in case they suffer “bad luck”
and the plane crashes. In
reality, the chances of both
are very small, but people
ignore the facts and act in line
with their illogical thoughts. .
Avi Aviato atopho hobia bia
is s the the fe fear ar of of flyi flying ng
and nd is is a a ver very y
com common mon ph phobi obia.
Mus Musoph ophobia a is the the
wor word u d used se to to de descr scribe
the h fe fear r of f mic mice. e
We all like to imagine that
we think logically, but this is
often far from the truth. Ideas
jump into our heads for no
obvious reason, and many
people suffer from phobias
or even serious delusions.
A lot of us are superstitious,
and all religions are based on
faith rather than actual logic.
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Clear, logical thinking is the key to solving
these baffling brainteasers. They have been
designed to confuse, confound, and mislead,
so you’ll have to concentrate hard and use
sound reasoning to arrive at your answers.
T 187 if i h Turn to page 187 to see if you are right.
It might help if you make paper
cutouts of the characters to help
you visualize the solution.
Carnival money Carnival mmoney
Three boys arrive at a carnival on Sunday
morning. The man in the ticket booth tells them
that the entrance fee is $10 each—so the boys pay
$30 and enter the carnival. However, the man in
the ticket booth realizes that tickets cost less on
Sundays, so the boys should have paid only $25.
The man asks his assistant to go find the boys and
give them $5 back. The assistant can’t figure out
how to split $5 between three people, so he keeps
$2 for himself and gives the boys $1 each. This
means that the boys have now paid $9 each for
their tickets—a total of $27—and the assistant
has kept $2, making $29 . . . What happened to
the other $1?
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The frustrat aaa ed farmer
A farmer is trying to use a small boat to row
a fox, a chicken, and a bag of corn across a river. a fox, a chicken, and a bag of corn across a river.
However, he can take only one thing at a time
in the boat. If he leaves the fox with the chicken,
the fox will eat the chicken. If he leaves the
chicken with the corn, the chicken will eat
the corn. How can the farmer get across the
river without anything eating anything else?
Find the treat
Janet wants a cookie,
but first she needs to
find the cookie jar in the
cupboard. None of thee jars
has labels, only numbbers.
She gets only one gueess.
If she’s wrong, she’ll eend up
with something muchh less
tasty than a cookie. Too help
her choose, she is given the
following clues:
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22 1
555 44
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The right door
A prisoner is given a chance to win his
freedom: In his cell are two doors—behind one
is a hungry lion and behind the other is the exit
to the prison. In front of each door stands a
guard—one guard always speaks the truth, the
other only lies. The prisoner is allowed to ask
one of the guards only one question. So what
question should he ask too gain his freedom?
Who passed the package?
Rob has just won a game of pass the package.
It started with nine children sitting in a circle. A
package was given to the first player, who then
passed it to the left to player number two and they
continued in this way until the package reached
the seventh player. This person then unwrapped a
layer of paper and was eliminated from the game.
The person to their left then became player
number one and the game continued until there
was only one person left to claim the prize. If
Rob won the game, who started it?
enlils ore nol on lhe ǩ The le
row and not in the middle. bottom
eons ore nol on lhe lop ǩ The b
d are not next to the rice, row and
s directly under the flour. which is
epper is nol on lhe ǩ The p
and side and has a right-ha
r that is two more than number
r and four more than the flou
tils. the lent
ar should she choose? Which j W
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Two at a time
A group of four men—made uup of two brotheers
plus their father and grandffather—is walkiing
to a train station in the darrk and come to aan old
narrow bridge that leadss to the station. TThe
bridge can support onlyy two people at aa time, and
they have only one flasshlight betweenn them, so
after one pair has cro rossed, one of thhe men needs
to bring the flashligght back for the e next pair. The
four men take difffeerent times to ccross the bridge.
ǩ Brolher 1 loke kes one minule.
ǩ Brolher 2 lookkes lwo minuleess.
ǩ The folherr l lokes Ȍve minul ules.
ǩ The gronddfolherr lokees len minules.
Each paiir can walk a across the bridge oonly as fast
as the sslowest maann, and the next train arrives at
lhe sllolion in 17 mminules. How con oll llhe men
cros ss the bridge too the station on time??
Susan
Peter
Mary
Gary
Kevin
Rob
Annie Annie
Joe
tacey S
3
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Many number puzzles rely on logical
thinking rather than math skills.
Sudoku and Kakuro, for example, are
puzzles you solve by filling in blank
squares with the right numbers
according to certain logical rules.
Sudoku
The classic Sudoku puzzle consists
of a 9 x 9 grid of squares divided into
nine boxes of nine squares. Every
vertical column, horizontal row, and box
must contain the numbers 1 through 9.
Some squares already contain numbers,
and your job is to figure out which
numbers go in the empty squares.
Start with this puzzle and pick up
some tips and tricks before moving
on to try a few more on your own.
Starter Sudoku
Slightly harder
Another trick is to look for
sets of three numbers, known
as “triplets.” Look at the middle
column of three boxes, shaded
gray. The top two already
contain 1. This means that
1 must go in the right-hand
column of the bottom box.
Check the rows and you’ll
realize there’s only one place
the other 1 can go.
A good place to look first is
the row or column with the most
numbers. Here, the middle row
is missing only 2 and 8. If you
check the rest of the numbers in
the vertical columns that the
middle row’s blank squares sit
in, you should be able to figure
out which numbers go where.
Middle row
Never guess which number goes in a Neve ver er er gues es ess wh which number er er goes es es in a
square. If there are a number of square ree. If ther ere erre are re a number er er of
possibilities, write them small in pencil possibilities es, ess, wr wri write tthem em small in pen encil
in the corner of the squares and erase in the co corn rner er er of the square res es es and er era errase
them as you eliminate them. them em as you el eliminate them em.
Tips and tricks
5 4 1 6
8 7 6 4 9
4 3 5 8
7 8 5
1
3 2
6 3 4 9 1 7 5
6 5 4 3
6 9 2 4
2
1 2
5 3 2 6
8 6 4 5
1
5
3 7 6
7
1
3
6
9 7 2
5 2
9
6 8
4 5 2
5 3 8 1
7
2
1
1 4 3
6
8
4
9 5 8
1 6
5
8 9
8
9 3
7
3
8 6
1 4
7 5
6
4 8
5 1
8
3 2
4
2 5 9
1
9
1 3
8 4
6 1
7
2 5
6 3
4
9 7
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The mossst logicaaal form of thinkkkking iinvolvves numberrrs.
WWWhen you do simple calculattttions, you ddon’ttt make
guesses. You figureeee outtt ttthe answers byy applying
logiical rules to the figures. Moossst peoplee worldwide
haaavve devised some way ooffff counting, annd most have
deveeloped ways of reasoning with numbers.
Geometry
Mathematics can describe shapes such
as triangles and pyramids in terms of
d angles and dimensions. This can be used
to measure things s like the heights of
mountains. If you know your horizontal m
stance (D) to a mountaintop and dista
have some way of measuring you ha h v
le as you look up at it, you the anggle
out how high (H) it is out how high (H) it is. can figuure ou
Calculllat aa
io ii
ns
icks.
You want to bu b
ild d a wall froooom br b i
brickssss
It will be be b 2 200 bricks long and 12 222 b
you
high, buuuuut how many bricks will ll y
ly
need? It’s easy—yooo yy u ju ust mul uu tippppp
wo
12 b by tw wwwo, givin i g gg 24, then a add t ttw
t
zeroes, giving 2,400 b bbricks. s Most calc l ulationss use tri iiiicks like this: they ee are re ree the bas a is of ff
ma athemat tical thi hh nkking.
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systems
Counting s
Age farme
Imagine you are a
er counting
i e you are a Stone A
using the
sheep. You count to ten u
e fingers of
to ten, yo
both hands. When you get t
ou put a stone
in. If you
in your lap and start aga
reach eight,
eight fing gers: 18.
you have one stone and e
gers: 18. This
tem is ba ased on tens.
is why our counting syst
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To find the solutions to
these puzzles, you’ll need
to use math—and a fair
bit of logical thinking.
Some of the puzzles are
straightforward and
should be easy to solve,
while others are more
difficult and will require
more thought. There are
also a couple of trick
questions to keep you on
your toes. You’ll find the
answers on page 188.
96
NUM8ER
TH1NK OF A
Puzzling pyramid
Fill in the gaps so that each box
in the second row up contains
a figure that is the sum of the
figures in the two boxes below.
Flower power
In each flower, the four
black numbers can be
added and multiplied
in the same way to
make the white number
in the center. See if
you can figure out
how you do it. What
number should appear
in the center of the
third flower?
Only one chance
Replace each of the question marks with the
numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 to make this problem
work. You can use each number only once.
120
50
44 ? ?
?
? ?
?
14
3 ? ? ?
?
4
5
6 2 30
5
8
6 7
?
6
9
2 10
50
?? x ? = ???
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Dazzling stars
Each colored star represents a different
number from 1 to 4. Figure out which star
is which number to make this addition
problem work.
The weighing game
A pineapple weighs more than an orange, which weighs
more than an apple, which weighs more than a banana,
which weighs more than a strawberry. Study the balanced
scales above, then try to work out how many strawberries
are needed to balance one pineapple and three bananas?
How many strawberries do a pineapple, an orange, an
apple, and a banana each weigh?
Multiple fractions
What is ½ of ¹⁄
³
⁄⁄ of ¼ of ¹⁄5 ⁄⁄ of 600?
Pieces of eight
Write down eight number 8s, like this: 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8.
Now insert four addition signs between the eights in
such a way as to make a sum that equals 1,000.
Pass or fail?
To pass a test, Susan must correctly
answer 15 out of 20 questions. For each
correct answer, she is awarded ten points,
but for each incorrect answer, she is
deducted five points. She completes the
test, answering all 20 questions and
receiving a score of 125. Did she pass?
8
8
8
8
8
8
8
8
8
8
8
8
8
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/
1
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/
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A lot of math involves figuring out
patterns and relationships between
different numbers. Try out these
clever mind-bending math tricks on
your friends and family and find out
how math can be much more fun
than you think.
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THE MAGIC OF
Domino divining g D m n i i i g
Use basic subtraction skills to discover the U s b a o s o i o r
total on a domino hidden in your friend’s hand. t n d m o i e o e h d
Step 1 Step 1 S e
Give your friend a set of dominoes and ask him or her to y G r e e m a a h h
choose one without letting you know what it is. c o o w y k w h t
Step 2 Step 2 S e
Ask him or her to pick one of the numbers on the domino p A h h c o e u e o h o n
and to do the following problems with it—it’s okay to use a t o e p s ’ k s
a calculator: l l a l a
ǩ Mulliply by 5 ǩ Mulliply by 5 ǩ u l y
ǩ ldd 7 ǩ d
ǩ Mulliply by 2 ǩ u l y
ǩ ldd lhe olher number ldd lh lh b ǩ d e h n m
shown on the domino shown on the domino s w n e o
Step 3 St 3 S e
Ask him or her to tell you the Ask himor her to tell you the A h h o l
answer. If you then subtract answer. If you then subtract a w I s r
14 from this, you will be left 1 o t , u
with a two-digit number, w w n m r,
which will correspond to which will correspond to w i o s n o
the very same numbers y v m u b
on your friend’s domino. o o f n d m .
The answer is “9”
T
e
a
s
e
s


This is an easy trick to start off
T
s
a
e
sy
r
k
s
r
f
with, because you are letting m
ath
w
h
e
u
e
u
r
e
n
m
t
do all the work for you. Ask your
d
a
h
w
r
o
yo
k
o
friend to exactly follow the steps
fr
n
to
x
ct
f
o
t
e
e
of the trick and the answer
of the trick and
the answ
o
h
r
k
n
h
a
sw
r
will always be the sam
e: 9.
will always be the sam
e: 9
w
w
s
e
e
a
e
9.
Step 1
Step 1
S
e
Before you start the trick, write the number 9 on
B
r
o
t
t
t
k
r
t
n
m
n
a piece of paper, fold it, and hand it to your friend,
a piece of paper, fold it, and hand it to your frie
d
a
c
of
p
d
a
h
d
to
ou
r
d
but tell him or her not to look at it.
but tell him or her not to look at it
b
e
h
o
e
o
o
k
Step 2
Step
2
S
e
Hand your friend a calculator and ask him or her
Hand your friend a calculator and ask him
or her
H
d
u
ri
d
a
l
r
d
s
m
r
r
to do the following:
to do the following:
o
o
e
lo
n
ǩ Type in his or her oge
ǩ
p
n
h
o
ǩ ldd lhe number of lheir house
ǩ
d
e
m
e
f
i
o
e
ǩ ldd lhe losl four digils of lheir phone number
ǩ ldd lhe losl four digils of lheir phone number
ǩ
d
e
s
u
i
s
lh
r
o
n
m
ǩ ldd lhe number of pels lhey hove
ldd lhe number of pels lhey hove
ǩ
d
e
m
e
f
s
e
o
ǩ ldd lhe number of brolhers ond sislers lhey hove
ǩ
d
e
m
e
f
l
rs
n
is
rs ers lhey hove
rs
e
ho
ǩ Mulliply by 18
ǩ Mulliply by 18
ǩ
ul
ly
y
ǩ ldd lhe digils of lhe onswer logelh
ldd lhe digils of lhe onswer logelh
ǩ
d
e
g
o
he
n
e
og
hher. íf lhe
her. íf lhe
h
í
e
answer is more than one digit, ask h
a
w
s
o
t
n
e
gi
s
him or her
h
o
e
to add those digits together, and to
o
dd
ho
t
o
h
a
gether, and to keep adding
k
d
them together until there is only d
them together until there is only d
h
m
g
e
n
o
y
ntil there is only digit left.
il there is only digit left
t
re
o
i
f
Step 3
S
e
Show your frie
Show
your f i
S
w
u
riend the piece of paper
end the piece of pap
d
e
c
of
p
with the answ
with the answer w
w
t
a
wwer written on it.
wer written on it
w
tt
o
t
MATH
BRAIN GAMES
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All in a row
A l i
o
This is not just a great trick, it’s also a
T s
t s e t c
t a o
good way of practicing your multiplication
ood way of practicing your multiplication
g d w
o p c i
u m
t i t
skills. Once again, the number 9 is
skills Once again, the number 9 is
s l O c a
n h n m e 9
helping with the magic.
helping with the magic.
h p g i t
a c
Step 1
S e
Hand your friend a calculator, a pen, and a
H d u r d c u o
d
piece of paper. Ask him or her to write down
piece of paper. Ask him or her to write down
p e p e A h o e o r d n
these eight digits: 12345679.
these eight digits: 12345
h e g d s 2 5 9
Step 2
Step 2
S e
Ask him or her to choose one of the digits.
Ask him or her to choose one of the digits.
A h
h
o h
e n f e i
Step 3
S e
Whichever one your friend chooses, you must
W c e n y
n c
s , u u
quickly multiply it by 9 in your head. So, for example,
quickly multiply it by 9 in your head. So, for example,
q k m i
y n u e . ,
m e
if he or she picks 1, 1 x 9 = 9; if he or she picks 2,
if he or she picks 1, 1 x 9 = 9; if he or she picks 2,
f
s p s 1 9 9 h r e c 2
2 x 9 = 18; if he or she picks 3, 3 x 9 = 27, and so on.
2 8
o h i
3
7 n o .
Step 4
Step 4
S e
Now ask your friend to use the calculator to multiply
Now ask your friend to use the calculator to m
p y
N
k u i u t c u o o u l
the eight-digit figure by the number you have just
h e t g g e t
m r u v u
worked out. If your friend picked 1 in Step 3, the
rked out If your friend picked 1 in Step 3, the
w k o
o
r n
c d n e 3 e
answer will be 111,111,111; if he or she picked 2,
answer will be 111,111,111; if he or she picked 2,
a w w b
1 1
e
e k 2
the answer will be 222,222,222; if he or she picked
h a w w b 2 2 2
e
k
3, the answer will be 333,333,333, and so on.
3 e n e i e 3 3 3
n s n
Math genius Karl Gauss Math th gen enius Ka Karl rl Gauss
(1777–1855) once added the (1777–1855) once added ed d th the
numbers from 1 to 100 in seconds. number ers errs rs fr fro fr rom 1 to to to 100 in sec eco cconds ds. s.
He saw that if you add the frst and He saw th that if you add th the fr frs frrs rst and
last numbers (1 + 100), you get 101. las ast number ers er rs rs (1 + 100), you get et 101.
Adding the second and second-to-last Adding ng th the sec eco ccond and sec eco ccond-to to to-las ast
numbers (2 + 99) also gives you 101, number ers errs rs (2 (2 + 99) als lso give ves es es you 101,
and so on. So all you need to do is and so on. So So all you nee eed ed d to to to do do iis y
101 x 50, which is 5,050. 101 x 50, which is 5,050. 101 x 50, wh which h is is 5,050.
0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20
Super adder S p r a d r
Perform this trick well and you will P f m h t c w d o w
convince your friends that you are the i f i d th t th c v c y r d h u r h
world’s fastest adder. In fact, the only world s fastest adder In fact the only w s s s d e n a e
skill you need to master is how to skill you need to master is how to s l e d a e s o
multiply by 11. multiply by 11. m l l y 1
Step 1 S e
Hand your friend a pencil, a piece of paper, and Hand o r friend a pencil a piece of paper and H d u r d p c f p a
a calculator, and ask him or her to do the following: a calculator, and ask himor her to do the following: a c a k m d h w :
ǩ Wrile down lwo numbers belween 1 ond 1º, ǩ d n o u e b w n 1
one beneath the other. o b e e
ǩ ldd lhe lwo numbers logelher ond wrile lhol ǩ ldd lhe lwo numbers logelher ond wrile lhol ǩ d e w u e l e r d r l
third new number beneath the other two. third new number benea w e e a t o r o
ǩ ldd lhe second ond lhird numbers logelher ǩ d e c d n s g
and write a fourth new number below them. b b l h a w e f t e n b o h
ǩ Moke o Ȍflh new number by odding logelher lhe ǩ Moke o Ȍflh new number by odding logelher lhe ǩ o o e b b d h l
third and fourth numbers and write it below them. d u m r n w e w e
ǩ Keep going in lhe some foshion unlil lhere is ǩ e g g l s s o n l e
a column of ten numbers. l f t b a l n t m r
Step 2 S e
Ask your friend to show you the list of numbers. A y r e t h b s
Tell him or her that you can add the numbers Tell himor her that you can add the numbers T h h y m r
together quicker using a pen and paper than together quicker using a pen and paper than t r c r i a n n a r
he or she can using a calculator. h r e s a l r
Step 3
t
p
When your friend accepts the challenge, don’t
When your friend accepts the challenge
don’t
e
o
f
n
c
p
h
c
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Map reading
A map is like an aerial view
of the ground, but with all the
features represented by symbols.
Map reading is a very good test
of spatial awareness. Here, a boy
finds his way blocked and needs to
find a new route by reading a map
and relating it to the real world.
Thinking in pictures
If you have to pack a lot of items
into the trunk of a car, you use spatial
skills to mentally rearrange them
and decide how to make them fit
best. You also use spatial skills
when imagining how something might
look, such as a different furniture
arrangement in your bedroom.
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We usually think of spatial awareness in terms
of 3-D activities—playing sports, for example.
But spatial skills can also help us with 2-D
problems, such as making sense of patterns
on a page. Use these skills to figure out how
the 2-D objects in these puzzles interact with
one another. Check your answers on page 188.
102
2−D
SEEING IN
Up and down
Imagine the man turning the top-right cogg
clockwise. What will happen to the two
baskets of bricks? Will basket A move up
or down? Will basket B move up or down?
You will have to solve this problem stage
by stage, figuring out how the turning
of each cog, wheel, and pulley affects
how the next one will move.
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side-down triangle Ups
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a way to move only two shovels s to
turn the five squares into four?
No shovels can be taken aw way.
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The workers, wheelbarrows, The workers wheelbarrows
and piles of bricks at this
construction site look randomlyy
arranged. However, see if you can
add four lines to divide the site
into five areas, each containing into five areas, each ccontainin
w, one worker, one wheeelbarrow
and one pile of brickss.
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Many of the things you do
each day depend on spatial
awareness skills—walking
along the street, or using the
phone, for example. You perform
these actions so often that they
feel natural, so you barely give
them a thought. You’ll need to
pay a bit more attention to solvee
these 3-D problems. Turn to
page 188 to find the answerss.
104
Four triannggles
Arrange six equal- l-size pencils
so that they makke four equilateral
triangles. If yoouu get stuck, remember
that this is a 33-D puzzle.
Diffferent angles es
Alth though these nine 3-D shhaapes
allll look very different, two o them are
iidentical—they’re just beeing shown from
contrasting angles. Se eee if you can find
the two matching shaapes. You will need
to visualize each shhape at different angles.
View from th the top
The side view above e shows four 3-D shape pes positioned on a boarrdd
(clockwise from toop left: a cube, a cylindder, a pyramid, and an
icosahedron). Caan you figure out whicchh of the six overhead vieews
below matchess the positions of the 33-D shapes in the side vi view?
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People regularly come up with new ideas that People re
make life easier and that may even change the and the
world. Turning such inventions into practical inventions into practi racti
technology takes hard work, but the original he
idea is often the product of inspired genius. re
106
INVENT NVEN IION O
Bright ideas Br
Inventive people are often very
observant, with a talent for linking what o
hey see to other ideas. In 1948, Swiss th
ventor George de Mestral noticed a inve
of prickly plant seedpods clinging lot of prickly plant seedpods clinging
s clothes. He discovered that they to his c t they
quipped with microscopic hooks were eq roscopic
ng to the fabric, and he used his that clung e fabric,
to invent the Velcro fastener. discovery to to inv ery t
Problem solving
In 1993, British inventor Trevor Baylis was watching a TV show about the spread of AIDS in
DS in Africa. He realized that people
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because they had no electricity.
cause
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inventing a wind-up radio,
powered by a clockwork
motor linked to a small
electrical generator.
Making connections
Some inventions involve luck, together
with the knowledge to appreciate it. h the know
In 1928, Alexander Fleming had been nd
trying to find ways of fighting bacterial find w
infections when he noticed that infectio
a mold growing on an unwashed
bacterial culture plate had killed the
bacteria around it—just like the white
mold on the culture plate above.
He realized he had discovered the
first antibiotic drug, penicillin.
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Known as burs, seedpods like this one have
Known as burs, seedpods like this one have
hooks that cling to animal fur, carrying the
seed away from the parent plant.
Stiff Velcro hooks (red in this magnified view) mimic
Stiff Velcro hooks (red in this magnified view) mimic
the hooks on a plant bur, and catch in the soft loops
of a woven pad.
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Wernher von Braun was a visionary inventor: a man who
saw the future and made it happen. He was the scientist
behind the Saturn V rocket that carried men to the Moon, V
and he masterminded the development of the smaller
rockets that preceded it. He also had ambitious plans
for an orbiting space station and manned flights to
Mars. But all this was based on his early experience
developing the deadly V-2 missile for Nazi Germany.
Wernher
von Braun
108
Liftoff
Born in 1912, von Braun developed a
passion for astronomy when he was a child.
Inspired by the rocket-powered vehicles of
Fritz von Opel and the work of rocket
pioneer Hermann Oberth, he became
obsessed by space travel and joined the
Spaceflight Society at the University of
Berlin to assist Oberth in rocket research.
Wrong target
In the late 1930s, the German Nazi authorities
persuaded von Braun to develop the V-2 rocket as
a weapon. Yet von Braun always said that he was
really only interested in space travel. On hearing
the news that the first operational V-2 had hit
London, England, he said, “The rocket worked
perfectly except for landing on the wrong planet.”
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arrested for attaching rockets to a cart arr rre rrres es ested ed fo for att tt ttaching ro rocket ets ts to to a cart rt rt
and setting fre to them in the and set ett tt tting fr fre frre to to them in the
crowded streets of Berlin. cr cro rowd wded ed str tre reet ets ts of Ber erl rlin.
An astonishing total of 3,225 V-2s were An asto tonishing to total of 3,225 V- V-2s wer ere re
launched against Allied targets toward the aunched against Allied targets toward the launched ed ag against Allied ed targ rget ets ts to towward rd the
end of World War II—up to ten per day. end of Wo Worl rld Wa War II—up to to ten per er day.
A rocket-propelled Fritz Opel hurtles down
the AVUS racetrack in Berlin in 1928.
A captured V-2 rocket is launched by
British scientists in October 1945, soon
after the war ended.
Relaunch
In 1945, von Braun surrendered to the
American forces, who took him to the
U.S. Eventually, he was joined by a team
of 127 technicians who had worked on
the V-2 rocket program. Their task was
to develop the V-2 into a nuclear missile.
However, in 1958, one of von Braun’s
rockets was used to launch the first
U.S. satellite, Explorer 1. This marked
the beginning of the space race
between Russia and the U.S. that
was to lead to the Moon landings.
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Lunar landing
Von Braun’s big success was the colossal
Saturn V “superbooster” that carried the
V
Moon missions of the late 1960s. Much
bigger than any previous rocket, it had the
power to carry a heavy load into Earth orbit
and beyond. Von Braun’s dream became
a reality in 1969 when his rocket launched
Apollo 11 on its pioneer mission to land
men on the Moon. Altogether there were
six Moon landings—all using the Saturn V.
Rocket science
While he was working on the first American
rockets, von Braun came up with some
ambitious plans for space exploration.
He devised a huge manned orbiting space
station and figured out ways of mounting
expeditions to the Moon and even Mars.
He later worked as an adviser to Walt
Disney, who was making TV shows
about space travel.
Grounded
Eventually it became clear that von Braun’s
Saturn rocket was going to be replaced by
the space shuttle, which is not suitable for
missions beyond Earth orbit. Von Braun’s
hopes for more expeditions to the Moon and
planets were shattered, and in 1972, he stopped
working for the American space program. Soon
after this he became ill, dying in 1977. Yet he
had achieved his main ambition of sending
astronauts into space—and to the Moon.
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HAVING A
WORD
Blue Green Orange White Pink
Orange
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1. Sail, cone, mast, cat, deck
2. Stapler, pencil, ruler, pen, crayon
3. Moon, Earth, Mars, Sun, Neptune
4. Dolphin, sparrow, robin, crow, sea horse
5. Tree, run, flower, sky, laugh
Odd ones out
In each of the following lists of words,
three of the five are related in some way.
See if you can guess which two are the
odd ones out and why.
Quick comparisons
Figuring out the relationships between
words is the first step to correctly using
them. Choose the right word to complete
the sentences below.
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eye, mouth, hair, fur, crow
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smell, aroma, taste, touch, hearing
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up, back, on, below, above
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pencil, color, paper, paint, brush stroke
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two, four, unicycle, five, one
When you talk or write, your brain searches
through your vocabulary to pick out the words
you need to express yourself. The following
games test your understanding of the
relationships between words and also show
how easily your brain can become confused
when you read words in a strange context.
Check your answers on page 189.
Mixed messages
The circumstances in which you see
words influence the way you read.
Step 1
Time yourself as you read out the color of
the writing, not the word itself. Look at the
15 words in the top panel.
Step 2
Next, time yourself as you try to do the
same with the panel below.
BRAIN GAMES
It is very difficult to equal or beat your
time from Step 1. For people who are
proficient at reading, it is difficult not to
automatically read the word. If the color of
the word and the word itself are not the rd itself are not the
same, we say the wword much quicker
than we can na ame the color.
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Like and unlike Like and unlike
This game tests your knowledge of how words
relate to one another. In the top game, pick two p g , p
words from each line—one from the left side and
one from the right—that are closest in meaning. g g
Now do the same for the game below, but this
time pick the two words that are opposites. p pp
Like
nice, hungry, work starving, cat, strong
tired, cut, include apple, sleepy, worse pp py
scary, trash, party top, fish, spooky
friend, banana, sillyy catch, grow, foolish g
Unlike
hide, distant, praise scorn, blink, listen
sharp, chew, edge p, , g bite, center, strange , , g
twist, rational, puzzle untidy, illogical, test
crawl, leave, start crawl leave start return, walk, travel return walk travel
Rabbit
Goat
Dog Dog
Horse
Pig
Sheep
Cat
Tiger
Bird
Elephant Elephant Elephant
Rabbit
Tiger
Elephant
Horse Horse
Pig
Dog
Goat
Cat
Bird
Sheep
Colored creatures Colored creatures
Time yourself as you say out loud the color y y y
and the animal pictured behind the word for
the group of animals on the left. For example, the group of animals on the left For example
the first one is a blue rabbit. Then do the
same for the group of animals on the right
and compare the two times. and compare the two times
As in the mixed-messages g s
game, it is harder to ignore the e
word. We have to stop the word. We have to stop the
automatic reading response
in order to perform the task, in order to performthe task
and this slows us down.
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Can I have
two tickets
for the movie,
please? Can
we sit where
we want?
What is he
doing?
We had a terrific
time skiing in the
Alps last year.
When did you
go there?
We went in March. I think
that’s the best time to
go because there was
a lot of snow.
We will do
the same.
The children
will love it!
hink he will Do you think
me? ever forgive me?
ANGUAGE
USING
Maybe you should
explain to him why
you did that and
see what he says.
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Fill in the blanks
This game tests how good you are at
understanding words in context. Where
do these words fit into the story below?
Two of the words don’t belong, so choose
wisely! Check the answers on page 189.
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This game is a
fun way to check
how good your
vocabulary is as
well as testing
the ability of your
brain to think
quickly and create
connections
between objects
between objects.
Coming up with
10–15 connected
words in the time
limit shows a good
level of word skill.
You will need:
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X-ray almost froze when he saw the shape.
Looking up at the ________ birdlike animal,
perched at the top of a ________ building,
X-ray knew this could be a fight to the death.
When the beast spied X-ray below, it let out
a ________ shriek and, without waiting
another ________, swooped down with
terrifying speed. It ________ X-ray in its
talons and carried him away before he had
a________ to think. After the initial ________,
X-ray turned in the animal’s grip so that he
got a brief ________ of its face, and he sent
a laser beam straight into the beast’s beady
eyes. The creature shrieked in ________ and
let go of the hero, who ________ to safety,
ready for his next challenge.
Step 1
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to name as many animals as he or she can
in 30 seconds.
Step 2
For every animal named, mark a checkmark
on a piece of paper. If there are any words you
don’t know, check with an adult.
Step 3
This time get your friend to ask you how many
fruit you can name in 30 seconds. Next time,
use your own ideas for subjects.
Talk about it
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Step 3
Next it is the turn
of player 2 to start to
speak on a new subject.
After three turns each,
you could increase the
time to a minute for
each speech.
Step 1
The two players take
turns to talk on a topic
for 30 seconds, without
repeating words or
pausing for too long.
The topics are decided
by the quizmaster, who
also keeps time.
p 1 Step
n adult to write 12 words Ask a
ns and adjectives) on separate (noun
ces of paper. Fold each piece piec p
put them inside the box. and
Step St 2
The first player chooses a
piece of paaper and reads out
the word, annd the second
player has to ssay a similar
word. If the noun is “yacht,” y
he or she could say “ship” or if the a adjective
is “cold,” he or she could suggest “f freezing.”
Step 3
The game continues with the remaining
words until the player pauses for moore
than five seconds or is unable to thin nk nk
of a suitable word. Ask an adult to time
the answers with the stopwatch.
Step 2
At the word “go,” player 1
starts to talk. Challenges
can be made at any point
if player 2 feels a rule
has been broken—the
quizmaster’s decision is
final. If the challenger is
correct, he or she continues
the talk. The player who is
speaking when the time
is up wins the point.
Keep talking
Now it’s time to
think on your feet—
and hope those
words keep coming.
You will need:
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Every picture tells a story
Here’s a game to test your storytelling skills.
Choose five objects from the grid opposite to
create a brief story. Choose your objects from
either a straight or a diagonal line. You must
bring all five objects into your story and use
proper sentences. Try to be as imaginative as
you can, whether your story is set in a fantasy
world or is just about a day at school!
Close relatives
Your brain has an aamazing capacity to
remember words, often by linking them
with visual imagess. These games help you
practice your wordd skills to improve your
vocabulary and connfidence so that you
won’t ever be lost ffor words.
It’s not always easy
finding the word you
need. This game
tests your skill at
thinking up words
with related
meanings.
You will need:
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adult to help out with
the game
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As lnog as you wrtie
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the frsit and lsat lttres
thhe fr frs fr rsiit and llsaat lltt ttr tttre res es es
of a wrod, you can
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sitll raed it.
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Words as art
Some forms of writing are so
beautiful that they are treated
as an art form. In the past, many
people in the West learned graceful
forms of handwriting—an art known
as calligraphy that is still enjoyed by
some today. In Chinese, every new
word requires a different character,
and this gives calligraphy a practical
function because the writer can invent
an entirely new character to express
a particular idea. Such characters
are works of art in their own right.
Pictures and words
Comic books have always been
popular with children, and many
adults read graphic novels that are
based on the same idea. These
do have words, but most of the
meaning is in the pictures. Pictorial
representations of words are also
used in other ways such as road
signs. Known as pictograms, these have the advantage of being
universally understood—regardless
of the language you speak and
whether you can read it.
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Some people have a flair for learning languages. They
catch on to what is being said, learn how to reply, and
are soon able to fluently read and write the language.
Jean François Champollion was a genius at this.
But he didn’t just learn the languages of his own age.
He found a way of using his skill to decipher a language
that had been long forgotten, enabling scholars to
rediscover the lost world of ancient Egypt.
Jean François
Champollion
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Sanskrit is the ancient language of
Hindu India, dating back to 1500 B.C.E.
Used to compose sacred textts, Avestan
is an old language from eastern Iran.
Keystone
In 1799, a French army captain discovered a
stone slab near the Egyptian port of Rashid,
or Rosetta. The “Rosetta stone” was covered
with writing in three languages: Egyptian
hieroglyphs, another form of Egyptian writing
called demotic, and classical Greek. But all three
were versions of the same thing—a document
issued by Pharaoh Ptolemy V in 196 B.C.E. Enough
of the writing remained to allow the hieroglyphs
to be related to the Greek and decoded—
but it would prove difficult.
Am
haric
is the language of the
Am
hara people of Ethiopia, Africa.
Master of languages
Born in F i 1790 J F i Born in France in 1790,, Jean François
came from a poor family and was
eight years old before he went to
school. He quickly discovered that he
had an amazing talent for languages,
mastering a dozen by the age of 16.
He also became intrigued by obscure
languages such as Amharic, Avestan,
Sanskrit, and Chaldean. Eventually
he became an assistant professor
of history, specializing in ancient
languages that could provide a way
of understanding the past.
Land of the pharaohs
While Champollion was a child, the
wonders of ancient Egypt were just
being discovered. The civilization that
built them was a mystery, however,
because no one could read the writing
found on the monuments—
the
symbols known as hieroglyphs.
Champollion was fascinated by
the ancient Egyptians.
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A dotty challenge
Can you draw four straight lines,
without lifting your pen from the page,
to connect all the red dots? You will need
to think outside the box on this!
Illustrated stories
Choose a painting—from an art book or from
the Internet! Study the picture for a while and
focus on the details. Let your mind wander and
then try to create a story around it.
Back to basics
What can you do with an empty
cardboard box? Use your imagination
and see if you can design something
brilliant. Of course, you could always
just copy our idea, but where’s the
fun in that?
Natural talent
Mother nature is often the best designer and
has provided inspiration for some important
inventions. See if you can match the invention
on the left with the inspiration on the right.
1. Shinkansen bullet train
2. Futuristic car
3. Swimsuit
4. Self-cleaning paint
5. Road reflectors
A. Shark’s skin
B. Lotus leaf
C. Cat’s eyes
D. Trunkfish
E. Kingfisher’s beak
Being able to understand
and interpret artwork is
a good creative exercise,
as the brain thinks about what at
the artwork is showing andd
draws on what it means.
By basing your story on
something that inspires youu,
you may create something
impressive yourself.
Some of the greatest inventors have
taken simple things and used them in
a new way. You don’t always need
elaborate materials to come up with
great ideas!
The field of science referred to above is
known as biomimicry, which means “imitating
nature.” The next time you are in a park or
garden, see if you can find inspiration or new
ideas from the things you see around you.

When taking up a
challenge such as this, you
may need to take one or two
different approaches. If you
don’t get it right the first
time, keep starting from
a different point
until it works.
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ARE YOU U A CREATIVE
BRAIN GAMES
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Something from nothing
There is great creative potential in the
bits and pieces lying around your home.
Try to find new ways to use everyday
objects such as tissue boxes, cardboard
tubes, and straws. Or maybe make
a sculpture, starting with an empty egg
carton and adding anything else that
sparks your imagination sparks yoour imagination.
Lateral thinking
ee if you can solve these riddles with a dash Se
of imagination and a lot of lateral thinking. o
le A: Riddl Romeo and Juliet
ying dead on the floor. are ly
ere are no marks on The
r of them, but they are either
ed with water, and near soake
is a broken glass bowl. them
How did they die? H
Riddle B: How do you throw
a ball and make it come back
without throwing the ball
against a wall, the ball being
attached to string or elastic,
or the ball being caught and
thrown back by someone?
Riddle C: A man rode into town on
Wednesday. He stayed for three
nights and then left on Wednesday.
How is this possible?
When presented with
riddles, we may try to find the answer
based on a straightforward reading of
the question. By trying to think what
else the riddle might mean, you will
learn to think laterally.
c Put your potential for brilliancce to the tes
Some of th with these six challenges. Some of the ga
ng, while others require lateral thinking, w s leav
in your hands. Ju the creativity entirely i Just
e in each cloud and se check the challenge se
r you qualify as a creative spark! whether you quali
find the answers on page 189. You’ll fin
You may come up with a
fantastic creation, but even if your
ideas turn out to be more silly than
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ideas turn out to be more silly than
splendid, you will have learned
a great deal about using your own nn
creative spark.
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BOOST YOUR
CREATIVITY
Many techniques designed to
improve creative thinking encourage
you to break away from strict logic
and fixed ideas and let your mind
wander more freely around a
problem. This is often called
“thinking outside the box.” It
helps you see things from different
angles and come up with the fresh ang
ed to be creative approaches you need to be creative.
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Lateral thinking
Similar to brainstorming, lateraal
thinking is all about approachin ng
a problem from every possible
angle. The basic idea is to
identify the “normal” way of
looking at a problem and avoid
it. You use a random way of
triggering new trains of though ht,
such as letting a book fall open n,
sticking a pin on the page, and
seeing how the word it hits
might relate to the problem.
It sounds crazy, but it can be
surprisingly effective.
Brainstorming
This involves thinking up as many ideas
as possible without judging them. You can do
this alone, but it is usually a group activity, with yy g p y
someone writing all the ideas down. It can be fun!
When everyone has run ouut of ideas, you look at
the list and see what you hhave. Sometimes the
oddball ideas turn out to bbe the best ones.
Vissual thinking
Insteaad of making simple lists of ideas, you can t turn them
into a diagram. You start with a i t a diagram You start with a central problem, such as
global warming, and add a series of spreading branches di branches
depicting all the related facts, figures, and ideas. This can
work like a visual form of brainstorming, with new ideas
leading to more radical, creative ones.
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What if...?
One way of moving beyond fixed ideas
is to ask, “What if . . .?” You could aask,
“What if all bus travel was free?” aand
this might lead to creative thinking g
about the way we get around and t the
role of cars. It could be a negative
question, such as “What if no one
collected our garbage?” You could
then figure out ways of dealing wit th
the problem. Or the question could d
be impractical in itself, such as “W What
if our pets could talk?” This might
seem like a fantasy, but it could
stimulate useful ideas about
how we treat animals.
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Energetic thi inking
Many people find that the ey think
more creatively about pro oblems oblems
while they are walking, ru unning,
or working out. The exerccise has
to be repetitive, so it frees your
mind to work on the prob blem.
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Working backw ward ward
If you know what you want but don’t
know how to get to there e, try working
backward. It’s like working back from
a winning shot in basketball: to get C
to score, A has to pass thhe ball to B
and B to C. Mentally, it caan suggest ideas
that would not occur to y you otherwise.
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THEMSELVES.
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CREATIVE
EXERCISES
You can improve your creative
skills by following exercises
designed to make you look
at ideas and problems in
different ways. So try thesse
games and let your
imagination run free!
Novel story
Use your imagination and
think of ways of combining
all the following words into
a funny story or poem:
purple, sheep, chips, string g,
chair, summit, apple, screww,
tie, smile
Clip art
Can you think of 30 different
ways of using a paper clip
other than for holding papers
together? Write down as many
as you can in ten minutes.
The crazier, the better.
Ready, set, go!
What if...?
Exercise your creative streak and
come up with the most imaginative
story you can to complete the
following scenarios:
ǩ What if we didn’t sleep?
ǩ What if your house could speak?
ǩ What if we could go on vacation in space?
ǩ What if our eyes were in our kneecaps?
ǩ What if we could breathe underwater?
Unusual crossing!
Imagine that you are stranded on one side of a lake, your
friend is on the other, and you want to get to your friend.
Set yourself a time limit of
five minutes and write down
as many ways you can think
of to cross the lake. See what ideas your friends come up
with, too. It could make for
an interesting crossing!
BRAIN GAMES
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redentials
Green cr
often about
Creativity is
e of the world
being aware
and using it for
around us a
. When was the
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last time yo
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around you
green. How many
example, g
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things can
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green? Th
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you might
Creative play
Play helps free the mind and aid creativity, so
use your visual imagination and plan a treasure
hunt for your friends. Think of some cryptic clues
to lead your friends on a journey around your
house or backyard The clues could even be house or backyard. The clues ccould even be
pictures. Each clue leads to another until you
reach the treasure. Read out thhe first clue and
let the hunt begin!
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Ahead of his time
Many of Leonardo’s inventions were
objects that could not be made at the
time but have since become a reality.
He devised a form of parachute, a glider,
a type of bicycle, a life jacket to keep a
person afloat, an underwater breathing
device, weapons that could be used to
attack ships from underwater, and an
“unsinkable” double-hulled ship. He
even came up with this pioneering
concept for a helicopter (left).
This helicopter of Leonardo’s would not have worked,
although his notes suggest that he did build flying models.
One of the most intelligent people ever to have lived,
Leonardo da Vinci is famous for the amazing breadth of
his interests. Primarily a painter of extraordinary skill,
he became fascinated by the human body and pioneered
the science of anatomy. He also became a practical
engineer and inventor, dreaming up all kinds of
astonishing devices that were way ahead of their time.
Leonardo
da Vinci
Visionary engineer
In 1482, Leonardo got a well-paid job with
the duke of Milan by describing himself as
a military engineer. Luckily he was much
more talented than most engineers of the
time. He was interested in water power
and came up with many devices driven by
water wheels. Later, he proposed a bridge
across the Gulf of Istanbul, which would
have been the longest single-span bridge
in the world, but it was never built.
Amazing artist
Leonardo was born near Florence, Italy,
in 1452. When he was 15, his father sent
him to work as an apprentice for the
Florentine painter Andrea del Verrochio.
He soon became a superbly realistic
painter of human figures, partly because
of his interest in anatomy. He worked very
slowly, and during the late 1400s, he
completed only six paintings in 17 years.
His most famous painting is the Mona Lisa,
probably painted in around 1505.
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disorder (ADD)—a psychological problem that disorder (ADD)—a psychological problem that disord rder er (A (ADD)—a psycholog ogical pro roblem that
has only recently been identifed. has only re rec ecently been identifed ed.
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paintings—and even paintings—and eve ven
his drawings—are his dr dra rawings—are re
among the most among the most
valuable in the world. va valuable in the wo worl rld.
The Mona Lisa is thought to be a portrait of the wife
of a wealthy silk merchant from Florence.
This Leonardo drawing shows a weapon for hurling
stones—a bombard—powered by a water wheel.
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Leonardo was fascinated by human anatomy.
He spent hours dissecting human corpses and
drawing what he saw. This gruesome activity
was considered suspicious, and was even
forbidden by the pope himself, but Leonardo was
not easily put off. He pressed on, producing many
drawings, which he considered a much better
way of describing anatomical features than
written descriptions. Many of his drawings
are remarkably detailed and accurate.
These studies of limbs by Leonardo were among
the first anatomical drawings ever made.
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Your Brain and
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You
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The inner you
T
Most of us believe that we have
M
an inner “self” that defines our
a
personalities. The concept has
p
no biological basis, and most
n
scientists think it is an illusion.
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Yet it is a very powerful idea,
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and it forms the basis of the
a
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survives even after death.
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SELF
SENSE OF
That’s me!
If you put a cat in front of a mirror, it may not
react at all. Birds don’t recognize themselves
either; instead, some see a rival and try to drive
it away. Human babies are similar, but at the
age of around 18 months, they know who they are
looking at—they have developed a sense of self.
Self-esteem
We all have an idea of how we would
like to be. If we think we don’t match up
to this ideal, we feel bad about ourselves—we have
low self-esteem. Quite often the ideal is not realistic,
but sometimes our judgment of our self is inaccurate
and we are actually closer to the ideal than we think.
You know who you are. You rrecognize
yourself in mirrors and pictuures. You
have an image of yourself that includes
your personality and your beeliefs about
how others see you. This sellf-awareness
enables you to think about yoour identity
and how you relate to other people. It is
what we call consciousness..
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B
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Scans of brain activity like this one, show
ing
high activity in red, reveal that there isn’t a
single part of the brain that is the focus of
consciousness. N
o one has ever suffered
a brain injury that destroyed their sense of
self but left everything else intact. Instead, it
seem
s that consciousness depends on activity
throughout the cerebral cortex—
the part of the
brain responsible for m
em
ory and thinking.
Self-image
Your sense of self is made up of your personal history
combined with your own idea of your personality and physical
appearance, as well as how others see you. If you are lucky,
you will have a positive self-image, but some people have
negative ideas that distort their self-image. For example,
very shy people think others are judging them all the time.
Consciousness
No one really knows what consciousness is,
but we all have it. It has been described as
an awareness of our own existence and our
thought processes. So it is partly about your
identity but also about your ability to think,
plan, and analyze your thoughts and plans.
y
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Everyone is affected in different ways by the same experiences.
Jack hates parties, but his friend Jill loves them. They have
different personalities. Yet this might not predict how
they react to other types of experiences. Jack might be
open to new ideas, while Jill is not. We are all complex
mixtures of a variety of personality traits.
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P
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In the genes
Part of your personality is inherited from your
parents, so if they are both fun-loving people,
there’s a good chance you will be the same.
However, it is not quite so simple, because
personality traits can be expressed in various
ways. A well-organized artist, for example,
might seem unlike a well-organized banker.
Getting along together
Some people are very reserved and have only a few
special friends. Others are more sociable and seem
to get along with everyone. Being open minded to the
ideas of people with different personalities helps us
develop both emotionally and intellectually. It also
helps us cooperate to achieve things.
Individuality
Western cultures tend to
celebrate the variations in
personality that make us
individuals. Some other
cultures discourage them.
However, we all seem to
be getting bolder about our
individuality, and we often
display this in the way we
dress and behave. Ideally,
we would all feel confident
as individuals while
staying responsible
members of society.
Nature and nurture
Your experiences can have a big effect on your
personality. If your best friend is run over by a bus,
for example, it affects your outlook. But although
these twins may have been affected in different
ways by their personal histories, they probably
react to new experiences in similar ways.
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thought there were only thought ther ere re wer ere re only
four basic personality fo four basic per ers rsonality
types: happy, gloomy, types es es: happy, gloomy,
calm, and excitable. calm, and excitable. calm, and ex excitable. e.
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Five-way split
Most psychologists agree that personality
is defined by five traits, each with its own
sliding scale. For each trait, every one
of us lies at a different point on the
scale. This gives a wide range of possible
combinations and accounts for the almost
infinite variety of human personalities.
Simple systems
People often use simple ways of
defining personality. One common
system is the type A person who is
dynamic and pushy—such as the girl
in the above pictures—and the type B
person who is more relaxed. But
these simple concepts do not cover
all aspects of personality.
Neuroticism
Extroversion
Openness
Agreeableness
Conscientiousness
Worried
Insecure
Self-pitying
Sociable
Fun loving
Affectionate
Imaginative
Independent
Prefers variety
Helpful
Softhearted
Trusting
Organized
Careful
Self disciplined
Calm
Secure
Self-satisfied
Shy
Serious
Reserved
Down-to-earth
Conforming
Prefers routine
Unhelpful
Ruthless
Suspicious
Disorganized
Careless
Weak willed
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(c) 2011 Dorling Kindersley. All Rights Reserved.
Born in England in the last year of the 1700s,
Mary Anning was a self-taught pioneer of the new
science of geology. She had a genius for finding the
fossil remains of extinct animals and was considered
an expert by some of the most eminent scientists
in Europe. Yet she achieved all this at a time when
women were barred from academic life.
Mary
Anning
Fossil hunter
Mary’s father was a
furniture maker and
fossil collector who took his
children fossil hunting along
the shore. He sold his finds to
wealthy visitors from a table in
front of his store. But he died
when Mary was 11, leaving his
family with no income. His wife
kept up the fossil trade, while
Mary and her elder brother
went out to look for fossils. Mary
became an expert at finding, and
identifying, exciting fossils, and
when she was 20, she started to
run the fossil business herself.
Jurassic coast
Mary lived in Lyme Regis on the
“Jurassic coast” of southern England—
so named because the cliffs contain
fossils dating from the Jurassic period
of the age of dinosaurs. In the early
1800s, such “curiosities” were not
understood, but they were eagerly
sought by visiting gentlemen
naturalists. If they could not find
any, they could buy them from
local collectors like Mary.
An extinct relative of the modern nautilus, this ammonite
is one of many fossils found on the Jurassic coast.
In 1800, at one year old, Mary survived being 1800 at one year old Mary survived bei In 1800, at one yea ear old, Mary ry surv rvi rv vive ved ed being
struck by lightning. People believed that this truck by lightning. People believed that thi str tru ruck by lig ightning. Pe Peo eople bel elieve ved ed that this
made her unusually bright and observant. made her unusually bright and observant. made her er unusually bri rig ight and obser erv rva rv vant. t.
Marine reptiles
Mary made her first major discovery in 1811, after
her brother found the fossilized skull of what he
thought was a crocodile. It took her a whole year
to uncover the complete skeleton of an ichthyosaur,
a prehistoric marine reptile that resembled
a dolphin. It was the first ever found. She sold
the fossil to a rich local man, who sold it on to a
museum in London. She was then only 12 years old.
This view shows Lyme Regis across the bay, and the beach in
Charmouth where Mary found some of her best fossils.
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147
Ge G ological pioneerr
When Mary Anning was col lle l ct ctin ing
fossils, most scie i ntists still believeeed d
that Ear a th and its animals had been
created in six days, only 6,000 years
ago. The evolutionar a y theories of
Charles Darwin were e not published
until 12 years after M Mary died
in 1847. Her fossi iilss o f extinct t t
creatures we w re some of o tthe h most
important ge g ological a discove v ries of
all time, annd d her ideas abou o t wh w at
they meant fforce ced scientists to o look
for differennt ways of explaining g the
history of life. In 18824, it was said dd of o
Ma M ry, “. . . all ackno n wledge that t she
understands more of the scienc n e
th hhan anyone else in th this kingdom.””
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im im mmpr p es esse seedd d by by by MMarry’ yy s s di di d sc s ovver r e ie ies s th that at hhe sold
hi his s ow w ownn nn fo fo fossil il cc coll o le le lectt ctiio ion innnn 1182 820 00 an an a dd gga g ve
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Ma Ma Mary ry in he her r bu busi sine ess ss,, an andd sh she e we weent n o on to make
ot t othe he h r r am amaz azin ing g fin finds ds. . Th They ey iinc nclu lude ded, d,, iinn 1823, the
fir first st kkno nown wn s ske kele leto ton n of of o aa llon ong- gg-ne necck cked ed “sea
dr drag ag gon on ” ,” llater e dddes escrr crib ibed d aas s aa a pl ples e ioosa saur.
Renowned expert
Mary had little formal education,
but she taught herself anatomy and
geology. At an early age, she became
lifelong friends with Henry de la Beche,
who went on to become the president
of the Geological Society of London. She
knew many other eminent scientists,
either personally or through letters, and
by the mid-1820s, she was considered
an expert on most types of fossils.
Yet she rarely left Lyme Regis, and
she visited London—then the center
of the scientific world—only once.
Inspired by finds like Mary’s, this old print shows what
an ichthyosaur and a plesiosaur might have looked like.
Mary on the shore of Lyme Regis with her
geological hammer and Tray, her dog.
These illustrations from 1860 include an ichthyosaur
and a plesiosaur, probably collected by Mary.
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153
Emotional
intelligence
Our ability to control and make use of
emotion is sometimes seen as a form of
intelligence. The man below is using his
emotional intelligence to recognize his
friend’s unhappiness and comfort her.
This is a social skill that also raises
awareness of your own emotions.
Coomplex emotions
As wwell as the six basic emotions, we also
expperience up to 30 complex emotions
succh as guilt, irritation, alarm, pride,
envvy, and love. Many of these are related
to the complexities of human society.
Theey are less automatic, involving more
thought—although emotions such as
lovee can still seem difficult to control.
Crying
As far as we knoow, only humans cry.
Crying in distresss produces tears
and a distinctivee facial expression.
Tears with a different expression
can also be caussed by joy, especially
among adults. TThis may indicate
that the mental wiring for distress
and joy is connected.
Controlling emotion
As we grow, the part of the brain
responsible for conscious control
grows, too, and we learn to control
our emotions. The man on the right
below is annoyed by his neighbor
eating popcorn, but he is managing to
stop himself from getting angry.
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South Africa. Here he is with his staff in 1903.
We do not often link politics with genius.
Yet some political figures have the genius
to see problems in a new way and use
this insight to change history. One of the
greatest was Mahatma Gandhi, the leader
of the Indian independence movement.
He pioneered resistance to authority by
nonviolent mass civil disobedience—an
idea that inspired movements for civil
rights and freedom across the world.
Mahatma
Gandhi
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Nonviolent protest
In 1906, the South African government tried to
force resident Indians to carry registration cards.
Gandhi called on Indians to defy the law but not
use violence. During a seven-year campaign,
thousands were jailed, beaten, or even shot—
yet Gandhi stood firm. Eventually this harsh
treatment of peaceful protesters forced
the government to negotiate with Gandhi.
Nonviolent protest had won its first victory.
Rude awakening
Born in 1869 in Gujarat, India,
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
studied to become a lawyer. In 1893,
he went to work in South Africa on
a 12-month contract and came
face-to-face with racism when he
was thrown off a train for refusing
to give up his first-class seat. He
became a political agitator, staying
in South Africa to help resident
Indians obtain the right to vote.
Great soul
Gandhi returned to British-ruled India in 1915
and became involved in the independence struggle.
He campaigned against the unfair taxation of poor
villagers, earning the name Mahatma, or “great
soul.” He always advocated nonviolent protest,
even after the 1919 Amritsar Massacre in which
British-commanded soldiers opened fire on an
unarmed gathering, killing at least 379 people.
At the age of 19, Gandhi travelled to Great Britain
to train as a lawyer at University College London.
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Body language
Our body postures say a lot about how
we are feeling. Some are obvious, like
jumping for joy or slumping in defeat.
Many are harder to define and more
difficult to pick up, but we can often
read such body language anyway—
especially when someone’s expression
doesn’t match up. The confident body
language but sad expression above
gives a strange mixed message.
Faking it
We all try to conceal our emotions
sometimes. We try not to look
bored when visiting relatives or
try to look happy when we are sad.
Some people in public life make it
their business to smile all the time.
But the difference between a real
smile and a fake one is obvious if
you see them side by side—in a
real smile, the eyes smile, too.
Acting
Actors are judged by their abilityy to
express emotions that they do not
really feel. This can be difficult,
so one performance technique,
known as “the Method,” involves
actors becoming immersed in
the thoughts and emotions of
the characters they are playing.
Sometimes they do this so well that
they get completely carried away.
Lie detection Your emotions tend to trigger certain
reactions if you are lying. Your heart
rate and breathing speed up and
you tend to sweat. These reactions
can be monitored using electronic
“lie detectors”—but good liars can
stay calm and fool the system.
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part of the brain. part of the brain. part rt rt of the bra rain.
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It’s not only your words that say a lot
about you—your facial expressions and
the way you move your body do, too. In fact,
your body language often reveals a lot more
than you want it to, because you don’t realize
what you are doing. Try these exercises and
then check your answers on page 189 to see
how good you are at reading emotions.
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TALK
BODY
Fake smiles
A real smile spreads across
your whole face, while a
fake smile is often mistimed,
crooked, and leaves the eyes
expressionless. Look at these
six faces and see if you can
sort the sham smiles from
the genuine ones.
BRAIN GAMES
Figuring faces
Facial expressions often speak louder than words.
Study the faces above and then see if you can match
them to these six different emotions: anger, disgust,
happiness, sadness, surprise, and contempt.
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Addiction
The most destructive habits are called addictions.
The addictions that get in the news involve illegal drugs,
alcohol, and tobacco, but people can also become
addicted to things like sugary foods and chocolate.
If they keep eating them, they can get sick, but despite
this, they just can’t stop—they are stuck with a bad habit.
or Programmmed behavi
atterns of behavior Habits are formmed by repeated pa
rain. These work creating nerve networks in the br
an appliance like a like the simple programs used in
ned on, the program washing machine—once it is turn
brushing your teeth, runs by itself. SSo when you start b
complete the job. the habit prograam takes over to c
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Useful routine
Every day you do things without thinking much about them,
because they are part of your daily routine. If something like
washing your face becomes a habit, it helps ensure that you
do it even if you’re thinking about something else. So habits are
valuable when they make life easier and encourage you to do
the things that you need to do, which you might otherwise forget.
bit Breakingg a bad ha
ak because it is wired A bad habit cann be difficult to bre
ge to overcome a bad into your brain. Even if you manag
ng is still there, ready habit for severaal months, the wiri
trigger. Time may help, to be reactivateed by the relevant t
ace a bad habit with a but often the beest tactic is to repl
less damaging one.
Bad habits
pick up bad habits. A lot Unfortunately, it’s very easy to p
or pick their noses. They of people bite their fingernails o
doing it, because they often do not know that they are
else. Sometimes this are thinking about something e
it can be irritating for doesn’t matter much, although
an be very damaging. others. But some bad habits ca
Triggers and prompts
Most habits are triggered by external signals. When
a driver sees a red light, it makes him or her perform a
series of actions that stops the car. It is like an instinct.
You can sometimes think up your own ways of prompting
useful habits—putting your toothbrush somewhere
obvious might prompt you to use it, for example.
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Confidence
Confidence is vital to winning, and this
has been proved by research. In one study,
24 people had their arms strength tested
before an arm-wrestling match. The
researchers deceived the competitors
into believing that the weaker participants
were the stronger ones. In ten out of 12
contests, the weaker wrestlers won!
Setting goals
To get anywhere, you need
to set yourself goals. But
don’t go for the long-term
goal of being the champion—
you need short-term
personal targets that you
can try to hit every day. If you
are a cyclist, for example,
your short-term goal could
be to achieve a faster time
than before—regardless of
who wins the race. This will
increase your confidence.
Visualization
Get in the right frame of mind by recalling the sensation
of success. Imagine yourself accepting the prize for first
place—it feels good, doesn’t it? This feeling can help you
win. Also, before the event, visualize yourself moving
smoothly through the activity, and you are more likely
do it perfectly when it matters.
Most people who take up a sport are trying to win,
but this means that someone has to lose. The
difference is usually put down to fitness and ability,
but when physical skills are evenly matched, the
winner is often the competitor who has the
right mental attitude. The same
is probably true of life.
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The most primitive animals do
not have brains. A jellyfish has
only a network of nerve fibers
extending over its body, with no
central control area to direct ce
its actions. But most animals t
have brains of some kind to h
process sensory signals and
enable them to respond to en
their surroundings. The part
of the brain that does this
processing has become hugely
enlarged in the human brain.
One part in particular—the
prefrontal cortex—has expanded d
to give us our capacity for
abstract thought.
BRAINS RA BRAINS
HOW WE GOT OUR GOT O G OW WE GOT GG
Super senses
For most animals, the main job of
the brain is to process data from the
senses. This function is often more
highly developed than it is in humans.
A dog has a much greater ability than
humans to identify scents, and some
owls can use sound alone to pinpoint
mice in total darkness. The brains of
these animals have a lot of mental
processing power, but compared to
us, it is used in different ways.
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ve no have brains because they hav they have no have brains because the have brains because t
of the heads or tails. The evolution heads or tails. The evolutio
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of a front end to the e body, of a “front end” to the he body
because once an animal starts mal start
using only one end of itself to nd of itself to
explore its world, its sense organs rld, its sense
become grouped at that end. ouped at that e
The sense organs need a nerve e organs nee
center to process their signals and o process t
send instructions to the rest of the f the struction
body. So even a snail has a brain. has a b even a sna
Intellect central
The part of the brain that seems to be t the
main intellectual processing centre is t the
bulge at the front, behind your forehea ad—the
prefrontal cortex. This uses informatio on from
the senses to form judgments, make c choices,
and predict future events. It has expan nded in
size throughout our evolution, pushin ng the
human forehead forward compared t to our
monkeylike ancestors. However, a stuudy of
the brains of baboons—large monke eys—has
shown that the human prefrontal corrtex is
not much bigger than theirs relative e to the
rest of the brain. So it is likely that it ts
structure has also changed.
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A large part of this owl’s brain is dedicated to
decoding the signals from its eyes and ears—
making it an extremely efficient hunter.
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Intelligent ancestors
By 160,000 years ago, our own species—
Homo sapiens—had evolved in Africa, and by
60,000 years ago, humans had spread across
most of the globe. Compared to humans today, t of the globe.
these people led primitive lives, but they needed mitive lives,
to be smart to survive. Studies of their skulls their sk
show that their brains were probably just like
ours, and they would have been just as capable
of operating complex devices like computers if
they had them. They have left evidence of their
intelligence in the rock art that still survives in
the places where they lived. the places where they lived. the pla p
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Instinct and thought
For a shark, the taste of blood in
the water means only one thing—
food! For a human, it could mean mea
several things: “Have I cut myself? my
Is it someone else’s blood? Where od
is the closest doctor? Will a shark Wi
detect it? Help!” The difference is fference is f
that a shark doesn’t give the blood esn’t giv th
much thought but acts on instinct. ought nstin
By contrast, humans tend to think ontr nk
about everything and may think so ou
much that they suppress instincts mu
that are crucial to survival.
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around 40,000 years aro round 40,000 yea ears rs
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improved language skills. improved language skills. impro rove ved ed languag age skills lss.
These dancing or hunting figures were painted on
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the rocks of the northern Sahara Desert long before
the land became a desert.
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English naturalist Charles Darwin revolutionizedd
the way we see the living world. His theory of
evolution by natural selection showed that
competition for scarce resources led to species
changing constantly through “the survival of the
fittest.” Published in 1859, the theory was a flash
of genius backed up by a mass of evidence—the
product of inspiration and a lot of hard work.
Charles
Darwin
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The Beagle
voyage
The voyage lasted five
years, and while the crew
charted the coastal waters,
Darwin spent most of his
time on land. He explored
South America, where he
found fossils of giant extinct
animals. He visited the
Galápagos Islands, where
he saw that the animals on
neighboring islands were
similar but slightly different.
He wondered if they might have
changed over time—or evolved.
The Beagle was a sm
all, cram
ped ship that
had to be virtually rebuilt to survive the
roughest seas on Earth.
Distracted student
Born in England in 1809, Darwin went
to the University of Cambridge to study
for the church, but he was much more
interested in studying nature. He became
friends with John Stevens Henslow, a
professor of botany, and Adam Sedgwick,
one of the founders of modern geology.
In 1831, he was on a geology field trip with
Sedgwick when Henslow suggested that
he join the survey ship HMS Beagle as
“ship’s naturalist” on an expedition to
chart the coastline of South America.
Darwin was only 23 when he embarked on
the voyage that was to change his life and
inspire his revolutionary theory.
When Darwin’s great theory was published, en Darwin’s great theory was published Wh When Darw rw rwin’s gre rea eat theo eory ry wwas published ed,
his friend T. H. Huxley said, his fr fri frriend T. T. H. Huxley ey said,
““
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stupid of me not to have thought of that! stupid of me not to have thought of that! stupid of me not to to have ve thought of that! t!
””
These Hawaiian honeycreepers all
evolved from the same ancestor
through natural selection.
Natural selection Within one year of his return in 1836, Darwin was thinking
about how animals might evolve. He realized that if food
is difficult to find, animals that are less well equipped to
find it tend to starve, while more favored animals flourish.
Since all animals are slightly different from their parents,
some are born with advantages that help them survive in
particular environments. This leads to the evolution of new
species by a process that Darwin called natural selection.
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Most of the development of the braain takes place before
a baby is born, so at birth the brain contains almost all the
nerve cells that it will ever have. DDuring childhood, these
cells are rearranged into increasinngly complex networks
that allow us to learn and remembber. The brain reaches
peak weight in early adulthood and then starts to shrink.
GROWS
HOW THE BRAIN
Beginnings
During the early stages of a baby’s development in the
womb, the brain forms at the end of a tube of cellls that
eventually becomes the spinal cord. At first it reseembles
the brain of a fish, with all the “primitive” parts w well
formed. But at around 11 weeks, the cerebrum sttarts
to expand, until at birth it looks like a smaller version ion
of a mature human brain.
Making connections
During the months after birth, the brain
develops fast. At first it has a simple cell
structure that can control only the basic
survival functions. But every new
stimulus to the senses triggers the
restructuring of nerve cells into the
t k th t t i f ti d networks that store information and
enable us to think. Like the girders
below, they are rearranged into
a new, more complex form.
Trimming down
Once the brain is up and running,
it starts economizing on nerve cells.
Inactivated cells are allowed to die
off—a process that starts at the age of
around four and continues for the rest of
your life. This does not affect the brain’s
efficiency, however, because inactive
brain cells have no function and simply
waste energy. So they are thrown away,
just like these spare girders being
tossed into a Dumpster.
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Older and wiser?
As you get olde er, you definitely know more
about the world a and are able to make better
decisions. But once you pass the age of 25, you
often become less aable to learn new skills that
are not connected to the things you
already know. This mayy reflect the
fact that, in many peoplee, the brain
gradually loses weight, mostly grradually loses weight mostly ht, mostly
throough the loss of brrain cells.
But this mental declinne is not
an inevitable pprocess.
Use it or lose it
There is plenty of evidence that intellectual
challenges help slow down the decline of the
brain during old age. People such as musicians,
scientists, and political activists who keep working
well past normal retirement age often show very
few signs of mental aging until the last few
months of life. Solving problems may seem
like hard work, but
it probably keeps
your brain fit
and healthy.
Structural failure
Some unlucky people suffer brain damage
in old age, or even younger. Some
may suffer a stroke, which cuts
off the blood supply to part
of the brain, causing some
of the brain tissue to die.
Others may get Alzheimer’s
disease, which makes brain
cells like these become
tangled up and stop
working, so sufferers can
no longer think properly.
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Radiotherrapy
Some brain disease can be
treated by therapies that don’t
involve cutting into the brain.
They include radiotherapy,
which uses a beeam of
radiation to destrooy the
cells that cause canceerous
brain tumors. The bbeam
is precisely targeteed on
the basis of a compputer
simulation, as seen here
(right). It is painlesss but
has to be repeated
several timmes.
Surgical precisionn
Thanks to three-dimensional computer-aided
guidance systems, brain surgeonss can reach
damaged areas without harming nnearby
tissues. They can operate preciselly with
the aid of remote-controlled microoscopes—
shown in use here—and fiber-optic lighting.
ng scovery and learnin Dis
he geon operates on a patient’s brain, t When a brain surg
s a is precisely located and recorded. As area that is affected i
of rstand a lot more about the function result, we now under
he of the brain, and this has increased t various parts o
ry. acy and effectiveness of brain surge accura
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head injuries, and operated on patients
with certain types of skull fractures.
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Trick and treat
Many stories of animal intelligence
involve their devising ways of i l th i d i i f
getting at food. Some people who
put out food for garden birds, for
example, find that it is often stolen
by squirrels. The squirrels show
amazing ingenuity as they
overcome obstacles to break into
“squirrel-proof” bird feeders.
Hunger is a powerful motivator.
Some insects, such as termites, Some insec ect cts tss, such as ter erm rmites es, ess,
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Toolmakers
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once thought unique to humans.
Chimpanzees, for example, use
carefully selected straws and
sticks to pick edible termites from
their nests. If a stick is too thick
to poke into the holes in a nest, a
chimp will carefully peel back the
bark until it is just the right size.
If you have a dog, you probably think it is
intelligent. Sometimes it will do something
that amazes you. But that is becauuse we do
not expect animals to think. We exxpect them
to use the instincts that are programmed into
their brains at birth rather than mmake use of make use of
the information in their memoriess to solve
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It’s not just dogs that can be taught new
tricks—many pets can be taught to do
something. Even your goldfish can be
coached to impress your friends if you
train it. Here are some fun activities to
try with all sorts of pets—but you must
check with an adult before you start.
Step 1
Show your hamster a treat
in your hand and then
hold it above its head.
Step 2
Say, “Stand” until your
hamster reaches up on
two legs to get the treat
and give it lots of praise
once it does. If you repeat
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Hamsters can provide lots of entertainment,
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way to spend lots of time with them, keep
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know how to sit, stay, lie down, and beg.
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To perform even the simplest
task, your brain weighs up a
constant flow of information
from your senses and
effortlessly decides what
to do. A machine, however,
can only follow instructions.
These games reveal how
difficult it is to give and
interpret instructions.
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FRIEND
PROGRAM YOUR
Step 1
Using the tangram below as a guide, draw
a square on a piece of paper and divide it
into seven individual shapes. Then color
and cut out each shape.
Step 2
You are going to help your friend
make a picture. However, he or
she doesn’t know what it is. Choose
a picture from this page. Now give
your friend precise one-step
instructions as to how to arrange the
pieces. For example, say, “Take the
small brown square and place it on
its point.” This is surprisingly tricky.
Step 3
Next it is your turn to make a
picture based on the instructions
of your friend. How does it feel
to be the person receiving the
instructions? How did you
do compared to your friend?
A tangram is an
ancient Chinese
puzzle that can be
arranged in many
ways to make shapes.
Your challenge here
is to guide a friend
to make pictures
from these shapes.
You will need:
ǩ3DSHUDQGVFLVVRUV
ǩ5XOHU
ǩ&RORUHGSHQFLOV
or pens
ǩ$IULHQG
BRAIN GAMES
Puzzling time
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Working in pairs, the
object of this task is to
direct your blindfolded
partner to throw the
ball and hit another
blindfolded player
using simple commaands.
You will need:
Ņ Several blindfolds
ǩ6PDOOIRDPEDOO
ǩ$WOHDVWVL[IULHQGV
ǩ6WRSZDWFK
ǩ$QDGXOWWRKHOSMXGJH
Step 1
Get into pairs and
stand in a circle.
One person in each
pair must put on a
blindfold. Set a time e
limit of ten minutess
IRUWKHH[HUFLVH7KH
game begins with o one
blindfolded player
holding the ball.
Step 2
7KHSOD\HUVZKRDUHEOLQGIROGHGDUHLQVWUXFWHGE\
WKHLUSDUWQHUVKRZWRWKURZWKHEDOO)RUH[DPSOHVD\
“Move to your right one step. Now throw.” Or tell them
when to duck so that they can defend themselves.
When the ball lands near their partner, they must give
clear instructions for retrieving the ball, such as
“Bend down and reach out with your right hand.”
Step 3
When the time limit
is up, you can switch
the blindfold to the
other player and start
DJDLQ$VNDQDGXOW
to judge on how good
you and your friends
were at either
listening or giving
clear instructions.
Step 1
Draw a picture—it can be an animal or a person
such as a clown or a queen. Place the picture in
another room so no one gets to see it.
Step 2
Pick one of your friends to recreate the drawing from
instructions given by the others. He or she is not allowed
to say anything during the activity. Set a time limit of
WHQPLQXWHVWRFRPSOHWHWKHH[HUFLVH
Step 3
One person then goes out of the room to look at
the picture and can only answer questions by saying
Ǥ\HVǥRUǤQRǥZKHQDVNHGE\WKHWHDP7KHLOOXVWUDWRU
has to listen to the questions and answers and draw
a picture of what he or she thinks is being described.
Step 4
When the time limit is up, compare the picture
with the original and see how closely it matches.
If it doesn’t, figure out where things went wrong
VR\RXZLOOGREHWWHUQH[WWLPH
How good are your
friends at giving
clear instructions to
achieve a common
goal? Find out with
this activity!
tiv y
You will need:
ǩ3DSHU
ǩ&RORUHGSHQFLOVRUSHQV
ǩ$WOHDVWIRXUIULHQGV
ǩ6WRSZDWFK
Picture this
Play time!
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anatomy
The study of the structure of
living things.
association
The process by which new memories
are linked to memories already
stored in the brain.
atom
The smallest particle of a substance.
Some substances such as oxygen
contain only one type of atom, while
others like water contain more than
one type of atom.
attention
The first stage in committing
something to memory by focusing
on the moment or on the task at hand.
auditory
Having to do with hearing and sound.
axon
The long fiber that extends from
a nerve cell, or neuron. Nerve signals
pass down the axon in one direction,
away from the main body of the cell,
to stimulate other cells.
bacteria
Microscopic organisms with a simple
single-celled structure. Some types
of bacteria can cause disease.
botany
The study of plants.
brain stem
The region at the base of the brain
where it joins the spinal cord.
Broca’s area
The part of the brain that controls
speech production.
cell
The smallest unit of a living thing.
Many living things such as bacteria
consist of only one cell, but the human
body is made up of many cells,
specialized for different jobs.
central nervous
system
The brain and spinal cord.
cerebellum
A part of the brain that helps control
balance and movement.
cerebral cortex
The entire wrinkly outer part of the
brain that is responsible for sensory
processing, memory, voluntary
movement, and thinking.
cerebral
hemisphere
One half of the cerebral cortex,
or cerebrum.
cerebrum
Another name for the cerebral
cortex, the cerebrum forms most
of the human brain.
conditioning
A form of learning in which good or
bad experiences create an automatic
response to similar experiences.
conscious
Being mentally aware.
consciousness
A state of mental awareness.
dendrite
A short fiber extending from a nerve
cell, or neuron, that picks up signals
from other nerve cells.
evolution
The process by which things change
slowly into different forms, usually
applied to living things.
frontal lobe
The front part of each cerebral
hemisphere, which plays an important
role in thinking.
geology
The study of rocks.
hair cell
A cell equipped with a tiny flexible
“hair” that is attached to nerves.
hormone
A substance released into the blood by
a gland that effects change in another
part of the body.
instinct
An automatic feeling or action.
intellectual
Anything to do with thinking.
intuition
Believing that you know something
without knowing why. This is
sometimes called a “sixth sense.”
limbic system
A part of the brain that plays a role in
automatic body functions, emotions,
and the sense of smell.
logic
Sound reasoning that draws correct
conclusions from basic facts.
mimicry
Copying the appearance or behavior
of another person.
molecule
The smallest particle of a substance
that can exist without breaking the
substance into its component atoms.
A single water molecule, for example,
consists of two hydrogen atoms and
one oxygen atom.
motor area
The region of the brain responsible
for voluntary (controlled) movement
of the body.
nerve
A bundle of fibers extending from
nerve cells (neurons) that carries
nerve signals, or impulses, between
the brain and other parts of the body.
nerve cell
A specialized cell, also known as a
neuron, that carries nerve signals
from and to all parts of the body
and forms networks in the brain.
nerve impulse
An electrical signal that passes along
the fibers extending from nerve cells
(neurons) and carries coded information
to the brain or other organs.
neuron
A single nerve cell.
GLOSSARY G
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nucleus
The control center of a cell.
olfactory
Having to do with the sense of smell.
parallax
A visual effect that makes close
objects appear to move more than
distant objects when you move your
head and eyes. It is important in the
perception of distance.
parietal lobe
The part of the brain that interprets
touch, pain, and temperature.
perception
The process of becoming aware of
something through your senses.
peripheral nervous
system
The outer network of small nerves
that are connected to the muscles,
skin, and all the organs besides
the brain. It is linked to the central
nervous system.
personality
The combination of character traits
that makes you an individual.
perspective
A visual effect that makes parallel
lines such as railroad tracks appear
to converge with distance.
PET scan
A medical scanning technique using
a system called positron emission
tomography, often used to detect
and locate activity in the brain.
philosophy
The study of the nature of knowledge.
phobia
A fear of something that has no
rational basis.
placebo effect
A psychological response to medical
treatment whereby the patient
believes that his or her health has
improved, even if the medicine they
received was fake.
prefrontal cortex
The area of the brain that is most
actively involved in thinking.
prejudice
A judgment that is made before
examining the facts.
prodigy
Someone who displays great talents
or abilities at an unusually early age.
program
A list of instructions that directs
the operation of an electronic device
such as a computer. The term is also
used to describe the code that
controls some biological functions.
psychology
The science of the mind.
recall
The process of consciously retrieving
a memory from the brain.
receptor
A structure that responds to
a stimulus such as touch, light,
or temperature.
recognition
The process of identifying
familiar knowledge when it is
presented to you.
reflex
An automatic reaction by nerves
that triggers movement—for example,
in response to sharp pain.
retina
The sheet of light-sensitive cells
at the back of the eye.
robot
A mechanical device that
automatically performs a task
under the control of a computer.
Often used to describe a machine
that resembles a human.
sensory
Having to do with the senses: sight,
hearing, taste, smell, and touch.
somatic sensory
cortex
The part of the brain that analyzes
nerve signals from the skin,
muscles, and joints.
spatial
Having to do with shape and space.
spectrum
The entire range of visible colors,
as seen in a rainbow.
spinal cord
The main bundle of nerve fibers.
It extends from the brain, down
to the lower backbone.
stereotype
A fixed idea or image of something,
often based on very little evidence.
telepathy
The ability to read the mind of another
person, probably through experience
and guesswork rather than true
mental communication.
thalamus
The part of the brain near its base that
acts as a relay station for information
from all the senses except smell.
therapy
Any treatment designed to relieve
physical or psychological illness.
3-D (three-
dimensional)
The term used to describe objects that
have volume, with the third dimension
of depth as well as the two other
dimensions of height and width.
unconscious
Having to do with mental activity that
does not involve any thought.
Wernicke’s area
The part of the brain that interprets
sound and visual data, vital to
understanding language.
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ANSWERS
6–7 Your amazing brain
Do you remember?
1. The shower
2. Running, skiing, swimming,
playing soccer
3. His lungs
4. Red
5. His cat
6. Fish
7. One
8. Cat, dog, fish, bird, snail, rabbit
9. Bacon and eggs frying
10. An injured finger
If you got more than six
answers right, your memory
is in great shape.
Perfect pair
Shapes A and F fit
together to make
the hexagon.
Feel lost?
66–67 Do you remember?
Step 2
1. Spain—Madrid
2. Ireland—Dublin
3. China—Beijing
4. Sweden—Stockholm
5. Iraq—Baghdad
6. Netherlands—Amsterdam
7. Japan—Tokyo
8. Italy—Rome
9. Egypt—Cairo
10. Greece—Athens
Who’s who?
Freddy is
Tortoise B.
78–79 Mastering mazes
The one-hand rule
Right or left?
Trial and error
Amazing mazes
Over and under
Recognition vs. recall
Step 1
1. Israel—Jerusalem
2. France—Paris
3. India—New Delhi
4. Russia—Moscow
5. Czech Republic—Prague
6. Germany —Berlin
7. Afghanistan—Kabul
8. Canada—Ottowa
9. Denmark—Copenhagen
10. Argentina—Buenos Aires
68–69 Paying attention
Spot the difference
A
F
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80–81 Puzzling patterns
All alone
The one creature that doesn’t
appear twice is the wasp.
Thinking ahead
Each part of the sequence begins
with two yellow cupcakes and ends
with a purple cupcake, and the
number of pink cupcakes in between
increases by one each time. The
yellow cupcakes at the beginning
of the sequence are at numbers
1, 5, and 10—the difference between
the numbers increases by one each
time. This means the next yellow
cupcakes starting a new sequence
will be at 16, 23, 31, 40, 50, 61, 73,
86, and 100. So the 49th cupcake
will be purple and the 100th cupcake
will be yellow.
90–91 Brainteasers
Carnival money
The three boys initially paid $10 each,
or $30. They are then given $3 back,
which means they paid a total of $27
(the $25 entrance fee plus the $2
pocketed by the sales assistant). The
$27 added to the $3 refund equals $30,
so there’s no missing money. In the
puzzle, the $2 taken by the assistant is
added to the $27 to create confusion.
The frustrated farmer
The farmer crosses first with the
chicken and leaves it on the other
side. He then returns, picks up the fox,
and crosses again. Then he swaps the
fox for the chicken so that they are not
left together, and takes the chicken
back. He then swaps the chicken for
the grain and takes the grain across,
leaving it with the fox. He then
returns, picks up the chicken, and
takes it to the other side.
Find the treat
She should choose Jar 2.
1. Lentils 4. Beans
2. Cookies 5. Pepper
3. Flour 6. Rice
Two at a time
Brother 1 and Brother 2 cross
together, taking two minutes.
Brother 1 returns, taking one minute.
The father and grandfather cross
together, taking ten minutes.
Brother 2 returns, taking two minutes,
then Brother 1 and Brother 2 cross
together, taking two minutes.
2 + 1 + 10 + 2 + 2 = 17, so they should
get to the train just in time.
The right door
The prisoner should ask each of the
guards, “If I asked the other guard
which is the door to freedom, what
would he say?” If the door to freedom
is the red one and he asked the guard
who told the truth, the guard would say
the blue door, because he would know
the other guard would lie. If he asked
the guard who always told lies, the
guard would lie and say the blue door.
Either way, the answer would be the
same—they would both reveal the door
with the lion behind it, and the prisoner
should take the other door to freedom.
Who passed the package?
Stacey started the game.
Spot the sequence
A blue, an orange, and a blue
flower complete the sequence.
Missing pieces
The four missing puzzle pieces are
J, K, G, and F.
Perfect pairs
92–93 Thinking inside the box
3 6 8 1 9 2 4 7 5
2 7 1 3 5 4 8 6 9
9 4 5 8 6 7 3 1 2
5 8 2 9 7 6 1 3 4
4 3 6 2 1 8 9 5 7
1 9 7 4 3 5 6 2 8
6 2 9 5 8 1 7 4 3
7 5 3 6 4 9 2 8 1
8 1 4 7 2 3 5 9 6
1 7 6 4 2 8 3 5 9
2 5 4 9 3 1 7 8 6
8 3 9 5 7 6 1 2 4
7 2 5 3 8 4 6 9 1
6 1 3 2 5 9 4 7 8
4 9 8 1 6 7 2 3 5
5 4 1 7 9 2 8 6 3
9 8 7 6 1 3 5 4 2
3 6 2 8 4 5 9 1 7
3 5 6 9 1 4 8 2 7
1 4 7 3 2 8 5 6 9
2 8 9 5 6 7 3 4 1
6 7 3 1 9 5 4 8 2
9 1 5 8 4 2 7 3 6
8 2 4 7 3 6 9 1 5
5 3 2 4 7 1 6 9 8
4 6 8 2 5 9 1 7 3
7 9 1 6 8 3 2 5 4
7 8
6 9
2 3
1 5
21 17
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9 5 4
9 8 2
9 8 8 1
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6 9 3 5 6
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3 5
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Tips and tricks Starter Sudoku Slightly harder
What to do
Now try this Getting tricky
A face in the crowd
187
JJ KK
G
FF
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FFive into four
1188
104–105 Thinking in 3-D
Different angles
The two matching shapes
are A and F.
Bottoms up
The color of the
face-down side in the
third picture is green.
Find the shape
Shape A shows the Shape A shows the
remaining pink section.
102–103 Seeing in 2-D
Up and down
Basket A will move up and Basket B will move down. Basket A will move up aand Basket B will move down.
Equal division
97 Think of a number 96–9
ing pyramid Puzzli The weighing game
Eleven strawberries balance one
pineapple and three bananas.
Only one chance
54 x 3 = 162
Flower power
Add the three
largest numbers
and then multiply
them with the
smallest.
Upside-down triangle Upside-down triangle ee
Four triangles
The pencils are moved
into a 3-D shape called
a tetrahedron (triangular
pyramid) with a triangle
at the base and three
triangular sides.
View from the top
The correct overhead
position is F.
Boxing clever
Box C shows the correct
pattern of fruit.
70
120
50
44 26 24
30 14 12 12
25 5 9 3 9
5
8
6 05 10 105 105
Pieces of eight
888 + 88 + 8 + 8 + 8 = 1,000
Pass or fail?
Susan receives ten points for each
of the correct questions, which gives
her 150 points. But she got five wrong
and five points are deducted for each,
making a total of 25.
150 – 25 = 125
Susan has passed the test.
Dazzling stars
7
444
Multiple fractions
The answer is 5.
Pineapple = 5 strawberries
Orange = 4 strawberries
Apple = 3 strawberries
Banana = 2 strawberries
333 222 111
FF A
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114–115 Having a word
Odd ones out
ǩ cat and cone
The resl ore bool reloled.
ǩ stapler and ruler
You conǢl use lhem lo wrile.
ǩ Moon and Sun
lll lhe resl ore plonels.
ǩ dolphin and sea horse
They ore nol birds.
ǩ run and laugh
The olhers ore nouns.
Quick comparisons
ǩ Bird is lo beok os humon
is lo moulh.
ǩ Fyes ore lo sighl os nose
is lo smell.
ǩ ín is lo oul os off is lo on.
ǩ Pen is lo ink os brush is lo poinl.
ǩ Tricycle is lo lhree os bicycle
is lo lwo.
Like and unlike
LIKE
ǩ hungry ond slorving
ǩ lired ond sleepy
ǩ scory ond spooky
ǩ silly ond foolish
UNLIKE
ǩ proise ond scorn
ǩ edge ond cenler
ǩ rolionol ond illogicol
ǩ leove ond relurn
118-119 Words aloud
Fill in the blanks
hideous, loll, bloodcurdling,
second, gripped, chonce, shock,
glimpse, surprise, ȍew
128–129 Are you a creative spark?
A dotty challenge
Male or female brain?
íf you onswered Ǥyesǥ lo lhree
or more queslions, you hove
predominonlly femole broin skills.
Femole broins lend lo be beller ol
underslonding emolions, feelings,
ond reoding body longuoge. Mole
broins generolly hove lhe
odvonloge when il comes lo
underslonding mops ond lechnicol
mollers ond nolicing deloil. 0irls
con hove mole-lype broins, ond
boys con hove femole-lype broins,
bul mosl of us hove o unique
mixlure of skills somewhere
belween lhe lwo lypes.
Body clock
0ive yourself four poinls for eoch
l, lhree for eoch B, lwo for eoch 0,
ond one for eoch D.
6—11 points YouǢre o nighl owl, who
likes lo sloy up lole, bul moke sure you
donǢl miss oul on sleep. 0elling
enough sleep is imporlonlǟif you
donǢl, you moy be grumpy ond your
schoolwork moy suffer.
12—18 points YouǢre neilher on owl,
or on eorly bird, bul hove sensible
sleeping hobils.
19—24 points YouǢre on eorly bird ond
woke up reody lo seize lhe doyǟbul lry
nol lo dislurb lhe olhers!
144–145 What makes
you tick?
monufoclurers lo help
compelilive swimmers
shove cruciol seconds
off lheir limes.
4—B The surfoce slruclure of o lolus
leof slops woler ond dirl from building
up on lhe plonl. This hos inspired o
lype of poinl lhol is self-cleoning.
5—C lfler sludying lhe woy o colǢs
eyes reȍecled lighl, Percy Show
developed his cols-eye rood reȍeclor
in 1º35. Todoy, cols-eye reȍeclors ore
used lhroughoul lhe world.
Lateral thinking
Riddle A: Romeo ond Juliel ore
goldȌsh. They died when lheir bowl
fell ond smoshed lo pieces.
Riddle B: Throw lhe boll slroighl
up inlo lhe oir.
Riddle C: The monǢs horse wos
nomed Wednesdoy.
160–161 Body talk
Figuring faces
Aǟsurprise, Bǟonger, Cǟhoppiness,
Dǟdisgusl, Eǟholred, Fǟsodness
Sham smiles
Smiles l, 0, ond F ore foke.
Body language
A—Dishonesty
People oflen Ȍdgel when lhey ore
lying, so wolch oul if someone rubs
on eye, ploys wilh lheir honds or
feel, or pulls on eor.
B—Mimicking
When people gel olong reolly well, lhey
oflen unconsciously copy eoch olherǢs
body longuoge.
C—Dominance
l reloxed ond focused poslure oflen
meons lhol lhe person feels superior
or powerful.
D—Aggression
l Ȍghl moy be on lhe cords when lwo
people foce eoch olher ond slore while
lheir bodies ore lilled slighlly owoy
from eoch olher.
E—Defensiveness
0losed poslures ore o good indicolion
of defensivenessǟlook oul for folded
legs ond orms, crossed onkles, ond
clenched honds.
F—Submission
Shy or emborrossed slonces ore
common when someone is being
submissiveǟpeople oflen look ol
lhe ground ond somelimes hide
lheir honds.
Natural talent
1—E The bullel lroinǢs unique
nose-cone design wos inspired by
lhe beok of o kingȌsher. The design
enobles lhe lroin lo go fosler, use
less energy, ond reduce noise levels.
2—D Mercedes-Benz hos developed
o concepl cor bosed on lhe ongulor
body shope of lhe lrunkȌsh. The
shope mokes lhe cor spocious bul
lighlweighl, ond il uses less fuel.
3—A Shork skin is mode up of liny
loolhlike scoles lhol ollow shorks
lo glide lhrough lhe woler. This
feolure hos been used by swimsuil
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David Hardman and Phil Chambers Illustrated by Serge Seidlitz and Andy Smith How to be a .GENIUS Written by John Woodward Consultants Dr.

right brain 14 Taking sides 16 Nerves and neurons 18 Brain waves 20 What is a genius? HOW MEMORY WORKS 60 How you think 62 What is memory? 64 Improve your memory 66 Do you remember? 68 Paying attention 70 Making associations 72 Albert Einstein COME TO YOUR SENSES 24 Brain and eyes 26 Tricky pictures 28 How you see 30 Simple illusions 32 Impossible illusions 34 How you hear 36 Sounds like? 38 Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart t 40 Taste and smell 42 Sensitive senses 44 How you feel and touch 46 Touch and tell tel 48 Tricking the mind e 50 Magic tricks 52 Sensing your body 2 54 Body illusions 56 Intuition io PROBLEM SOLVING 76 How you learn 78 Mastering mazes 80 Puzzling patterns 82 Intelligence types 84 George Washington Carver e 86 Logic 88 Illogical thinking 90 Brainteasers 92 Thinking inside the box 94 Mathematical thinking 96 Think of a number 98 The magic of math 100 Spatial awareness areness 102 Seeing in 2-D 104 Thinking in 3-D 106 Invention 108 Wernher von Braun o 4 .CONTENTS 6 Your amazing brain MEET YOUR BRAIN 10 Mapping the brain 12 Left brain.

A WAY WITH WORDS 112 Learning to speak 114 Having a word 116 Using language 118 Words aloud 120 Reading and writing 122 Jean Franςois Champollion YOUR BRAIN AND YOU 138 Sense of self 140 Personality types 142 What about you? 144 What makes you tick? 146 Mary Anning 148 The unconscious 150 Dreams 152 Emotions 154 Mahatma Gandhi 156 Fear 158 Reading emotions 160 Body talk 162 Good and bad habits 164 Winning and losing THE CREATIVE MIND 126 What is creativity? 128 Are you a creative spark? 130 Boost your creativity 132 Creative exercises 134 Leonardo da Vinci THE EVOL VING BRAIN 168 How we got our brains 170 Charles Darwin 172 How the brain grows 174 Brain surgery 176 Animal intelligence 178 Train your pet 180 Can machines think? 182 Program your friend 184 Glossary 186 Answers 190 Index 5 .

nals b ce s ig memory. Where does he like to sing? W 2. What injury makes m him cry? Fear. become a genius. The more er f your o your the s s you P l o nt n low te. he e wor get your brain cells buzzing and. Emo t How did you do? Turn to page 186 to find out. really hate? 7. This book is all about how to wh y sen ar. pera you live and dige ture. sm ld. n. lov th seem er emoti e.Do you remembe remember? Put your brain’s memory sk skills to the test. hing . even ain is It al when y always con so kee ou are active. What is the delicious smell ou that we see the boy s sniff? 10. One picture shows us inside e show his body. an B Perfect pair This puzzle tests your spatial awareness—your sense of space. and language. 3. Al red i akes d al tas wi ich t d an ell. What food does the boy really. Name three different animals that we see. ions an and o ger. Study the picture e shown inside this boy’s busy n head for 45 seconds. senses. bu our b n t emo rains to c we can u tal tions ontro se if we l want our . 6 . emotions. p t tem rolling s you a asleep . i you use it. What color is the terrifying terrifyi monster he is scared of? e 5. joy. Who is the love of his life? s lif 6. Aut actomat i You ivit c r br y The brain is the most astonishing part of your body. io are pt enses rain. Its billions of cells control everything you think and do. including n your actions. e h to s feel t d maybe. How many candles are andles there on the birthday cak cake? 8 8. then cover r it up and try to answer the ry following questions. Which two pieces on the far right will fit together to create this hexagon shape? A E C D F Check the puzzle answers on page 186. Which part do we see? rt 4. No peeking! 1. Name three sports that we ame see the boy do doing. o resp like auto ns might onse mati c me s. b r heart by bea reat stio t. the better it works. 9. the e.

ab ut y this th ou t it ou . tru re ruct Eart rth. Mo Feel lost? Life is full of puzzling problems—such as how to get to the middle of this tricky maze. Lang Yo ve o ur m so rgan brain en an you izes trig t de ra yo g ha ffici ction ur m ers a pp en s a ove nd thi ens t. t exp n do ca in is a cti Th brain conne n when n w y r e ng s so ki lway ng lvin g A human bra brain rain is the most complex ex str cture structure on Earth. On hey erien this. You c ideas an als by rea o din were writte g words th n long at ago. Mo re s me nk wit ing ho st of moo nts. It’s your a-maze-ing brain that helps you find the answers.You ems b s—ev your o s n f ea bl pro ent id part o huma r t ly e o diff are n ce. 7 . rt Memory Every event or fact that grabs your attention may be stored in your memory—an amazingly efficient library of information that never runs out of space. Your b uage ability rain gives y under to commu ou the nicate stand using comp and spe lex learn ech.

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This is what makes us intelligent. s Meninges hese Me Meninges These s layers cushion the layers cu n th br brain against shock. in w 9 and 200 CE the between 12 e he treated . wher now Turkey tors. hunger. erc wat r rcent water wate ater Brain stem Connected to the spinal cord. where they are decoded and analyzed. Thal lamus The thalam relays sensory signals mus y from your body to your cerebrum your cerebrum. the brain stem links the rest of the body to the brain and controls heartbeat and breathing. that is responsible for your thoughts and actions. the human brain has a much bigger cerebrum (shown in orange above). of gladia gory injuries Hy ypothala amus Thi is the part of your brain is tha regulates sleep. Galen ories and em hat is mem . at s and body tempe erature. n n but it is the biggest part. They e control many functions. including n growth and body development. Your rain i Your brain is 77 per t water. s Pituitary gland n mun f Perga Galen o n named Galen of reek surgeo t people This releases chemicals called e hormones into your blood. rai per percent water. aga aga B Your brain is the most complex organ in your a body—a spongy pink mass made up of billions a of microscopic nerve cells linked together in an o e electronic network. Each part has its own job. the cerebrum. AG the firs was one of an Pergamun e brain was that th to suspect it controlled gan and that lived important or otions. 10 . because s we use the cerebrum for conscious thought.Fish Bird Human Origin of genius Compared to other animals.

rain ery e. personality. muscles. U to pints litre) o Up to 2 pints (1 litre) of ts litre tre re) blood flows thr ugh your blood flows through you d ws thro rough your bra ver minute brain every minute brain every minute. e fifth of th e body’s entire quo ta of oxyg enated blood is re served for the brain. sup Cerebellum This complex folded structure helps control balance and movement. h h l li speech. Frontal lobe Vital to thought. and stores memories. It s is divided into halves. Blood ply The brain needs a c onstant su of oxygen pply to fuel its activities. espec cially from the skin. ve ins. and joints T The Th outer b ain t br T The cerebrum is heavil ly folded in order to increase the total surface area. This is de livered in the blood the body’s via circulatory system of arteries. th left s he and right hemispheres. which w is packed with brain cells. and emotion Temporal lobe Mostly concerned with the d recognition of sound n Occipit lobe Receives nerve tal signals from the eyes and s interpr rets visual information Spinal cord al cord d Cerebellum 11 . and ea consists of four lob ach bes tha have different functi at ions. o or fluid. Cor s call sum A band orpus c callo and of nerve fibers that link the erv erve fibers that link the n two sides of the cerebrum sides the cerebru reb re e Subarachnoid space b rac a sp ce This is filled with led shock-absorbing fluid.Skull Forms a protective p casing around the brain Cerebrum The biggest part of the brain controls all our conscious actions and thoughts. Parietal lobe Processes inform mation from the senses. and c apillaries Around on . analyzes sensory data.

while the e approach ore intuitiv am analytical. ski that involve organizing ideas and o expressing them in words are largely controlled by the left hemisphere. Left optic tract p Carries data from right visual field s Rational thought Thinking and reacting in a rational acting way appears to be mostly a left-brain ears leftactiv activity. but other skills and thought processes are controlled by only one half of the brain. connected by a m o halve bridge of nerve fibers. b rational a aspects of your thinking. to the opposite side of the body. writing skills age. ed may vary o most involv ctivity of tw the brain a ns show sic. but th sides of the These two . ay be more er person m oth Left visua cortex al Processes da from ata right visual field usician uses A trained misphere more. as well as y s your verbal skills. ft hem the le . It allows you to analyze a ze problem to find an answer. The sca to mu e listening right people whil using their left is one on the . each half is wired rve ns. For some functions. of s altho ough most science also involv being creative. and it is responsible for mathematical skills. Writing skills Like spoken language. ds? Two min l activities involve both 12 ows brain This scan sh areas) in activity (redmisphere. Mathematical skills them Studies show that the left side of the es b brain is much better at dealing with numbers than the right side. Sci t ientific thought Logical scientific thinking is the e ific job o the left side of the brain. indicating much more hemisphere .The cerebrum is divided into two halves. d n n. the right he is Many menta e side that brain. d el l fi ch ua ea eft vis of l d ft de the el f Le ht si ees ual fi g s s Ri eye vi LEFT EFT LEFT BRAIN SKILLS IN The left side of your brain is de responsible for the more logical. ves BRA Language e Yo Your ability to express yourself in words is usually controlled by the frontal lobe of the left ce cerebral hemisphere.

left-hande rs have no trouble us ing langua ge and log ic. music involves a lot olves of right-brain activity—but trained ained musicians also use their left brains ns s to master musical theory. intuitive and responses. painting. y. or looking at art. It is also important for spatial awareness. also s s ded wo The left b rld rain contr ols the rig hand. but it picks up data from the right ut p a side of your head—the right visual field. and ht since mos t people a right-han re ded.RIG RIGHT I RIGHT BRAIN SKI S I ILLS The right side of your brain seems to be the focus of e ou s your more creative thou u t t ughts a emotional. Art Vis sual art is related to spatial skills. s Insight h Those mom moments of insight when you connect two very different nne i ideas probably come from the ably fr right half of your brain. Each side of the —th —the fi brain processes i es im s images from the oth side of the head. an the right side of your brain is nd pr robably more active when you are dr rawing. although expressing that imagination n involves left-brain skills. s o nt Spatial skills s Optic nerve Sends visual signals to brain R L igh ey eft s t vis e s id ua vis e e ua es of l fie l fi th ea ld eld e ch rig ht BRAIN Your ability to visualize and work with three-dimensional shapes is strongly linked to th the right side of your brain. Cro os d wi ossed wires The le side of each eye is he left s o connected to the left side of your nnected brain. 13 Right- han . this s uggests that the le ft brain is usually dominant. Imaginatio agination Right optic tract Carries data from a left visual field fi Your creative imagination is mostly imag y dir directed by the right hemisphere. ry. Music c Right visual co h ortex Processes data a from left visual field Like visual art. So do left -handers use their right-brain skills more? Th ere is no p roof of this and many . her Each side also controls the muscles of the opposite hand.

too. which shows her smiling on the left side of the picture. . but you usually take a the first step of a flight of stairs s with your stronger foot. Your u preferred foot may not be on the same side as your dominant n hand—you can be left-footed and y n right-handed or vice versa. but did you know that you can also have a dominant foot and a preferred eye? In both physical and mental tasks. Best foot forward The easiest way of finding which of your feet is dominant is to kick c a soccer ball. such watc with as at yo h on o your the oth r putting u hold er br y of do ain to le arm. Eye-motion Look straight at the nose of the girl in each of these pictures. In which one do you think she looks happier? Most people find that she looks happier in the bottom image. 14 Tr oppo y doing t s switc ite hand hings wit hing h the to no rm th your fork e hand th al. Thi our arn s for ing t new ces hing more w s the t connecti and crea ays wo s ides ons betw tes of yo e ur br en ain. and it is very rare for someone to be able to use both hands or feet equally well. the left and right sides of your brain are far from equal. which is also dominant for interpreting emotions. This is because information from your left visual field gets processed in your brain’s right hemisphere.or right-handed.BRAIN GAMES T AKING SIDES Most people are either left. Try the following tests to find which side you are on on.

e. it will stay in place. ps Trick your brain This exercise reveals how your brain sometimes tricks you into taking shortcuts. one at a time. Havi Having one hand as strong as the other ving str tro rong er can give you an advantage in some ve adva age vantag sports. the right side of your brain works harder to understand the unfamiliar image and you draw the shapes and lines you actually see. hold up your index finger t to eye level and look past it into the distance. str tri rike fro from r best e. while the weaker n eye help with depth perception. whereas with your stronger eye.Eye see you To discove which is your dominant o er eye. First. you probably draw the features based on what you think they look like rather than what you see. Take a pencil in your right hand and ask a friend to time you for 15 seconds. ambidextro hitter ambidextrous hitter can switch hands extrous tt xtr tter ds to strike the ball from the bes side. to ju ump. however. est es Handy test Ambidexterity is the ability to use both hands equally well. baseb fo ex sports. You ach will see that with your weaker ey your finger will appear ye. an rt rts t eball. So if you draw a face the right way up. you are probably ambidextrous. work your way along the line. When you look at a face upside down. When you compare the two pictures. Starting top right. 15 . you may be surprised to find that the upside-down version is the most accurate. draw this upside-down picture of a face. for example. If you found that you got just as far with each hand. Then do the same on the other side with your left hand and compare the results. To see if you are ambidextrous try the exercise below. Your st tronger eye figures out the position of things. but you may surprise yourself by just how well you did with your weaker hand. In baseball. Left hand start The left side of your brain assigns simple shapes to common objects—for example. an almond shape for an eye. putting as many dots as you can in the white circles. Then close ea eye. Then turn the face the right way up and draw it again. Right hand start You will get the farthest along the line with your dominant hand.

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but others excel at many things. architect. even though such a career was not considered suitable for a woman in the 1800s. Some people just seem to be born geniuses. Declaration of Independence in 1776—was a philosopher. h i who coached and encouraged them to build on their skills. Thomas Jefferson—the main author of the U. and inventor. She fought poverty and prejudice to win two Nobel Prizes for her pioneering work on radioactivity. .Child prodigy Determination Born in Poland in 1867. as well as a politician who became president of the United States. He had a natural talent. Garry Kasparov was only 13 when he won the Russian junior chess championship in 1976. but he worked hard to make the most of it. archaeologist. They showed amazing talent from a young age. but they owe a lot of their success to their parents. Marie Curie was determined to be a scientist. and he became the youngest-ever world champion in 1985. Broad view Some geniuses do one thing extremely well. Encouragement American sisters Venus and Serena t r Williams are among the greatest of all m tennis players.S.

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ew r vi m Cleareflected fro is focused Reflected light Visible objects reflect reflect light into e o your eyes. al by the lear optic ide ac ps form rojected u he eye. of t is p This back on the down Iris Muscles in the n e iris c change the size he size of the central pupil.Eye muscle One of six muscles that rotate the eye in its socket Choroid A network of blood vessels spreads through this middle layer of the eye. suspended lens made of transpare atically change its by muscles that autom or distant objects. We are visual creatures. But how do the brain and eyes wo work together to create these images? P Pupil The opening in the iris al llows l light into the eye. Image convertor Your eye is a ball of transparent jelly lined with light-sensitive cells. th the rol Automatic cont. just like the pixels in a digital camera ra sensor. These cells respond by generating tiny electrical signals that pass down a bundle of nerve fibers to your brain. or contracting the pupil Sclera The white of the eye forms a tough outer layer. Retina The inner lining is a sheet of light-sensitive cells. tral upil Cornea The “wind “ dow” at the front of the eye partly e e focuses t image. So for most of us. The cells turn the image into an electronic code that your brain can process. . Be nt jelly. . The cells exposed to parts of the image that are light generate bigger signals than cells exposed to dark parts. This means that a lot of the information we commit to memory is in the form of visual images. u see lens to Light ing yo anyth cornea and image. Light rays enter your eye through lenses that focus an upside-down image on the cells. sight is our dominant sense. L Lens The el lastic lens c changes sha to ape fi fine-focus the image. We identify most things by sight and we think mainly in visual terms. The cornea at the 24 Dilated pupil Contracted pupil Each eye has two lenses hind this is another front forms one lens. shape to focus on close ls the light entering The colored iris contro ly dilating (widening) the eye by automatical at the centre.

you see a negative afterimage. This is because the sensory cells in your eyes can adapt to the low light level—but it takes time. For example. so the yellow and red flowers shown below appear blue and cyan. and blue. as the minutes tick by. you get dazzled because your eyes have adapted to the dark. Optic nerve Bundle of p nerve fibers linked to the sensory cells T e s he n ca hee im so ce lled t of age ry lls li is t to (ro he r ght. The s s such ign e brain re present m als they dots of th ese color illions of s. l im age an . as in this sim r colors of plified dia gram. Visual cortex The part of the brain that processes visual data Seeing Dark adaptation When you turn the light off in your room at night. They must readapt to the light. Blind spot The point where the optic nerve leaves the eye cannot detect light. w ery m e ce de h tec ile sen of t lls t c oth siti he olo er ve r. The center of the wheel will disappear when it falls on your blind spot— but your brain will fill the gap with spokes of the wheel. but they do this much more quickly. The br the dots ain to create all the oth combines the spec e trum. 25 . ght int tina visu oe Th whi al cor ese pa lectric tex ch t al ss upr ight urns th of the to the bra me nta em into in. Each color is replaced by its opposite. nsi ed ls ne gh e v So tive on a s) t. you can’t see much. Strange effects Bright lights and contrasting patterns can cause strange optical effects.The tal c con ells of imag vert the re e li sign als. This is a side effect of the way your brain processes color. Hold the book at arm’s length. Men in c The cone cells in th olor e retina re different strength s of basic spond to as red. If you turn the light back on. Slowly move the book toward you.foc ce dim ds eti se us l (co li ) ar na. and focus on the cross. s S There There re around 126 million There are aro er r round sen ry cells ea eye— sensory cells in each eye— ensory ells 120 million rods and rods six million cones. You can test this using the diagram above. cones co es es. but your brain invents information to fill the gap. you are able to see more and more you are able to see more and more. if you stare at something for a minute and then close your eyes. g color ree send to th n. close your right eye. However.

colors change. but they are all perfectly straight—use a ruler and see for yourself! Our brains interpret the lines as being wavy owing to the disjointed black-and-white lines running from top to bottom. 26 . but not if you stare at any spot for a few seconds. Our brains perceive the colors and contrasts as moving when we are not looking directly at them. This demonstrates what is called peripheral vision drift. which can also make some horizontal bands look closer than others. but the effect ends when we train our eyes on one spot.BRAIN GAMES TRICKY The optical illusions in this gallery all play tricks on what your eyes and brain think they are seeing. They stimulate the eyes in such a way that still images seem to move. and things appear where they shouldn’t. Did that move? The patterns in this picture appear to be moving. PICTURES Is it straight? The horizontal lines in this illusion appear to be wavy.

and it shows that the way we perceive colors is based on their surroundings. This illusion is known as simultaneous contrast. It might seem strange. This illusion is not fully t understood. You should see the goldfish in its new home. but it probably arises from the brain being unsure of where the circle ends when you i are not looking directly at it. and even hovers in front of it. the circle in the middle seems to move or separate from the rectangular background. dark spots seem to flash (scintillate) in the intersections between the squares. but there is actually no difference between them. Jumping goldfish Stare at the pink dot in the centre of the goldfish’s head for 15 seconds and then look at the black dot in the empty bowl. it seems to lessen the effect. but if you tilt your head to either side. This happens because an impression of the goldfish. The reason for this is yet to be explained. Seeing spots This picture is called a scintillating grid because when you look at it. 27 . is still left on the back of your eye.Ouch! If you move your eyes around this pattern. Color contrasts Which of these green crosses is lighter? Most people would say the cross on the right. called d the Ouchi illusion. called an afterimage.

while the right eye sees the flowering trees. This is the effect you ge t when you look up at a tall building and the walls seem to lean toward one another—eve n though you know they are vertical. Your brain makes an autom atic calculation based on this knowledge and turns it into a percepti on of height. Perspective 28 . Then open that eye and close the other. You might expect this to confuse your brain. But if you move your head from side to side. The left eye can eye see the palm trees behind the boat. Without it. Try closing one eye and framing a distant object with your hands. you get an impression of depth. Binocular vision Each eye sees a slightly different image of the world. Parallax If you close one eye and look at a scene without moving your head. This parallax effect is obvious if you look out of the side window of a moving car—nearby objects like these pillars zip past. A th Another way your brain judges distance is by de coding perspective. The images below show the different views of the same setting seen by each eye. but it combines the images to create a 3-D view. it looks flat like a picture. It is this mental s processing that determines how you w see the world. shape. and distance. but distant objects like the trees move hardly at all. This is because objects that are closer to your eye seem to move more than objects that are farther away. Your brain also responds to some visual effects by translating them into other types of information. and your brain translates the difference into a perception of depth. You will find that your hands are framing a different view. you could not make sense of all the shapes s and colors.SEE HOW YOU Your eyes turn visual images into an o electronic code that can be processed and stored in your brain. This enables e you to judge things like depth.

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t h e in w r than me siz nge the sa lo ct. his lines g ce. riedrich Karl F el r parall The fou ear nes app li ot vertical sts cann ienti lted. es d lin rossen was C io s an This illu by Germ overed disc Johann ysicist astroph Zöllner. Scientists disagree on an explanation. It also makes the p perfectly straight y g lines of the blue square appear to bend inward. but the dots don’t actually exist—they’re simply gaps in the lines. in fa 31 . T ng sion tretchi llu wo i ctive. Sc e ti se why we ey explain when th es tilted lin traight! ctly s are perfe A little bit dotty t Dots appear to join the crosses in this image. s lusion t ne tains spe d il n o age con e of per a secon s to be i im s r s Twosimple ive a senis createop appeahey are.Is it square? The concentric circles in this picture trick our brains into thinking that the image has depth. Th t the t om. T T a k an ott blac he dist red line t the b t a into ich the he one . Do we see dots because the brain figures out the boundaries of shapes from little bits of information? Or do we see the illusion before the brain has o processed exactly what it is we are looking at? t he s.

below. What do you see in the picture? A pretty woman admiring ou s herself in a mirror or a scary grinning skull? lf . C. Deathly beauty American illustrator Charles Allan Gilbert created this famous optical illusion. This picture shows a circuit of water that seems to flow impossibly uphill before tumbling down to start its journey all over again. If you look closely.32 The water cycle BRAIN GAMES The Dutch artist M. Escher was inspired by optical illusions. you can see that the technique used is the same as that in the Penrose triangle.

What do you see? Is there one image or two? Is the water really flowing uphill? Illusions are not always as they seem at first glance. they separate it from its background. Three round prongs m t h o at one end become a rectangular shape d g at the other. while others see two black people looking at each other on a white background. s o s - Like Penrose’s triangle. Nobody is really sure who b s y first created this illusion—it’s a puzzle t s ’ from start to finish! m t 33 . Italy. but it’s not clear which is the object in this illusion. c n e Tricky triangle c This illusion was created by mathematician r t Roger Penrose.ILLUSIONS Face-to-face? When the eyes and brain focus on an object. this object cannot e o e t be created in 3-D. Some people see a white vase on a black background. yet it’s impossible r v s to fit them together. Two or three? w e Crazy cube r y u You can see this shape in two ways—as u h a n — a small cube sitting on the inside of g h a bigger cube or as a single large cube g r u with a small cube-size chunk missing m s h n from its bottom corner. The brain can flip between two options as it tries to make sense of the impossible. and they meet at e right angles to one another. MPOSSIBLE Look at these pictures and objects. You see two different d w e perspectives at once. All three straight beams of s h m the triangle appear in front and behind one a n d another at the same time. This design first m e appeared in a floor mosaic found in the p d ancient Roman ruins of Pompeii. It would be n e impossible for this object to exist in 3-D.

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r. the lower the pitch. dif eaving one empty. How good is your sense of hearing? Throughout your life. it m makes a low-pitched ound. and uncooked pasta. the higher the pitch. If you add a little so quid and then blow. er. ep Ste 1 ll Fil each bottle with a d different material—the uncooked rice. 37 . Step 2 Step 2 s Ask your volunteers to close their eyes and pick the bottles out. while the fullest bottle has the lowest pitch. dried beans. the vibration is slower and the pitch lower. The greater the amount of water. water. Can they identify what is inside the bottles by shaking them? If you tap the sides of the same bottles. the liq ch pitc is higher—the more liquid liquid. it is the glass and water that are vibrating to create the sound..and lowpitched sounds when you do this activity. your brain stores information it encounters. enabling you to identify the sounds you come across. Noisy bottles high. When the bottle is empty. If le you blow across the top of the empty bottle. There is less air when the bottle is half full. Yo You cannot hear any sounds in hea ear ds space Th space. with higher pitch. e one by one. so the air vibrates faster.Can you hear something? From whispering voices to a phone ringing. But when you tap the bottle. yours ears pick up all sorts of sounds. you get the opposite effect: the empty bottle has the highest pitch. Try the following activities and find out how much information we process through our ears. Then wrap them in paper before placing t them in the bag. What was that? You will need: Test your hearing ability by identifying these challenging sounds. such as air or water rough. Let the participants hear each shaken bottle once. This is bec e because sound ecause need med needs a medium to travel eds ds edium tr vel tra rav thro through. You will need: glass bottles ep Ste 1 Fill each bottle with a fferent amount of water.

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and even ven v people.Cerebral cortex Analyzes and relates smells and tastes Olf factory bulb Ga athers scent signals and passes them to the brain Your senses of taste and smell are closely connected. Th lled ere are around 10. Infections such as colds and the flu can make you temporarily lose your sense of smell— l and then you find that you cannot taste much either. and they both help you enjoy your food. SALTY SOUR R Tongue SWEET BITTER T 40 Nerve fibers Gather data from taste buds UMANI . and this is because your sense of smell also plays an important role in “tasting” your food. But your sense r e of smell is vital in other ways. Nerve fiber Taste bud Taste hair Olfactory receptors Detect scent molecules molecules molecules in the air Taste receptor cell Nasal chamber Simple tastes Your taste buds can distinguish between only five taste sensations: salty. This combination is too limited to account for all the different li tastes that you experience.000 of thes each containi e. sour. Whe you eat. Most of the re Taste pore ceptor cells th at detect tast concentrated e are on the tongue in clusters ca taste buds. ng 50 to 100 ba nana-shaped cells with tiny “taste hairs” at the top. It alerts you to danger and helps you recognize familiar places. The ce react to chem lls icals in the fo od by sending nerve impuls es to the brai n. things. bitter. and umani (savory). saliva n and dissolved food seep into each taste bu d through a tin y pore. l especially smells that you memorized long ago. Your brain reacts surprisingly strongly to smell. sweet.

m but it is much more refined th you sense of taste. not so obviously. 41 .Scent signals i The human sense of smell is poor compared to that of many animals. diet. for example. They include the makers of perfumes and. Scent molecules are carried in s the air.. he d We have We all have our v own unique smell smel ell identity. may “taste” the teas. They use th refined sense of smell y heir to decide which combinations have w the best fla avor. diet. The limbic sys the top of the brain an important role in t plays area of the brain tha explains why scents y ry and emotion. wine tasters and tea blenders. This is Th determ ed fact determined by factors eter rmined factors tors such as genes. em me ories Scent inf takes but this alyzed consciously. genes. Nerve fibers fr fi rom these cells pass through the skull to the olfactor bulb. where more nerve cells ry transfer th coded scent signals to the brain. t of the brain to be an ve reaction. and when yo breat in. enabling you than ur t to detect thousands of scents. The blenders of fine teas. instincti a lot longer than the Thalamus Receives taste signals from the medulla a and sends them to the cortex Medulla Receives taste signals and relays them a to the thalamus Brain stem n Professional senses Some people earn a living by their noses. but their m taste buds can barely identify them. they are detected by two ou the patches of recep ptor cell located high up in your nasal ls cavity. type e action ti Inst nctive re the limbic system at is part of actory bulb The olf tem is an stem. es et s t and skin type. This m memo en dormant l emotions and awak ge x an ca trigg r powerfu o passes to the corte ormation als s.

Step 2 Repeat Step 1 with the second volunteer.BRAIN GAMES SENSES ENSES Unlike the other senses. Record the responses. So if s your nose is blocked because e you have a cold. often re h th nose. Then ask your friend f i d to taste and id if the d identify h flavors. e. smell and taste function by detecting chemical substances. When they have set. Record the results. rinsing his or her mouth out with water in between tastes.. it is harder to r recognize food flavors. a food often tastes bland. and there are people who have an extra-sensitive sense of smell and taste. for example. Try these activities and find out more about your senses of smell and taste. In th weightles the wei tles weightless eig ess environmen enviro ent environment of space. making sure he or she does not see the Jell-O beforehand. Our sense of smell enables us to distinguish up to 10. place them on a plate. Seeing is believing! You will need: How good are you at identifying what you Jell-O are eating? SENSITIVE SEN Step 1 Ask the first volunteer to sample o the food.000 different scents. had a better sense of taste? a When you can’t smell what e you are eating. fo aro as don’t food aromas do romas often rea the e. food flavors. Step 2 Put a blindfold on the first person. a 42 . but this time ask your friend to hold his or her nose closed. Who . ft fte reach ten each t so astronauts miss astronauts iss astro ts mis tr r out on a lot of fo flavors. Step 1 Ask an adult to help you make the Jell-O. vors rs s A blocked nose You will need: Can a blocked nose affect your with varying degrees sense of taste? of taste and flavor Follow the steps below and find out.

The second person can taste the food as normal. Step 2 Ask the two subjects to taste the dry food and then record their responses as to how t h much fl h flavor th they can taste. Step 2 and ask him or her to identify which two items smell the same. Step 1 Step 3 Ask the second person to identify the flavors. Record his or her answers. You will need: three items with strong smells such as a banana. and this helps identify their flavors. coffee grounds. 43 3 . Pat the tongue of one of your volunteers dry with the paper towel so that no part of the tongue’s top side has saliva on it. cakes. or soap T The chemical factor You will need: Find out if saliva helps you when it comes to such as cookies.S Smell Try this test and find out how good your sense of smell is. How good was your friend’s sense of smell? Our sense of smell is much more sensitive than our sense of taste—around 10. Chemicals from food can reach your taste buds only if they have been dissolved in saliva. an adult may have ve only 5.000. A child has around aro round 10. Step 4 Compare the differences between the two experiments. This volunteer should not be blindfolded. Did the blindfolded person make any mistakes or take longer in identifying the flavors? We are used to seeing foods in certain colors. while buds wh ds. put two samples of it in two different bowls.000 taste buds. or crackers Step 1 For each item. Mix the bowls around. s. too. It alerts us to danger by detecting poisonous odors and we can even identify whether food is ripe or rotten by p y smell alone.000 times more sensitive. tasting food. flowers.

o Merkel’s disk l Responds to light touch and pressure e Ther There re aro There are around re round 18 million skin sensors rs alto ether constantly altogether. as it does for all sensory information except smell. while others are nerve fibers that end in tiny disks or capsules that psules p detect different types of pressure. pain. giving you the uch that a llows you to feel tex tures and . By contra st. The thalamus passes them on to the somatic s sensory cortex. temperature p change. r 44 Hair root sensors i Detect hair movement contro Some part l s of your s kin are m more sen uch sitive than others. oget r. It does this by using millions of sensory receptor o cells that detect different types of stimuli—from m the most delicate tap to the sharp shock of pain. which is located in the brain. and temperature m Thalamus Sensitive skin e Human skin has at least six types of t sensory receptors. and physical damage. you can ce rtainly fee l it. but th sensation e is not very precise. stretching. n H Free nerve endings Sense touch. in the ca of blind pe se ople. The thalamus acts as a relay station. Some are branched r nerve endings. bra rain. constantly tog er. pressure. If somethin g touches your leg. Signal network Sensory signals from the skin are sent through y the bran nching nerves of the peripheral nervous system to the spinal cord and then to the thalamus. to re ad Braille . your fin gertips are highly sen sit sense of to ive. t sending information information form to the brain. but it also provides you o with vital information about your environment. including acting as a protective e barrier against infection. It has a many functions.Your skin is the largest organ in your body. Some g nerve endings are wrapped around the o roots of hairs and sense their response to touch and air movement. vibration. Finger tip .

There are two types of pain respons One is ses. k Habituation Dermis Contains s blood vessels. short and sharp to make you jerk your u hand away from a candle flame in a reflex action. and nerve endings Meissner’s corpu uscle A touch receptor found in sensitive e areas of skin Although your brain reacts strongly to new sensory information from your skin. your back. it adapts to some constant or repetitive messages to make them less distracting. It looks strange because the size of each body part is related to the number m of touch sensors that it has rather t than its physical size. Your hands are n shown much bigger than your feet because they are much more sensitive. Pacinian corp puscle Sensitive to pressure and vibrations Feeling pain g Nerve endings throughout your skin t register pain by reacting to chemicals c called prostaglandins and histam mines that are released from damaged ce ells. glands. ble 45 . but others don’t. but within seconds this wears off to leave just a low-key awareness. Hair shaft Proje ects above skin surf face and reacts to to ouch and air moveme ent Epidermis Outer layer of skin Th leas en tiv The lea t sensitive The least sensitive lea east e ve part of your body art art of your body rt our ody is the middle of is the middle of iddle your ack. This effect happens with all the senses but is most easily tested using touch. This is because some skin sensors soon stop sending signals.Sensory map This odd-looking figure shows how your brain reacts to touch on various parts of your body. you get an instant sensation. giving more persistent pain and warning us of possib long-term harm. The other is slower and starts after d the reflex. If you put a pencil in the palm of your hand. for example.

rock. and how big it is. spoon. 46 . as a cup. er This i because you are reducing the is am mount of tactile information o being sent to your brain. ball. and feather d Step 1 your friend to put o his or her hands inside the box and try x to identify the objects e c c c r r r r t re to v v v have more tou We have more touch re Artist at work! You will need: Can you judge the size. r r r e r e r e p rs e p rs e p t o rs i Step 3 ou ou ou ou ou ou ou ou ou ou n o ur e y y y y y y er y her y her y her e n y her e n ywher el n ywhere el n ywhere else on the body n anywhere else on the body. pinecone.BRAIN GAMES Grab bag of touch in helping you identify objects? You will need: TOUCH AND TELL Step 2 to put socks or rubber o gloves on his or her hands and touch the ch hange the success rate? By covering your hands. apple. r r r r r r r r an r an r an r an r an r an r an r an r an r an r han n rs n rs n rs n rs n rs n rs n rs n rs t fin rs fin rs fin rs fin rs fin rs fin rs fin rs fin rs fin rs fin rs fin rs fingers Step 1 Have your friend place a hand inside the box Step 2 With eyes closed. ask your friend to feel the object and then sketch We have different types of receptors under our skin. too. its shape.. her to describe the texture of the object.. apple. These enable us to find out a lot about an object just by touch alone—whether an object is soft or hard. and shape of an object by as a feather.. texture. it is t harde to tell what you are touching. touch alone? Try this activity and find out. sponge.

5 in (1 cm) ap part. so it feels as if the points of the paper clip are together—or you might feel only one point. Could you feel both the points of the paper clip on your forearm? Some animals have different ways of feeling. You will need: S Step 1 bend it so that the tips are around 0. while the finger placed in hot water perceives it as cool. use t heir w hiske rs. Ask an adult to check the temperature with a thermometer. they are comparing it to the previous temperatures. t t t Instead. Step 2 them in the cup of warm water. Hot or cold? Follow the steps of this experiment and see how your thermal receptors detect changes in temperature. This is because the receptors are not detecting th d t ti the water temperature. You will need: The finger that has been placed in cold water perceives the water as warm. for examp le. Cats. 104–122 °F (40–50 °C). Your forearm is not as m sensitive as your fingers.Sensitive touch e how some parts of your than others. Step 1 Fill each of the cups w the with Place a finger from yo left our e hand in the cold water and a d finger from your right hand in t immersed in the wate for er r around a minute. Does your body detect any changes in temperature? 47 . y Step 2 the paper clip from the tip of your index forearm.

But most of based on m magic is us recognize that ery. Illusion A magician tosses a ball in the air twice while following it with his eyes. So wa tch out! 48 Crimin a . l tric We assoc ks iate mag ic tricks artists. The brain compensates by inventing some data to fill the gap—sometimes it’s incorrect.e? Real or fak something that “magical” is ything An e laws of nature. Some or reading someo ve in magic. This illusion works because there is a slight delay in visual data reaching your brain. you someone her partn r attention in the s er steals your mon treet and his or ey. But he fakes a third toss. If yo trick is d ckets u can’t s one whe ee how a n you are you certa watching inly won’t am recogniz distracts e it when agician. b with perfo ut confid rmance ence tric use simil ksters an ar techniq d pickpo ues. the ball appears to vanish. and to you. even some sort of trick how it’s if we can’t see done—and that is part of the fun. Som as they may belie are ch as voodoo religious cults su agic. moving his eyes as if watching the ball. just people really belie e ve in ghosts. seems to break th things disappear such as making ne’s mind.

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remove the first one. However. Magicians distract their audiences to take attention away from what is really going on. you are doing exactly what you need to do in order for the Queen of Diamonds to be picked. Write down the name of the card on a piece of paper and put it in an envelope. S Step 4 A Ask your friend to turn over the r remaining card and then open the envelope to reveal how your a amazing prediction came true. Step 2 your friend to deal out the top six cards into two rows of three.BRAIN GAMES force l need: card You wil The u trick Can yo ne into someo a picking ard cc specifi ke their but ma appear n decisio om? rand Step 1 Secretly place the Queen of Diamonds so that it is the third card from the top in the deck of cards. Try these tricks to find out if you. If the first two cards are chosen. Step 3 Ask your friend to point to two cards. Then ask your friend to choose another card—whichever one is chosen. If the first and third cards are chosen. remove them and go to Step 4. 50 . too. remove the middle one. and we can easily miss a trick if our brains are concentrating on something else. If you perform in a confident manner. In fact. Watch to see where the Queen of Diamonds lands. Ask your friend to point to a row and confidently take away the row that doesn’t have the Queen of Diamonds. our senses can be fooled. We rely on our senses to tell us about our surroundings. make sure you remove the one that isn’t the Queen of Diamonds. can fool the senses. If the second and third cards are chosen. your friend will be convinced that you are doing what he or she has asked you to do.

Step 1 Place the coin on the table and the cup over the coin. Because you have directed all the attention to the coin. Step 1 In front of your friend.The magic coin You will need: You need quick actions and plenty of practice to make this trick work. Step 2 Wrap the paper tightly around the cup so that you can see the shape of the cup underneath the paper. 51 . near . Ask your friend to say which hand the coin is under. works perfect Step 4 Place the paper (which is still in the shape of the cup) back over the coin. flicking the coin from under the left hand to under the right hand. Step 3 Lift up the cup and the paper to show that the coin is still there. I’ve made the wrong thing disappear!” Only you know that you made the right object vanish after all. your friend is tricked into thinking that it is still under your left hand. the thumb. Tell your friend you will make the coin disappear. Say. move the paper and cup over the edge of the table and drop the cup out of the paper into your lap. not the cup. While you and your friend are still looking at the coin. Step 3 Step 2 Quickly turn over both hands. Then smash your hand down on the paper to show that the cup has vanished. Because the coin was not seen to move. your friend’s brain isn’t focusing on what is really happening. place the coin in the p palm of y your left hand. Lift your hands to reveal the answer! he cup? : Where’s t You will need you make Can nish? something va try You’ll need to times this a few k before the tric ly. “Oops.

They are like an awareness of your body. you could not stand upright. for example. an vem the mo Semicircular canals s Filled with fluid that moves when your body moves Ampulla Contains sensors that detect body movement Macula Has sensors that detect whether you are upright Internal organs We are not usually aware of our internal organs. ll l Some are vague feelings that mark the e passage of food. containing sensors that detect the movement of fluid in the loop—which depends on your body’s movement. and touch. Your brain uses these signals to correct your balance. Each tube ends in a bulge. Similar receptors called maculae detect how upright you are. 52 . Digestive problems can cause pain. This ars s e motion our eyes and se if y flicting rizon wor con ur brain ching the ho f give yo . but hunger pangs are more e useful. smell. Without your sense of balance. But we also feel things that do not seem related to a particular sense. and other organs may also hurt if they are damage or diseased.Balance Your inner ear contains three bony tubes that form loops called semicircular canals. A disorder releases ed chemica that are detected by nerve endings als and relayed to the brain as pain. but that doesn’t make them unimportant. or ampulla. Most of these sensations affect your unconscious mind. We normally think that we have five senses: sight. hearing. but b we all get sensations from our stomachs. Wat sense o ion format brain to make in help. s the d may enable ent. Vestibular nerve Delivers balance sensor data to your brain nce si our bala otionstimulation of yg like a M s cknes Intense methin s by so n cause sensor aster ride ca e o is mad roller-c ickness. taste.

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Exactly copy your o movements with your other hand n on your own nose. Then ask him or her to resist you as you press down on his or her wrist with two fingers— your friend will be able to resist the force you are exerting on his or h arm. When the sensations s from touching your friend’s n nose interfere with the h messages from touching n y your own nose.54 BRAIN GAMES BODY ILLUSIONS Th Ari totl The Aristotle illusion is one of ristotle t the oldest known body illusions. Try the following experiments and witness for yourself the mysterious brain at work. her Step 2 Now ask your fr riend to put one foot on a low step (or a pile of books or magazines) and repeat the test.y r brain begins to think your o nose has grown to where your friend’s nose is! Sometimes your brain has a mind of its own.. Step 1 Blindfold yourself and then r stand behind a friend. d With one hand. Hard to resist This test demonstrates one of the many ways the brain defends the body from possible harm—only in this case. It can stop you from doing something that you want to do or make you feel things that are not actually there. like t touch ro object bject ct ct. Here’s oldes est es wn Here er ere r how it works: cross your fingers work cro works cr ks: ross fingers er ers r and touch a small round object. reach around to tap and rub your friend’s nose. there is no harm at all. s That’s one long nose! g . a pea and it will feel like you are pea. wi feel fee eel re t touching wo pea touching two peas! eas! Pinocchio nose Ever wondered what it would be like to have a nose as long as Pinocchio’s? Try this and find out. After a short time. Step 1 Step 2 Ask a friend to stretch an arm out straight. your . Your brain uses your u sense of touch to figure out where your nose is. ea. you u should start to o feel that your friend’s nose is yours.

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INTUITION We often believe things without having any idea why. What’s up? There’s something wrong! The house doesn’t feel right at all! Telepathy Apparent telepathy is probably caused by a combination of sensory awareness and shared experience. Sixth sense Have you ever felt that something was wrong without understanding how you knew it? This “sixth sense” effect can be quite creepy. You might get a feeling that you are being followed. 56 . We call this intuition. or sometimes a “sixth sense. But psychological tests show that this is not true. but it is probably created by your brain picking up some clue from your other senses and alerting your alarm response without giving you the full picture. telepathy. i t iti especially among friends.” These intuitive perceptions are probably the result of rapid unconscious mental processes— using either information gathered by your senses or data stored deep in your memory. It is simply that women like to t appear more intuitive. a Female and male Women are usually thought to be more intuitive than men. and men score just as well. or arrive at an inspired solution to a problem. Twins often seem telepathic because they share the same history and thought patterns.

But th intuition rather likely king” is more “inspired thin udy lt of intense st to be the resu enables . so the main elements of the problem come into sharper focus. This is probably because irrelevant details get forgotten. r German chemist August Kekulé was G t trying to figure out the structure of a benzene molecule. this gave him the clue that the e molecule was a ring of carbon o and hydrogen ato oms. Whil dozing in le fro t of th fi h d ont f the fire. which us e. which and experience ize particular ayer to recogn the pl eces of the chess pi arrangements matically This auto on the board. Benzene molecule structure 57 .thinking Inspired player may seem expert chess Wait a minute! It smells like someone has been baking a cake. Woof! Dream wor rk Occasionally people may e even dream the solut tion to a problem. but there’s definitely something going on! Surprise! Out of the blue Sometimes someone grappling with a problem finds that the solution seems to come “out of the blue” after working on something else for a while. be the right on to What? A balloon? I thought I was imagining it. In the winter of 1861. he dreamed of a snake ed f k biting its tail. the next a memory of triggers lly turns out ua move. According to Kekulé. Why would they be doing that? An g ght move usin to make the ri this an logic. The person may also come across new information that makes everything slot into place.

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perhaps because you are th thinking about something else. so s. The information that we tte gather in this way is stored in our memories and is s the basis of conscious thought. u Peo wh Pe People who go blind eople nd d oft often continue to ften ft “see” things because ” bec ecause the bra is wire brain wired rain red ed to pro es vi process visual roces ess information. your brain filters out n irrelevant information and focuses on the cu important data. If you don’t ensory pay attention. bef before being erased if you do not pay attention to it. form . information. p ention. entio Attention is the vital first stage in the mental age processing of any sensory input. a flicker of movement f in this pool catches your attention and you hes o instinctively focus on the swimming animal. Most our brains filter and sort it. nstinctively foc ga HOW YOU Our senses are constantly receiving information eiving about the world around us. leaving only the data that ort requires our close attention. Visual data is ai held there for less than a second. THINK NK Filter and focus fo ocus Having paid attention. This is often an u unconscious process—for example.60 Attention The data gathered by your senses passes s into your sensory memory. Mo is irrelevant. the information simply goes out of your head.

Labeling NAME: Western diamondback rattlesnake LATIN NAME: Crotalus atrox HABITAT: Terrestrial When your brain registers sensory data as important. So once you realize that this is a snake. the animal’s th head looks familiar. influencing background. et go Conscious thought is only a fraction thoug ught fract fract r ction of what is going on inside your brain— wh bra rain— unco unconscious thought is constantly going conscious thoug ught co constantl tly on in the background. some snakes are venomous. These are called stereotypes. grou People are scared of snakes because they think ople ar all snakes conform to a venomous stereotype. influen kgro d. beh vior. so you mentally fill in the rest of ental its body as that of a snake. ehavi r. showing that the stereotype is often wrong. s social groups. After all. it instantly labels it as a particular type abels pa of experience or problem. This happens before you get a good view of it. from animals to people and things f ngs.Joining the dots Often you see only part of the picture and have to fill in t fil the rest using data stored in your memory. In fact. because your brain is programmed to make sense of sketchy information that might be o important to your safety. k encing your behavior. In this case. leading to social problems such as racial prejudice. The brain’s habit of creating stereotypes can be destructive. You label it. y you don’t go through a mental checklist to al assure yourself that you are right. which m might be dangerous. VENOMOUS NAME: Grass snake LATIN NAME: Natrix natrix HABITAT: Semiaquatic Ste Stereotypes NOT VENOMOUS NAME: Jungle carpet python Ju LATIN NAME: Morelia spilota M cheynei HABITAT: Rainforest TAT Labeling leads us to create mental models of cre all kinds of things. and take a step back. NOT VENOMOUS 61 . This helps it devise a erience pro rap rapid response without getting bogged down in detail. this is a harmless grass snake. A few clues are often enough.

Ignored Any information in the sensory memory that you ignore is thrown out right away. Memory web The signals continue to fire until a web of nerve cells is formed. e short term. Sensory memory r This part of memory holds a lot of information n for a few seconds at most. Vivid m P Permanent b bond 62 Links form The more the linked cells are stimulated. ti they pass into your short-term memory. learn. the stronger it gets. and be creative. The more often the network is activated. and skills p are stored in your memory. erm mem why you o ories. . This represents a single memory.Your brain processes your experiences r and all the information gathered by your senses. Input All the data from your senses enters your sensory memory store. emorie When you s are feelin g very em changes in otiona your brain boost nerv l. the stronger the bond becomes. creating a long-term memory. Memory stores Memory stores Your memory is divided into e three sections—sensory. it fires an electrical signal onto a neighboring nerve cell. This ften have is unusually clear reca ll of events that you experi enced in a state of hig h emotion . All the l rest is th hrown out. gthen the memory-f creating vi orming pro vid long-t cess. This enables you to think. facts. but the important perceptions. and long term. chemical They stren e activity. Memories are formed by electrical signals making connections b t i l ki ti between nerve cells so that they form a network. r Only the most important e information makes it into t the final section. h t Stimulus Nerve cell Attention If you pay attention to any items of i f it f information. Most of this data is discarded. E Electrical signal WHA IS T Making memories Making connections t When a nerve cell ll receives a stong enough stimulus.

ree. L Long-term m memory A Any informat tion that enters your long-term m memory is c carefully file away so that you ed can easily recall it. Very Very fe peo Very few peopl Very few people eop ople can remember can remember emember em anything fro anything from anything from fro rom bef r befor t ag before the age before the age efo efor f fo of ree of three. 63 . Amygdala Unconscious and emotional memories Hippocampus c Spatial memories l Temporal lobe Learned facts and details Where do we remem mber? The Th cortex and hippocam d hi mpus are the main areas e of the brain responsible for mem mory. But if you had to describe d her. but different parts of the brain store different types of memories. without any prompting from your conscious mind. it is los after around st 20 seco onds. Sounds and sights can nd also cause this. you would pro obably find it a lot har rder. you should re ecognize h her. Use it or lose it o If you don’t think d about the data in t short-t term memory. Involuntary recall Have you ever found yourself smelling something and suddenly remembering a certain time or place very strongly? This sensation is called involuntary recall. Now look for her in the photo on the o right. because your brain has retrieved the memory by itself. Even though you’ve g gh seen her for a ver short ry time. h hi has limited and information is soon n lost if you don’t think s about it enough to pass b it on to long-term memory. perhaps p because the part of your brain r that processes scent is closely sely s linked to your memory.Prefrontal cortex Short-term memories Putamen m Learned skills and procedures r Cortex Memories of personal and life events Recognition and recall e It is much easier to recognize a memory you are y looking for than to recall it. e Sh hort-term memory This h li i d space. Look at the picture of the girl below for five seconds and then cover h her up. but smells are especially powerful.

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6 Remember your sun hat . g 8 Get a haircut .Wall Imagine your dog running along the wall.Trip method One way to memorize a list is to visualize a trip that you often take. 7 Buy dog food .Tree The leaves of the tree are pages from a book.Bridge SCH OOL There’s a tube of toothpaste floating under the bridge. 5 Hang your laundry .Sunflower o A flower is wearing s your sunglasses. our 3 Sign 3. 1 . Remember to buy dog food. This is a vacation to-do list. 3 Mail a letter . 2. 5. and you need to get one.Flags The flying flags have become socks. Remember to take your hat on vacation with you. 6 . 2 Pack your sunglasses . Find a good book to read on vacation. l 4. You need to buy toothpaste.Scarecrow The scarecrow has your sun hat on its head. too! 7 . 65 . Link each landmark on the trip with an item on your list—the stranger the result. the easier it is to remember! Then go through the trip in your head to remember the items. 8.Sign Si The sign has turned into an envelope re eminding you to mail a letter. 4 Buy some toothpaste . and here is how to picture each of the items with a landmark on a walk to school: 1 Find a book to read .Bush The bush is getting a haircut. l Remember to pack e t them in yo bag. You need to hang your laundry.

66 . Recall is finding information in your memory when you need it. Cover up the line and then try to repeat the numbers.BRAIN GAMES Memory span Your short-term memory can store a certain amount of information for a limited time. REMEMBER? DO YOU Visual memory How good is your memory for visual images? Study these 16 pictures for 45 seconds. How well did you do? You’ve done well if you have remembered more than half the objects. They also show the two different ways we remember—recall and recognition. 438 7209 18546 907513 2146307 50918243 480759162 1728406395 These games test your capacity for storing numbers. and visual information in your memory. Work your way down the list until you can’t remember them all. Recognition is knowing something when you see it. so good job if you could remember more. read out loud each line of numbers. More than 12 is an excellent result. Step 1 Starting at the top. This game reveals your brain’s ability to remember numbers and words. words. Then close the book and write down as many as you can. Most people can hold only seven numbers at a time in their short-term memory. You may be surprised at your own abilities. one at a time.

leg. This is because having a list of possible answers gives your brain a shortcut to finding the information stored in your memory. grass. does it look like a kite? Again. hair. For example. table Spider. spoon. Most people are better at remembering words than numbers. apple. Cover up the line and try to repeat the words. If you can repeat a string of eight words you have done very well. clock Pond. Then cover up the picture and try to draw it from memory. net. box. tree. When you think you’ve finished. 67 . orange Recognition vs. plate. milk. chair. Step 1 Look at the picture right and closely study it for two minutes. arm. bell. plum. Continue down the list until your memory fails. Fork. star. Step 2 Now do the same with this picture. rope. worm. racket. moon. bowl. ball. recall This game clearly shows you the difference between recognizing and recalling information. but this time look for familiar shapes or patterns. bird. fish. flower. stone Drum. nose Bread. COUNTRIES Israel France India Russia Czech Republic Germany Afghanistan Canada Denmark Argentina CAPITALS New Delhi Ottowa Berlin Prague Copenhagen Jerusalem Buenos Aires Kabul Paris Moscow An artistic eye Do you have a good memory for remembering visual detail? Try this test and see. You probably did better in the second test than the first because associating the lines with familiar shapes makes them easier to remember. ear. Spain Ireland China Sweden Iraq Netherlands s Japan Italy Egypt Greece Most people get a better score f recognition th for iti than recall. dog Pencil. glass. book. but this time you need to try to recall their capital cities in 30 seconds.Bed. foot. toe. Step 1 First test your recognition skills. compare your drawing to the picture and give yourself a point for every line you got right. rug Step 2 Now read out these words. cookie. Below are ten countries and ten capital cities. after two minutes cover up the picture and try to draw it. Step 2 Here are another ten countries. Check your answers again and then compare your two scores. head. plate. left. pole Eye. bike. You may find it helpful to draw it. Figure out your score again and compare it with the previous one. scissors. In 30 seconds. banana. one line at a time. lamp. see how many you can match up and then turn to page 186 to check your answers.

a white chocolate cake. How had he gotten out? A big. Remember. u got them all 186 to see if yo At last the backyard looked perfect. s but he leaped away. and very smelly dog raced up and proudly dropped a dead fish at her h feet. Suddenly. They thought they were just going to the movies.BRAIN GAMES P YING A A TTENTION Do you have a good memory for detail? These games will put your short-term memory to work. Jenny began to feel excited. none of the information will go into your memory unless you really focus your attention on the exercise. but only once. wet. d 68 . Chester! She had locked him in the kitchen. Between two tables he ables a shook his fur. a whole salmon. Jenny knew where that had come ome o from—the Johnsons’ pond next door. splattering them both with h mud and grass. re ad this story through carefu lly. Jenny admired the orange lanterns hanging from the trees as they glowed in the fading light and the pretty tables dotted around the yard. Turn to page between them . and a tall pyramid of strawberries. She o groaned and tried to grab Chester’s collar. Then he spotted—or o probably smelled—the food table and raced up to it. Paws on the table. Important details How well do yo u focus on details when you read? To find out. e differenc Spot the ok for detail? Lo ow is your eye H e ictures and se at these two p nces t ten differe if you can spo . decorated with candles and pink roses. he took e a bite of the salmon as a hundred strawberries tumbled to the ground. first testing how well you remember the detail of a story and then how sharp your eye and brain are at spotting visual differences. then se e if you can answer the qu estions below . muddy. she heard a familiar noise that filled her with alarm—a dog panting. Her parents had no idea about the party. There was a table laden with champagne.

But which one is Freddy? Turn to page ? 186 to fi out if you find are righ ht. h gone has missing A reward g. A good w ay to help remembe r detail is to pi cture what’s happen ing in the stor y in your head. rm memory your short-te Step 1 Study the 14 objects on the tray for 30 seconds. If you got five right you’ve done w ell. Step 2 Now look at the tray below. has bee offered for en his retu and the urn. Did you get them all? Questions 1 2 3 4 5 6 What time of day is it? How were the tables decorated? What flav or was the cake? Who was th e party for? Where did Jenny thin k Chester wa s? What is th e last na me of Jenny’ s neighbor s? Look back at the story to ch eck your answers. and then cover the picture. above right. ead. Five items have been removed—but which ones? Uncover the picture above and see if you were right. A B C D 69 . four tor rtoises below have be handed een in. ? Who’s who e you at How good ar ifferences in spotting tiny d solving this patterns? Try e. a much-loved pet tortoise. problem and se Freddy.ssing? What’s mi kly veals how quic This game re om n disappear fr information ca .

Nu e technique for example his is how th lists. Or invent your own number pictures and learn them. and a stamp with the picture of a doughnut on it. card wi rds ds eig errors. 8371 MAKING ASSOCIA IONS A T After j After just one sighting. organize words into groups. or res can als an importa works. a worm drinking milk. numbers w phone num Associating remember dlock easier to sed on a pa can make it a number u o help you nt date. Imagine you need to buy six eggs. the better. The following exercises show you how to make associations that match numbers to pictures. three cartons of milk. Visualize the objects on the list with the number pictures—a rabbit eating an egg. Bri ritish mem ry maestro memory maestro Dominic O’Brien emory estr es ro O’Brien rien rec re ed seq ence recalled a sequence of 2. Then cover up the number and try to write it down. British fter ft r sig ighting. or link a person with an image so that you never forget a name. for example. ei ight errors rr rr . 0 = mouth 1 1= crocodile 2 = swan 3 = worm 4 = arm 5 = face 6 = rabbit 7 = giraffe 8 = doughnuts 9 = snail Step 2 Now study this number for 30 seconds and try to “see” it in pictures.808 shuffled ecalled equen shuffled ffled ffl playing cards with only eight errors. two bananas. because it’s more it s likely to stick in your mind. a swan with a banana in its beak. Making links between objects— called association—is a useful way to remember things that you might otherwise forget. The crazier the picture.70 BRAIN GAMES s tures and pic ped picture umbers similar-sha N ith bers. T remember Step 1 Study the number pictures we’ve created below and try to memorize them. and eight stamps. mber pictu . Did you find it easy to remember using associations? Step 3 You can also use number pictures to help you with lists.

Can you ow remember who’s who with th help of h he your associations? Th bra The brain has a rain bui in built-in ability to built-in ability to i recogniz recog ize faces. This time. For example.Forming a group If you have a long list of words to remember. After 30 seconds. Was that easier? Step 2 Names to faces Step 1 Pin Mountain Tree Eyelash Banana Ship Castle Mouse Book Airplane Mary Step 1 Look at the people above and make up your own associations for them. 71 . If you meet a girl named Daisy. Then cover it up and try to write down as many of the items as you can remember. Mike Doug Pyramid Twig Greenhouse Insect Goldfish Tractor Nail John Lucy Louis Button If there are no obvious groups. If you find it difficult to remember people’s names. sort the items into smaller groups. try associating a name with a picture. One way would be to divide the list into two groups—big or small items. Study the list of ten items below for 30 seconds. Here is a new list. Elephant Carpet Step 2 Now look at the faces belo . think of her holding the flower. based on the ideas above. you could imagine items paired together. Or link a person’s name with an object they might have (Doug with a dog) or make up a rhyme (Mike on a bike) to help you. Check the list and make a note of your score. recognize faces recognize fa es eco c es. cover the list and try to write down all ten items. you could remember a mouse with eyelashes or a ship carrying a banana. try breaking the list down into smaller groups.

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ffle ffl t robbers. but don’t swap along the way. MAZES MASTERING Right or left? You can find your way through this more complicated maze using the one-hand rule. find the solutions on page 186. Try this method to make your way to the center of this maze—and back out again.BRAIN GAMES The one-hand rule To get through a maze where all the walls are connected to the outer boundary. Th The Ancien Eg The Ancient Egyptians built mazes ent mazes azes 4. including how to find our way out of a maze. as long as they can eventually find their way to freedom. of course! See if you can make your way through this collection of miniature mazes. Once through. One pharaoh even 000 ears ago pharao even phara eve p raoh ven phar built built hug maz nside built a huge maze inside his pyramid u lt uge aze ge pyram pyrami pyr pyra ramid t baffl tomb ro ers to baffle tomb robbers. always keep a hand on one wall as you go—it doesn’t matter which hand.000 years ag 4.” To do this.000 years ago. If you get lost. you can use the “one-hand rule. Giant hedge mazes are popular attractions—it seems that people like the feeling of getting lost for a while. too. er r The brain’s ability to learn helps us solve all sorts of problems. try again using your other hand—which route is quicker? 78 .

e Amazing mazes The bigger and more complicated a maze is. the more difficult it is to remember all the wrong turns. where some of the walls are not connected to the others. Instead you’ll have to find your way through by learning from y your mistakes. so to find the exit you’ll have to use trial and error. The challenge of this maze is to figure out the route to the dot. Using the one-hand rule will take you back out the way you came in.Trial and error Mazes like this one. cannot be solved using the one-hand rule. 79 . Find your way to the center of the maze and then e out the other side.000 sq ft (12.746 sq m) and has nearly 2. Garden Maz in Hawaii. Th worl largest The world’s larges world’s rges est maz maze is the Dole aze Pl Plantation Pineapple Pinea Pi eapple Gard Maze Hawaii.5 miles nearly earl es (4 km) of paths. rden aze a wh covers which covers an area ver ers are rea ea of 137. Over and under This 3-D cube maze couldn’t exist in real life—people would keep falling off it! The way the paths pass under and over one another can make it difficult to keep track of where you’re going—so you’ll have to pay attention.

To do this you will have to learn and remember which items form parts of a pair.BRAIN GAMES P TTERNS A TERNS TTERN A face in the crowd The more we learn..000 The world’s largest jigsaw puzzle has 24. See if you can find these two musicians among the group of rock stars below. t takes many months to complete pieces. Thinking ahead This batch of colorful cupcakes is arranged in a specific pattern. akes complete let lete ete te 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 80 12 13 14 15 . It takes many months to complete. PU Z I G PUZZLING ZLI ING All alone Without writing anything down or marking the puzzle in any way. Can you figure out what it is? If the sequence was to continue.. the better our brains become at spotting even the smallest differences between things. what would be the color of the 49th and 100th cupcakes? Th world arge ji aw puz The world’s largest jigsaw puzzle has 4. ece eces take any o ces.000 worl or rld’s rgest ig rges igsaw uzz zzle pieces takes many mont pieces. see if you can find the one creature in the picture that doesn’t appear twice.

Spot the sequence These flowers (left) may look randomly arranged. ra rack pat ern ack tter rns cr me cri rim catch cr minals. See if you can find the unique pattern among the seven pairs. stored in our brains. but in fact they have been laid out in a particular sequence. All of these perplexing puzzles require you to spot new w patterns. Your brain has to work out how each small piece fits together to make the big picture. In fact. Four pieces from this puzzle are mixed up with pieces from a different puzzle. Can you find the missing pieces? Police forces u e computer software to help them Police f rces use computer software to help them olice rce olic forces olice forces us co uter software hel th computer f ware e ftware ftw elp the lp track patter track patterns of crime and catch criminals. and you will begin to tell them apart. track patterns of crime and catch criminals. See if you can figure out the pattern. Turn to page 187 to find the answers. cri als ri als Perfect pairs At first glance. To do this you need to study both the contents of the pieces and their shapes. except for one. Give your brain time to study them.A between different things are important parts of the learning process. each pattern has an exact double. however. tt T t to fi d th B C D E G F H I J K L Mi i Missing pieces i Putting a jigsaw puzzle together is a good example of pattern recognition. these patterns look very similar. Which three colored flowers should finish off the sequence? .. to help us make sense of new ones. We use past experiences and solutions to previous problems.

but it does involve intellectual skills. It involves recognizing and working with musical pitches. and rhythms and is similar to linguistic intelligence. perform. This is a form of intelligence that gives a person the ability to appreciate. You need certain mental abilites to coordinate the movements that are essential to sports and other physical activities. It also covers the skills involved in sports like tennis and many forms of art.82 Musical intelligence This type of intelligence involves a sensitivity to written and spoken language. Interpersonal intelligence Bodily intelligence The ability to effectively use your body is not normally associated with intelligence. and carry out mathematical calculations. so it may also apply to people who rarely use mathematics. It enables you to give good advice to friends who may have problems but also allows you to work effectively with others. but it also includes the ability to use language to express yourself and communicate complex information. Linguistic intelligence Mathematical i t lli h ti l intelligence This is when someone has the ability to logically analyze problems. tones. It covers both scientific and mathematical thinking. . It may enable people to easily learn languages. detect patterns. and compose musical patterns. such as architecture and sculpture. This covers the sympathetic understanding that is vital if you are to relate to the motivations and desires of other people. Spatial intelligence p Anyone with the ability to navigate accurately and yone visualize things in three dimensions is using their spatial intelligence.

decoding. arithmetic. and use various features of your environment. an d he published his theory of m ultiple intellige nces in 1983. IQ tests usually involve general knowledge. h how would you describe yourself? Intrapersonal intelligence Naturalist intelligence This type of intelligence enables you to recognize. INTELLIGENCE TYPES Intelligence quotient Various tests have been devised to measure intelligence. W We usually rate people’s intelligence b by their ability to explain or use c complex ideas. you can be intelligent in eight ways. Looking at the intelligence types above. Howard Ga rdner American psychologist H oward Gardne began to ques r tion the notion of a single type of intelligence in the 1970s. this idea o of “multiple intelligences” is only one o of many theories about intelligence. and analyzing shapes. 83 . memory. learn. But they do not rate things like interpersonal skills and may not be fair to people from different cultural backgrounds. Intelligence can a also be described as the ability to e experience. However. while some perform very w well in only a few. The results are given a numerical value called an intelligence quotient. combining different d degrees of each. and adapt t to the world. It could be described as knowing how you “tick” and being able to use that information to regulate your life. understand. It covers your ability to make sense of the natural world. but it may also affect how you respond to any environment. it has helped un dermine the cr ude idea that intelligenc e can be accura tely measured by IQ tests. reasoning.W What about you? A All of us have different abilities. and multiple intelligences is just one way of describing them. Although his th eory has been hotly debated. According to psychologist H Howard Gardner. and motives. One aspect of intelligence is the ability to understand yourself and appreciate your own feelings. Most people combine s m many skills in varying degrees. think. or IQ. fears. puzzle solving.

plastic including dyes . especially promoting crops that poor farmers could grow for food and other purposes. He plosives oil. Eventually. teaching the students farming techniques and ways of becoming self-sufficient. An African American born in the South before the abolition of slavery. College teacher In 1896. His achievements helped undermine racial prejudice and blazed a trail for other African Americans to follow. In the process he improved the lives of people often too poor to help themselves. uses for these many s. His main interest was agriculture. Carver Carver once said. rt so he never knew wh day was his birt e neve ver er which was birthd birthday. who raised the orphan as his own child after abolition. the attention of the world. . He early childhood Determined student Carver was named after his slave owner. he transferred to Iowa State Agricultural College. but in 1891. you will command way. Carver’s laboratory at Tu where black Am ericans couldskegee was one of learn plant sc ience. He advi her tton with ot to alternate co d sweet as peanuts an crops such me up with so ca potatoes. nd Peanuts a s potatoe improve In the early 19 the few places 00s.” to Carver wanted ers whose es of poor farm the liv ted by the us land was exha ting of cotton— relentless plan crop of the the main cash ts sed his studen region. Moses Carver. educator.Carver Carver did not know the yea or date of his birt arver rv rve v year ear birth. George Washington Carver fought racism to become a respected scientist. He al crops. paints. George got a place in school and later went to college. Carver was invited to lead the agriculture department at Tuskegee Institute in Alabama— a college founded for the education of ex-slaves. and inventor. rt George Washington Carver during his house like this to be poor. and even ex le his is would enab hoped th e their own ak students to m he . rthday. He stayed at Tuskegee for 47 years. of buying them oducts instead pr 84 . where he was the first black student.” att ttention tt worl world. have lived in a like Carver would knew exactly what it was . At first he studied art and music. “ When you can rv rve v Wh y do the common things of life in an fe uncommon way. The head of the institute called Carver “one of the most thoroughly scientific men with whom I am acquainted. rth.

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logical argument encouraged by the study of philosophy has real practical value. so the facts are wrong. Logic and philosophy The intellectual discipline of philosophy. these exercises are intellectual games. But if there is no logical argument to back it up. Makes your u teeth shine. It’s important to check the facts as well as the logic. you might start to believe it. If making teeth shiny really did make them healthy. and justice. and . If someone says something that you don’t believe but then backs it up with a solid logical argument. Computer logic Logic is vital to computing. This makes logic very important for lawyers and politicians such as Hillary Clinton. 87 . first practiced by the ancient Greeks. the program will not work. But common sense can be misleading if it is based on false ideas. the argument in this advertisement would be fine. because it uses reasoned argument to investigate concepts such as truth. p If the coded instructions are not n logical. To many people. as we believe we know the answers through common sense. But simply brushing your teeth does not prevent tooth decay.Persuasive logic Many people use logic to persuade others. you will not be persuaded. These are devised by programmers who have to convert their ideas into a code that a computer can read. The rigorous. All computers are controlled by long strings of electronic instructions called programs. shiny teeth are healthy teeth Checking the facts Very often people come up with conclusions that are based on ideas that are wrong. beauty. is mostly about logic.

and difficult explain. Phobias Phobias Many eople are terrified of Many people are terrified o spiders. difficu t to explain. Arachnophobi Arachnophob a is the fear the fear o spiders and s of spiders a d is one of the o the most comm n phobias most common phobias.Free association When you think logically. There is no logical reason to believe in a god. water. but a lot of people do—even if they do not practice any religious rituals— including many scientists who normally rely on logical thinking. 88 . This tends to happen when you are very relaxed. like the fear h ights—after all. and sometimes even sometimes even just the feathers just the fea hers. which one he rarer phobias. you retrieve information from your memory and use it to solve problems. and air. which involves believing in something that cannot be proved. But othe s u others. These instincts are the type of thinking that is shared by animals. fal i fea of heights—after al falling f from a height can kill you But eight can kill ou. Orn thophob a is rnithophobi the fear of birds and fear birds. his type fear s sp ders This type of fear is called called a phob a. This does not mean that instincts do not make sense—they are essential to our survival. There are many hobi There any differen types different types of phobias Some hobias. are illogical. Some are understandable. l are understandable. s h fear fish. Instincts also include some emotions such as the fear of fierce dogs. are llog a rrat onal. but they are not governed by logic. irrationa . Ichthyophobia Ichthyophobia is the fea fear of fish. Faith All religions are based on faith. a e phobias Instinct We all have natural instincts that make sure we get things like food. such as the fear of fish. whic is one of the f fish. But sometimes your mind wanders and makes associations without conscious direction.

Aviato hobia Aviatophobia is the fear of flying s fear flying and is a very nd very common phobia. Others will avoid flying in case they suffer “bad luck” and the plane crashes. Ideas jump into our heads for no obvious reason. Technophobia s Technophobia is the fear of technolog he fear o technology such such as cel phone cell ph nes an comp ters.Musoph a Musophobia is the word used describe word use to descr the fear of mice h fe r f mice. A lot of us are superstitious. common phobi We all like to imagine that we think logically. Some buy lottery tickets because they think they might get lucky and win a big prize. but people ignore the facts and act in line with their illogical thoughts. and all religions are based on faith rather than actual logic. or “tempting fate. the chances of both are very small.” There is no logic in this way of thinking. In reality. worry about what may happen on Friday the 13th. Most of us try to avoid saying things like “I’ve never been in a car accident” because we feel that we are increasing the risk just by saying it. but this is often far from the truth. . Luck Many people believe in good and bad luck. and many people suffer from phobias or even serious delusions. 89 . or believe in ghosts. and computers Superstition Many people are superstitious. Demophobia the Demophobi is the fear being trapped fea of being trap ed in a c owd of people crowd o eople. They avoid walking under ladders.

If he leaves the chicken with the corn. the man in the ticket booth realizes that tickets cost less on Sundays. The assistant can’t figure out how to split $5 between three people. However. Turn to page 187 to see if you are right. so the boys should have paid only $25. T i h The frustrated farmer a A farmer is trying to use a small boat to row a fox. b She gets only one guess. but first she needs to find the cookie jar in the cupboard. If he leaves the fox with the chicken. How can the farmer get across the river without anything eating anything else? It might help if you make paper cutouts of the characters to help you visualize the solution. What happened to the other $1? Find the treat Janet wants a cookie. e If she’s wrong. The man in the ticket booth tells them that the entrance fee is $10 each—so the boys pay $30 and enter the carnival. and mislead. . Carnival money money Three boys arrive at a carnival on Sunday morning. a chicken. and a bag of corn across a river. so you’ll have to concentrate hard and use sound reasoning to arrive at your answers. . making $29 . so he keeps $2 for himself and gives the boys $1 each. However. logical thinking is the key to solving these baffling brainteasers. This means that the boys have now paid $9 each for their tickets—a total of $27—and the assistant has kept $2. The man asks his assistant to go find the boys and give them $5 back. he can take only one thing at a time in the boat. she’ll end up with something much less h tasty than a cookie. None of the jars e has labels.BRAIN GAMES Clear. the chicken will eat the corn. confound. They have been designed to confuse. she is given the following clues: 1 2 4 5 90 . the fox will eat the chicken. only numbers. To help o her choose.

The person to their left then became player number one and the game continued until there was only one person left to claim the prize. So what question should he ask to gain his freedom? o Each pair can walk across the bridge only as fast i as the slowest man. who then passed it to the left to player number two and they continued in this way until the package reached the seventh player. The s bridge can support only two people at a time. the other only lies. The g e four men take different times to cross the bridge. f The right door A prisoner is given a chance to win his freedom: In his cell are two doors—behind one is a hungry lion and behind the other is the exit to the prison. W Which jar should she choose? Peter Kevin 6 Gary Annie Stacey Rob 91 . and y they have only one flashlight between them.Two at a time A group of four men—made up of two brothers e plus their father and grandfather—is walking f i to a train station in the dark and come to an old r narrow bridge that leads to the station. and the next train arrives at a cross the bridge to the station on time? s o ? Who passed the package? Rob has just won a game of pass the package. This person then unwrapped a layer of paper and was eliminated from the game. In front of each door stands a guard—one guard always speaks the truth. who started it? Susan Joe bottom row and not in the middle. d which is directly under the flour. one of the men needs h to bring the flashlight back for the next pair. so s n after one pair has cro rossed. Mary 3 row and are not next to the rice. s right-ha side and has a and number that is two more than r the flour and four more than the lent tils. The prisoner is allowed to ask one of the guards only one question. A package was given to the first player. If Rob won the game. It started with nine children sitting in a circle.

horizontal row. for example. shaded gray. you should be able to figure out which numbers go where. Tips and tricks 6 2 4 Sudoku The classic Sudoku puzzle consists of a 9 x 9 grid of squares divided into nine boxes of nine squares. and box must contain the numbers 1 through 9. Some squares already contain numbers. Here. Start with this puzzle and pick up some tips and tricks before moving on to try a few more on your own. the middle row is missing only 2 and 8.BRAIN GAMES Many number puzzles rely on logical thinking rather than math skills.” Look at the middle column of three boxes. wri s em pencil encil in the corner of the square and erase corner corner squares res es era erase r them as you eliminate them. If you check the rest of the numbers in the vertical columns that the middle row’s blank squares sit in. write them small in pen es es. and your job is to figure out which numbers go in the empty squares. Check the rows and you’ll realize there’s only one place the other 1 can go. 4 9 6 Slightly harder 5 7 3 5 1 2 6 7 3 8 2 6 1 1 3 5 7 1 5 2 9 3 9 4 9 4 3 4 Neve gues wh Never guess which number goes in a ver es er ess er es square there re square.. 8 1 3 5 6 9 1 4 2 4 6 3 5 5 2 2 4 6 9 5 8 4 6 7 4 8 3 5 5 A good place to look first is the row or column with the most numbers. 4 9 8 6 8 . Sudoku and Kakuro. The top two already contain 1. are puzzles you solve by filling in blank squares with the right numbers according to certain logical rules. Every vertical column. This means that 1 must go in the right-hand column of the bottom box. 4 1 6 3 6 7 Middle row 9 5 3 7 1 8 2 Starter Sudoku 1 5 8 7 6 4 5 8 3 6 9 9 5 2 8 1 2 8 1 9 1 4 5 3 7 8 3 8 1 6 4 1 7 2 6 5 3 6 7 8 2 7 5 1 Another trick is to look for sets of three numbers. known as “triplets. If there are a number of re e er ere r er possibilities wr them possibilities.. em el them em.

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while others are more difficult and will require more thought. 5. and 6 to make this problem work. See if you can figure out how you do it. 3. 2. There are also a couple of trick questions to keep you on your toes. the four black numbers can be added and multiplied in the same way to make the white number in the center. 4. ? NUM8ER Only one chance Replace each of the question marks with the numbers 1. you’ll need to use math—and a fair bit of logical thinking. You can use each number only once.BRAIN GAMES Puzzling pyramid Fill in the gaps so that each box in the second row up contains a figure that is the sum of the figures in the two boxes below. You’ll find the answers on page 188. TH1NK OF A ?? x ? = ??? Flower power In each flower. 120 ? 44 ? 14 ? ? ? ? 3 50 ? ? ? To find the solutions to these puzzles. Some of the puzzles are straightforward and should be easy to solve. What number should appear in the center of the third flower? 4 2 30 5 6 6 10 50 9 2 7 5 ? 8 6 96 .

but for each incorrect answer. answering all 20 questions and receiving a score of 125. Susan must correctly answer 15 out of 20 questions. which weighs more than an apple. She completes the test. she is deducted five points. Figure out which star is which number to make this addition problem work. which weighs more than a banana. For each correct answer. and a banana each weigh? Multiple fractions What is ½ of ¹⁄⁄³ of ¼ of ¹⁄⁄5 of 600? 1 1 2 1 / / 1/ 4 3 / 5 97 . then try to work out how many strawberries are needed to balance one pineapple and three bananas? How many strawberries do a pineapple.000.Pieces of eight Write down eight number 8s. Now insert four addition signs between the eights in such a way as to make a sum that equals 1. Study the balanced scales above. like this: 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8. x + The weighing game A pineapple weighs more than an orange. which weighs more than a strawberry. she is awarded ten points. an apple. Did she pass? Dazzling stars Each colored star represents a different number from 1 to 4. 88888888 Pass or fail? To pass a test. an orange.

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Thinking in pictures If you have to pack a lot of items into the trunk of a car. It enables you s a b to visualize shapes and imagine what things lz h might look like from different angles. You also use spatial skills when imagining how something might look. helps you n e r n read maps. but with all the features represented by symbols. such as a different furniture arrangement in your bedroom. a boy finds his way blocked and needs to find a new route by reading a map and relating it to the real world. d s d e Map reading A map is like an aerial view of the ground. 100 . you use spatial skills to mentally rearrange them and decide how to make them fit best. Your ability to think in three dimensions u k s is called spatial awareness. and is useful in many sports. Here. Map reading is a very good test of spatial awareness. It also g k i n t gives you a sense of direction.

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and u 2 someti sometimes 3-D s atia sometimes 3-D. such as making sense of patterns on a page. Check your answers on page 188. You use 2-D nd You use 2-D.BRAIN GAMES SEEING IN 2−D We usually think of spatial awareness in terms of 3-D activities—playing sports. omputer ga es. figuring out how the turning of each cog. spatial etimes 3-D spatial ti skills wh yo pl y skills w e you play kills when ls pla computer games. wheel. for example. What will happen to the two baskets of bricks? Will basket A move up or down? Will basket B move up or down? You will have to solve this problem stage by stage. and pulley affects how the next one will move. mpute ames puter ames uter e B 102 . A Up and down Imagine the man turning the top-right cog g clockwise. Use these skills to figure out how the 2-D objects in these puzzles interact with one another. But spatial skills can also help us with 2-D problems.

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If you get stuck. h F D E 104 . a pyramid. two them are l o identical—they’re just being shown from e contrasting angles. 3-D Many of the things you do each day depend on spatial awareness skills—walking along the street.BRAIN GAMES Four triangles n Arrange six equall-size pencils so that they make four equilateral k triangles. so you barely give them a thought. You’ll need to pay a bit more attention to solve e these 3-D problems. Turn to page 188 to find the answers. Can you figure out which of the six overhead views a c e below matches the positions of the 3-D shapes in the side vi s view? D E F A G H I B C Different angles f es Alth though these nine 3-D shapes h all look very different. a cylinder. or using the phone. See if you can find e the two matching shapes. s View from th top the A B C The side view above shows four 3-D shape positioned on a board e pes r (clockwise from top left: a cube. You perform these actions so often that they feel natural. for example. You will need a to visualize each shape at different angles. remember o that this is a 3 puzzle. and an o d icosahedron).

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Swiss hey inve ventor George de Mestral noticed a lot of prickly plant seedpods clinging to his clothes. Turning such inventions into practi practical racti technology takes hard work. carrying ng hooks that cli m the parent plant. fr fre ob who mad hi fortune when who made his fort e when he who made his fortune whe he rtune wh tu invented dynamite in 1867. sim ply because they had no electr icity. with a talent for linking what th see to other ideas. and he used his ng e discovery to invent the Velcro fastener. He real ized that peop t le were dying be cause they co se uld not pick up vi p tal inform ation broadcast over the radio. He discovered that they sc t were eq quipped with microscopic hooks roscopic that clung to the fabric. Inventive people are often very o observant. He solved the problem by inventing a w ind-up radio. ente ed 867. powered by a clockwork motor linked to a small electrical gene rator. Problem s olving . e this one have . seedpods lik the Known as burs to animal fur. Alexander Fleming had been nd trying to find w ways of fighting bacterial infectio infections when he noticed that a mold growing on an unwashed bacterial culture plate had killed the bacteria around it—just like the white mold on the culture plate above. 867 106 In 1993. together with the knowledge to appreciate it. penicillin. In 1948. h know In 1928. re Making connections Some inventions involve luck. Swedish ch mist lfred Nobe wed edish ist fr d obel. Britis h inventor Trevor Baylis was watching a TV show about th e spread of AI DS in Africa. seed away fro Br Bright ideas ified view) mimic Stiff Velcro hooks (red in this magn in the soft loops hooks on a plant bur. invented dynamite in 1867 nve ted dy ve te ynamit vented dynamit vented dynamite 1867. but the original he idea is often the product of inspired genius. ery t inv Th Nobel Priz The Nobel Prize was es b ed The Nobel Prize was establishe obe Pri rize s established establis establi establ esta by Swed chemist Alfred Nobel by Swedish chemist Alfred Nobel. and catch the of a woven pad. He realized he had discovered the first antibiotic drug.INVENTION NVEN O People regularly come up with new ideas that re make life easier and that may even change the world.

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“The rocket worked perfectly except for landing on the wrong planet.wer tonishing total V-2s were ere re launched against Allied targets toward the aunched ag ed ed targets tow rd rget toward ts end of World Wa II—up to ten per day. who took him to the U. von Braun developed a passion for astronomy when he was a child. Yet von Braun always said that he was really only interested in space travel. On hearing the news that the first operational V-2 had hit London. the German Nazi authorities persuaded von Braun to develop the V-2 rocket as a weapon. At the ag of 12. Explorer 1. Their task was to develop the V-2 into a nuclear missile. Wernher von Braun was a visionary inventor: a man who saw the future and made it happen. A captured V-2 rocket is launched British scientists in October 1945 by .S. This marked the beginning of the space race between Russia and the U. Relaunch In 1945. However. He also had ambitious plans for an orbiting space station and manned flights to Mars. soon after the war ended.Wernher von Braun les down Opel hurt 28. he became obsessed by space travel and joined the Spaceflight Society at the University of Berlin to assist Oberth in rocket research. crowded str ets of Ber rowd reet erl rlin. that was to lead to the Moon landings.225 V. and he masterminded the development of the smaller rockets that preceded it. von Braun surrendered to the American forces. in 1958.S. He was the scientist behind the Saturn V rocket that carried men to the Moon.” An asto astonishing to of 3. Eventually. Inspired by the rocket-powered vehicles of Fritz von Opel and the work of rocket pioneer Hermann Oberth. 19 lled Fritz et-prope ack in Berlin in A rock racetr the AVUS Liftoff Born in 1912. Wrong target In the late 1930s. satellite.S. Worl War World er 108 . he was joined by a team of 127 technicians who had worked on the V-2 rocket program. England. one of von Braun’s rockets was used to launch the first U. he said. vo Bra was age von Braun was raun arrested for attaching ro ets to a cart arres ed fo att rrested rre r ttaching rocket tt rockets ts rt and set setting fire to them in the ett fire tting r tt cro ed tre ts cr wded streets Berlin. But all this was based on his early experience developing the deadly V-2 missile for Nazi Germany.

who was making TV shows about space travel. and in 1972. 109 . Saturn e ns of the la sio et. He devised a huge manned orbiting space station and figured out ways of mounting expeditions to the Moon and even Mars. it had th Moon mis vious rock it Earth orb an any pre ad into bigger th e a heavy lo m arry ream beca power to c Braun’s d hed eyond. Von en his rocket launc and b land 1969 wh to a reality in er mission were n its pione ether there rn V. Yet he had achieved his main ambition of sending astronauts into space—and to the Moon. dying in 1977. Lunar ’s b at carried Von Braun ooster” th Much V “superb te 1960s. Apollo 11 o n. which is not suitable for missions beyond Earth orbit. Von Braun’s hopes for more expeditions to the Moon and planets were shattered. von Braun came up with some ambitious plans for space exploration.Rocket science While he was working on the first American rockets. he stopped working for the American space program. He later worked as an adviser to Walt Disney. Soon after this he became ill. Altog the Satu n the Moo men o ll using ndings—a six Moon la g landin was the colossal success the ig Grounded Eventually it became clear that von Braun’s Saturn rocket was going to be replaced by the space shuttle.

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at the age of four. You can teach a parrot to speak. ways erited pa inh an SPEAK Our complex language is one of the features that makes humans different from other animals. possibly because the language-processing areas of their brains are bigger. but it cannot use language to explain what it is thinking. Some children even pick up two languages at once. If I am very good and eat my cabbage. By age five or six they can put together more complex sentences. and by two years old they know around 300 words. A parrot may be able to talk. Parrot fashion Second language Words and sentences Babies are very sensitive to words and speech patterns. but we keep adding to our verbal skills throughout our lives. but it cannot put together its own sentences. We learn this when we are very young. Learning another language is easy when we are very young. and many adults find it is almost impossible (unless they live for a while in a country where the language is spoken). But it becomes harder with age.LEARNING TO ne ky y is o oms Chomsk cs (the is h m C oam isti rh Noa in 1928. because at this age our brains respond to every new stimulus. This skill is uniquely human. sen uag put lang es that t atur v rent diffe He belie t of our n r . He is an instin to g e of th of langua ren have learn how h d tudy that chil and and ven thoug s t ory erst ther—e d feren e the ge to un r in dif bility tences to es work e skills a a hes e. Some people do better than others. and may understand when to say particular phrases. Speaking is not just about making the right sounds—it is about using sounds to communicate. N es in lingu famous fo ctive Born key figur e). but you can’t teach it to have a real conversation. can I have some ice cream? cat bag more I want some chocolate! Pretty Polly! 113 . The parrot just learns to repeat the sounds. most children can say simple sentences. They start linking them together until.

114 . paint. Step 1 Time yourself as you read out the color of the writing. Earth. robin. back. Blue Red White Green Orange Pink Orange Blue Green White Green Red Pink Orange Red Step 2 Blue Red White Green Orange Pink Orange Blue Green White Green Red Pink Orange Red Next. pencil. hearing up. your brain searches through your vocabulary to pick out the words you need to express yourself. aroma. paper. unicycle. laugh HAVING A When you talk or write. on. Neptune 4. below. sparrow. eye. not the word itself. above pencil. Sun. cone. crow smell. five. The following games test your understanding of the relationships between words and also show how easily your brain can become confused when you read words in a strange context. three of the five are related in some way. touch. flower. sky. Tree. brush stroke two. Check your answers on page 189. one Mixed messages The circumstances in which you see words influence the way you read. hair. color. Sail. four. mast. mouth. deck 2. run. crayon 3. taste. time yourself as you try to do the same with the panel below. It is very difficult to equal or beat your time from Step 1. sea horse 5. Dolphin. For people who are proficient at reading. Stapler. If the color of the word and the word itself are not the rd same. See if you can guess which two are the odd ones out and why. Mars. 1. ruler.BRAIN GAMES WORD Odd ones out In each of the following lists of words. Choose the right word to complete the sentences below. Quick comparisons Figuring out the relationships between words is the first step to correctly using them. Moon. fur. it is difficult not to automatically read the word. Look at the 15 words in the top panel. cat. pen. we say the word much quicker a than we can name the color. crow.

leave. it is harder to ignore the e word. spooky catch. banana. strange . puzzle crawl leave crawl. illogical. center. In the top game. . g twist. worse pp py top. g g Now do the same for the game below. include scary. walk. hungry. party friend.Colored creatures Time yourself as you say out loud the color y y y and the animal pictured behind the word for the group of animals on the left. grow. cat. travel . listen bite. start starving. silly y Unlike hide. test return walk return. foolish g scorn. and this slows us down. Then do the same for the group of animals on the right and compare the two times times. Horse Sheep Goat Cat Pig Tiger Dog Tiger Cat Elephant Horse Goat Bird Bird Pig Elephant Rabbit Dog Like and unlike This game tests your knowledge of how words relate to one another. sleepy. trash. fish. For example. . strong apple. p pp Like nice. blink. chew. but this time pick the two words that are opposites. cut. pick two pg . Sheep Rabbit As in the mixed-messages g s game. left example the first one is a blue rabbit. praise sharp. rational. g untidy.p words from each line—one from the left side and one from the right—that are closest in meaning. work tired. edge p. We have to stop the automatic reading response in order to perform the task task. distant.

a ki r ng s . please? Can we sit where we want? We went in March. a earn everythi e hing mitat o atio This ight ork for some kills. The child earn m s describe scri e he hild d above doesn’t understand the process bov d esn’ ove ders der t e oc s o u in ticke o of buying tickets to see the movie. me Conversation Conversation nversati n S Some talking is easy. Thousands of years ago. but a serious alk ng is e s but serious r conversation nvolv l stening carefully conversation involves listening carefully nversation olve e full and figur ng out exactly what you want n figur urin out exac l h t ou ant actl to say in reply This is more difficult if y r ply. m You n d guag gu g e n 116 Soci l nstincts Social instincts i tinc c We pass information around by talking e pas i f rmat o arou d talk n s atio ound alkin to one another. When did you go there? We will do the same. but ht om ll m t most of the complex things that we h omple thin s tha e lex n h learn must be described. p o o In modern cities. a lot of this information would have lot o hi info matio o ion ou have e helpe eople n o d avoi a ger helped people find food or avoid danger. e ould dn’t angua d have to learn everything by imitation. and cket e ovie and e w will not understand if it is not explained o e stand f n ot pl i d to him. Can I have two tickets for the movie. USING What is he doing? Langu Language and learning ngua earning rn If we didn’t have language we would d dn ave langu ge. The children will love it! Do you think he will hink ever forgive me? Maybe you should explain to him why you did that and see what he says. I think that’s the best time to go because there was a lot of snow.ANGUAGE We had a terrific time skiing in the Alps last year. t now a h ther ver well. we spend a lot more time n oder ci ies e pend ern r en t r ti ta k n bout hings hat on affect talking abou things that don’t affe t our surv v —l survival—l —like these pe ple disc ssing t es peop e iscus n e thei vacations—but we stil exchange heir a ati ns—but till xchange c infor ation all the time nform ion l t me. but Thi This might work for some skills. Yo need language to learn. his s o d ficult if u you you do not know each other very well. nothe Thousand o ears ago ther h u nds h d s go. e er l beca s h xpression a bec use the expressions and body ons dy language hat h p language that help us communicate ngua ommunicate icat are harder to understand when r harde rd n ersta d h talking to strangers.

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After the initial ________. If there are any words you don’t know. X-ray knew this could be a fight to the death. ts ks Fill in the blan how good you are at This game tests context. X-ray turned in the animal’s grip so that he got a brief ________ of its face. When the beast spied X-ray below. Next time. swooped down with terrifying speed. wisely! Check the answers Step 1 to name as many animals as he or she can in 30 seconds. Looking up at the ________ birdlike animal. it let out a ________ shriek and. perched at the top of a ________ building. and he sent a laser beam straight into the beast’s beady eyes. mark a checkmark on a piece of paper. who ________ to safety. use your own ideas for subjects. The creature shrieked in ________ and let go of the hero. Where understanding words in story below? do these words fit into the long. X-ray almost froze when he saw the shape. without waiting another ________. 118 .Talk about it This game is a Coming up with fun way to check 10–15 connected how good your words in the time vocabulary is as limit shows a good well as testing level of word skill. check with an adult. Step 2 For every animal named. It ________ X-ray in its talons and carried him away before he had a________ to think. Step 3 This time get your friend to ask you how many fruit you can name in 30 seconds. the ability of your brain to think You will need: quickly and create connections between objects. ready for his next challenge. so choose Two of the words don’t be on page 189.

This gam l at tests your skil up words thinking with related meanings. you could increase the time to a minute for each speech.” f Step 2 At the word “go. Keep talking Now it’s time to think on your feet— and hope those words keep coming.Your brain has an amazing capacity to remember words. objects from the grid opp create a bri osite to ef story. St Step 2 The first player chooses a piece of paper and reads out a the word. Ask an adult to time the answers with the stopwatch.” player 1 starts to talk. Step 1 p Ask an adult to write 12 words (noun and adjectives) on separate ns p ces piec of paper. who also keeps time. without repeating words or pausing for too long. After three turns each.” he or she could suggest “freezing. Step 3 The game continues with the remaining words until the player pauses for more o than five seconds or is unable to think nk n of a suitable word. If the noun is “yacht. Every pi ct Here’s a gam ure tells a st ory e to test you r storytellin Choose five g skills. 119 . he or she continues the talk. Cho ose your ob either a stra jects from ight or a dia gonal line. You will need: Step 1 The two players take turns to talk on a topic for 30 seconds. Try to be as imagin you can.” y he or she could say “ship” or if the adjective is “cold. Yo bring all five u must ob proper sente jects into your story an d use nces. If the challenger is correct. Challenges can be made at any point if player 2 feels a rule has been broken—the quizmaster’s decision is final. Step 3 Next it is the turn of player 2 to start to speak on a new subject. wh ative as ether your s tory is set in world or is ju a fa st about a d ay at school! ntasy atives : Close rel You will need ways easy It’s not al d you adult to help out with finding the wor e the game need. Fold each piece and put them inside the box. The topics are decided by the quizmaster. and the second n player has to say a similar word. The player who is speaking when the time is up wins the point. often by linking them with visual images. These games help you s practice your word skills to improve your d vocabulary and confidence so that you n won’t ever be lost for words.

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Words as art Some forms of writing are so beautiful that they are treated as an art form. In Chinese. Le are d yours cial arn iffi e are w lf in simpl ing to exp cult to re e riting is an terms wh ss en yo impo u rtant skill. These do have wor ds. and this gives calligraphy a practical function because the writer can invent an entirely new character to express a particular idea. In the past. s ge a unde nd docum why so ma when rstan ny offi ents d. you can it i sitll raed it. these have the advanta ge of being universally understood —regardless of the langu age you spea k and whether yo u can read it. s ri g As lnog as you wrtie tre lsa lttr s h rsi the frsit and lsat lttres r of a wrod. and many adults read graphic nov els that are based on th e same idea . Spea 121 . which i ar langua n. Such characters are works of art in their own right. Know n as pictogra ms. well. rn how to ng but s We ca write omeh when . n ow w it e lose tell a We of comes to the p ten u writin lot se un we w g it d cle ow rit forms e. but mos t of the meaning is in the pictu res. Pictorial representati ons of word s ar used in oth er ways such e also as road signs. Altho king ug a few p h most of nd wr eople iti us lea do it story. many people in the West learned graceful forms of handwriting—an art known as calligraphy that is still enjoyed by some today. Picture and wor Comic books ds have always been popular wit h children. every new word requires a different character.

another form of Egyptian writing called demotic. He found a way of using his skill to decipher a language that had been long forgotten. The “Rosetta stone” was covered with writing in three languages: Egyptian hieroglyphs. He quickly discovered that he had an amazing talent for languages. ion was fa scinated b the ancie nt Egyptia y ns. howe because n ver. J in 1790. Sanskrit. specializing in ancient languages that could provide a way of understanding the past. But he didn’t just learn the languages of his own age. Afr ric is Amhapeople of E a mhar Some people have a flair for learning languages. Jean F François i came from a poor family and was eight years old before he went to school. mastering a dozen by the age of 16.E. ic nguag the lathiopia. The civilization was a mys that tery. . But all three were versions of the same thing—a document issued by Pharaoh Ptolemy V in 196 B. t A nguage fr om easter vestan n Iran. and are soon able to fluently read and write the language.E. and Chaldean.Jean François ç Champo l l ion A e e of tha. Jean François Champollion was a genius at this. Used to co m is an old lapose sacred texts. o one cou ld read th found on e writing the monu ments—th symbols k e nown as h ieroglyph Champoll s. Enough of the writing remained to allow the hieroglyphs to be related to the Greek and decoded— but it would prove difficult. Master of languages Born in F France i 1790. He also became intrigued by obscure languages such as Amharic. datin Hindu India. uage of e ancient lang Sanskrit is th g back to 1500 B. wonders the of ancient Egypt were being disc just ove built them red. a French army captain discovered a stone slab near the Egyptian port of Rashid. Avestan. or Rosetta.C. learn how to reply. They catch on to what is being said. hs pollion wa s a child. Eventually he became an assistant professor of history. 122 Land o f the pharao While Cha m Keystone In 1799. and classical Greek.C. enabling scholars to rediscover the lost world of ancient Egypt.

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BRAIN GAMES

A dotty challenge Can you draw four straight lines, without lifting your pen from the page, to connect all the red dots? You will need to think outside the box on this!
When taking up a challenge such as this, you may need to take one or two different approaches. If you don’t get it right the first time, keep starting from a different point until it works.

Natural talent Mother nature is often the best designer and has provided inspiration for some important inventions. See if you can match the invention on the left with the inspiration on the right.
1. Shinkansen bullet train 2. Futuristic car 3. Swimsuit 4. Self-cleaning paint 5. Road reflectors A. Shark’s skin B. Lotus leaf C. Cat’s eyes D. Trunkfish E. Kingfisher’s beak

The field of science referred to above is known as biomimicry, which means “imitating nature.” The next time you are in a park or garden, see if you can find inspiration or new ideas from the things you see around you.

Illustrated stories Choose a painting—from an art book or from the Internet! Study the picture for a while and focus on the details. Let your mind wander and then try to create a story around it.

Being able to understand and interpret artwork is a good creative exercise, as the brain thinks about what at the artwork is showing and d draws on what it means. By basing your story on something that inspires you, u you may create something impressive yourself.

Back to basics What can you do with an empty cardboard box? Use your imagination and see if you can design something brilliant. Of course, you could always just copy our idea, but where’s the fun in that?
Some of the greatest inventors have taken simple things and used them in a new way. You don’t always need elaborate materials to come up with great ideas!

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Lateral thinking Se if you can solve these riddles with a dash ee o of imagination and a lot of lateral thinking.
Riddl A: Romeo and Juliet le are ly ying dead on the floor. The are no marks on ere either of them, but they are r soake with water, and near ed them is a broken glass bowl. H How did they die? Riddle B: How do you throw a ball and make it come back without throwing the ball against a wall, the ball being attached to string or elastic, or the ball being caught and thrown back by someone?

Riddle C: A man rode into town on Wednesday. He stayed for three nights and then left on Wednesday. How is this possible?

When presented with riddles, we may try to find the answer based on a straightforward reading of the question. By trying to think what else the riddle might mean, you will learn to think laterally.

Something from nothing There is great creative potential in the bits and pieces lying around your home. Try to find new ways to use everyday objects such as tissue boxes, cardboard tubes, and straws. Or maybe make a sculpture, starting with an empty egg carton and adding anything else that sparks your imagination your imagination. o

You may come up with a fantastic creation, but even if your ideas turn out to be more silly than splendid, you will have learned a great deal about using your own n creative spark.

Put your potential for brilliance to the tes c st with these six challenges. Some of th ga the ames require lateral thinking, while others leav ng, w s ve the creativity entirely i your hands. Just in Ju check the challenge in each cloud and se e ee whether you quali as a creative spark! r qualify You’ll find the answers on page 189. fin
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h such as letting a book fall open. global warming. such as diagram. and ideas. The basic idea is to identify the “normal” way of looking at a problem and avoid it. but it can be surprisingly effective. you look at u the list and see what you have. figures. with y group y someone writing all the ideas down. and seeing how the word it hits might relate to the problem. n sticking a pin on the page. Lateral thinking Similar to brainstorming. It sounds crazy. CREATIVITY Many techniques designed to improve creative thinking encourage you to break away from strict logic and fixed ideas and let your mind wander more freely around a problem. You use a random way of triggering new trains of thought.” It helps you see things from different ang angles and come up with the fresh approaches you need to be creative. 130 . lateral a thinking is all about approaching n a problem from every possible angle. but it is usually a g p activity. Sometimes the oddball ideas turn out to be the best ones.BOOST YOUR Brainstorming This involves thinking up as many ideas as possible without judging them. This is often called “thinking outside the box. you can turn them a i t into a diagram You start with a central problem. You can do this alone. It can be fun! When everyone has run out of ideas. and add a series of spreading branches di depicting all the related facts. ed creative Visual thinking s Instead of making simple lists of ideas. This can work like a visual form of brainstorming. with new ideas leading to more radical. creative ones.

I TRAINED MINE TO WALK THEMSELVES.. B 131 . running. such as “What W if our pets could talk?” This might seem like a fantasy.What if. re. such as “What if no one collected our garbage?” You could then figure out ways of dealing with t the problem. . b A Working backward ward w If you know what you want but don’t know how to get to there. try working e backward.? One way of moving beyond fixed ideas is to ask. Th echnique The technique of The technique of ech i using diagr s to using diagrams t diagrams iagra link ideas dates back ink ideas ink ideas k deas eas es ba k b bac to the 200 to the 200s C. but it could stimulate useful ideas about how we treat animals.?” You could ask. I WALK MY A HUMANS TWICE A DAY. Porphyry of Tyre Porphyry of Tyre rph rp ry Tyre. . Energetic thinking i Many people find that they think e more creatively about problems oblems o while they are walking. “What if all bus travel was free?” and this might lead to creative thinking g about the way we get around and the role of cars. u or working out. Mentally. it can suggest ideas a that would not occur to you otherwise. so it frees your mind to work on the problem. It’s like working back from a winning shot in basketball: to get C to score. A has to pass the ball to B h and B to C.. It could be a negative question.. h wh whe when i was use when it was used a ed by philosopher by philosopher philosop er ilosopher losopher Porphyry Tyre.E. Or the question could d be impractical in itself. The exercise has c to be repetitive. “What if .

set. string. w tie. and yo u want to get to your friend. apple. So try these s games and let your imagination run free! Novel story Use your imagination and think of ways of combining all the following words into a funny story or poem: purple.. chips. your friend is on th e other. the better. It co uld make for an interesting crossing! 132 CREATIVE .BRAIN GAMES You can improve your creative skills by following exercises designed to make you look at ideas and problems in different ways. Ready. too.. go! Unusual c rossing! Imagine that you are stran ded on one side o f a lake. smile What if. screw. g chair. See wha t ideas your frie nds come up with. Set yourself a time limit of five minutes a nd write down as many ways you can think of to cross the lake. summit. The crazier. sheep.? Exercise your creative streak and come up with the most imaginative story you can to complete the following scenarios: What if we didn’t sleep? What if your house could speak? What if we could go on vacation in space? What if our eyes were in our kneecaps? What if we could breathe underwater? EXERCISES Clip art Can you think of 30 different ways of using a paper clip other than for holding papers together? Write down as many as you can in ten minutes.

How man example. These creative exer es.dentials Green cre ften about Creativity is o e f the world being aware o d using it for around us an hen was the inspiration. Read out the first clue and h let the hunt begin! 133 . Each clue leads to another until you reach the treasure. could pictures. Think of some cryptic clues to lead your friends on a journey around your house or backyard The clues could even be backyard. W d o really looke last time you color—for ick a around you? P y en. gre are u see that things can yo are more than green? There k at first. Thes creative exerc es Thes “thought rea rcises ese exp riments ed ex eri experiments” led to the development xper ts deve vel elopment of his fa famous theories of re vity. elativi Creative play Play helps free the mind and aid creativity. you might thin Albert Einstein cultivated his own Albert Einstein cultivated his own lbert Einstein ultivated hi w bert rt ti ltivat d ltiv cre ve exercises. so use your visual imagination and plan a treasure hunt for your friends. theories rel eories relativity.

Leonardo da Vinci is famous for the amazing breadth of his interests. He soon became a superbly realistic painter of human figures. Leo rdo lef Leonardo left most of his pro ects unfinished and eonard ft eonardo eft projects unfinished. he completed only six paintings in 17 years. He also became a practical engineer and inventor. roj cts oject ed.Leonardo da Vinci the wife be a portrait of . Primarily a painter of extraordinary skill. He even came up with this pioneering concept for a helicopter (left). a type of bicycle. Amazing artist Leonardo was born near Florence. a life jacket to keep a person afloat. He devised a form of parachute. his father sent him to work as an apprentice for the Florentine painter Andrea del Verrochio. Luckily he was much more talented than most engineers of the time. Leonardo got a well-paid job with the duke of Milan by describing himself as a military engineer. and during the late 1400s. dreaming up all kinds of astonishing devices that were way ahead of their time. weapons that could be used to attack ships from underwater. and an “unsinkable” double-hulled ship. Visionary engineer In 1482. in 1452. worl world. Later. probably painted in around 1505. partly because of his interest in anatomy. ed. This Leonardo stones—a bom drawing shows a weapon for bard—powere d by a water whhurling eel. Italy. uld not have wo els. it is possible that he suffered from att suffered fro attention defi ffere r ffered from tt f ttention deficit eficit disorder (ADD)—a psycholog pro disorder (A rder psychological problem that ogical roblem has only re rec recently been identified ecently identified. is thought to The Mona Lisa k merchant from Florence of a wealthy sil One of the most intelligent people ever to have lived. rked. His most famous painting is the Mona Lisa. He worked very slowly. He was interested in water power and came up with many devices driven by water wheels. Leonardo’s Leo rdo’s eonard paintings—and eve even ven his dr dra drawings—are rawings—are re among the most va valuable in the world. which would have been the longest single-span bridge in the world. he proposed a bridge across the Gulf of Istanbul. . Leonardo’s wo ing mod is helicopter of est that he did build fly Th tes sugg although his no To Today. but it was never built. he became fascinated by the human body and pioneered the science of anatomy. When he was 15. a glider. an underwater breathing device. Ahead of his time Many of Leonardo’s inventions were objects that could not be made at the time but have since become a reality.

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If we think we don’t match up to this ideal. but at the age of around 18 months. Birds don’t recognize themselves either. is a very power Yet Yet it e basis of the a and it forms th y people believe “ “soul” that man ter death. You u have an image of yourself that includes your personality and your beliefs about e how others see you. it may not react at all. instead. Th ost al basis. it is s scientists think ful idea.SELF You know who you are. we feel bad about ourselves—we have low self-esteem. they know who they are looking at—they have developed a sense of self. s survives even af That’s me! If you put a cat in front of a mirror. It is what we call consciousness. This self-awareness l enables you to think about your identity o and how you relate to other people. but sometimes our judgment of our self is inaccurate and we are actually closer to the ideal than we think. 138 Self-esteem We all have an idea of how we would like to be. and m n no biologic an illusion. . Quite often the ideal is not realistic. SENSE OF you The inner that we have us believe of Most r that defines ou a an inner “self” has e concept p personalities. some see a rival and try to drive it away. Human babies are similar. . You recognize yourself in mirrors and pictures.

er era elieve have 13 different identities have 13 different identities ve fferen en es fferen identities. very shy people think others are judging them all the time. but some people have negative ideas that distort their self-image.“ On re self. It has been described as an awareness of our own existence and our thought processes. s red. fri ds friends er r Self-image Your sense of self is made up of your personal history combined with your own idea of your personality and physical appearance. single p art of th reveal that th howing er e brain conscio that is th e isn’t a us e focus a brain ness. fe ent ent es. If you are lucky.. Inste ess dep ad. and analyze your thoughts and plans. and I’m looking d looking forward seei forward seeing forward to seeing rw w eing my friends later . fer eren ere I look good. as well as how others see you. For example. average. but we all have it. No one of has eve injury th r suffer at self but ed left eve destroyed the rything ir seems else inta sense of th through at consciousn ct.Q? Scans o f brain activity high ac like this tivity in one. you will have a positive self-image. they believe they verage. So it is partly about your identity but also about your ability to think. plan. 139 . . elf. good ood. ey bel ve ey average. . Consciousness No one really knows what consciousness is. it brain re out the cerebr al corte ends on activit sponsib x—the y le for m pa emory and thin rt of the king. Brain H Some people suffer from peo suffer from eople ffe fro ff r f a psychological condition that psycholog co ogical makes them think they have es em ey ve y more than one “self.

Getting a l Individuality Western cultures tend to celebrate the variations in personality that make us individuals. W open to new idea personality traits. because there’s quite so sim various ever. by the same experien ed in different ways ve Everyone is affect loves them. well-organiz nized banke ways. we would all feel confident as individuals while staying responsible members of society. es: es calm. ex e. for example. Nature and nurture Your experiences can have a big effect on your personality. parents. personality ed artist. while Jill is not. However. Some other cultures discourage them. it affects your outlook. they probably react to new experiences in similar ways.LITY TYPES PERSONA ces. Ideally. so ce you will be a good chan ple. B eing open min ideas of people ded to the with different personalities develop both em helps us otionally and in tellectually. Ye diffe s. gloomy. Jack might be r types of experience they react to othe e are all complex s. They ha s. It helps us coop also erate to achiev e things. A a well-orga seem unlike might ong toget Some people her are very reserv ed and have on special friend ly a few s. and we often display this in the way we dress and behave. 140 . we all seem to be getting bolder about our individuality. But although these twins may have been affected in different ways by their personal histories. op pe oving pe t of your Par th fun-l if they are bo the same. If your best friend is run over by a bus. tures of a variety of mix Th The ancient Greeks Greeks reek ks thought ther wer only there were ere ere re re fo four basic per personality ers rsonality types types: happy. it is not How expressed in traits can be example. Others are more sociable to get along w and seem ith everyone. but his friend Jill Jack hates partie ict how t this might not pred rent personalities. and excitable. ur enes In the grsonality is inherited from yole. for r.

For each ferent point on the of us lies at a dif e range of possible scale.ree that personality Most psychologists ag . each with its own is defined by five traits trait. But person who is more rel cepts do not cover these simple con lity. all aspects of persona Conscientiousn ess Organized Careful Self disciplined Disorganized Careless Weak willed 141 . One com defin A person who is system is the type uch as the girl dynamic and pushy—s and the type B in the above pictures— axed. every one sliding scale. This gives a wid t counts for the almos combinations and ac n personalities. infinite variety of huma t Five-way spli Neuroticism Worried Insecure Self-pitying Calm Secure Self-satisfied Extroversion Sociable Fun loving Affectionate Shy Serious Reserved Openness Imaginative Independent Prefers variety Down-to-earth Conforming Prefers routine Agreeableness Helpful Softhearted Trusting Unhelpful Ruthless Suspicious Simple systems ys of wa People often use simple mon ing personality.

like to try 22 Would youskydiving.” There a r “not re no right or wrong answe choose the an rs—just swer that you think best des you and then cribes follow the ins tructions belo up your score w to and see what your results re add veal.” o sure. But how well do you know yourself? Take this personality test and find out more.142 WHA ABOUT YOU? T Everyone is a mix of emotions. white-water rafting? BRAIN GAMES For each ques tions. do you usually finish it? 30 Do you feel anxious easily? 10 Do you feel sorry for people who are unhappy? 11 Do you usually manage to stay calm under pressure? 12 Would you usually “forgive andyou? forget” when someone upsets think 13 Do youshy? others would describe you as have a plan 14 Do you usuallyweekends? for what you will do on Do you make sure your room is 15 neat and clean? Do you rarely have arguments with 16 other people? 17 Do you like exploring unfamiliar places? scared of 18 Are youthink aboutwhat other people might you? 19 Do you ever offer to help with the laundry? you 20 Dorebel?consider yourself to be a 21 Do you usually do things to the best of your abilities? . answer “yes. habits.” “no. orbungee jumping. and traits— put them all together and you get your own unique personality. Personali ty test 1 Do you like doing things that are a bit dangerous? tell someone 2 Are you afraid tolike them? when you don’t 3 Do you enjoy having long phone conversations? 4 Are you good at remembering birthdays? Would you rather hang out 5 in a large group than with one or two good friends? you very 6 Arecriticism? sensitive to Do easily 7newyou get boredkeep with hobbies and st tarting new ones? 8 Do you enjoy meeting new people? Do you usually do your homework y on time? t find 23 Do yousmallthat you often get angry about things? Does your music and fashion taste 24 change often? Do you trust people easily? 25 26 Do you enjoy any artistic or creative hobbies? speak up if you 27 Would you with someone? disagreed e 28 Do you think you are carefree and relaxed? 29 When you start a book.

28 “not sure” to cientiousness ot sure. 23. They can also be a little fussy. or doing chores. 17 ints if you answ 14 and 1 point ered “no” ism: Score 2 po o” to question 26. Agreeableness A high score means you are easy to get along with and very cooperative. 23. Neuroticism If your score was high. . Score 2 poin to 7.” u answered 6. you are likely to be emotionally sensitive and high strung. You can be open as well as neurotic or a conscientious extrovert. ore 2 points if ints if you 2. and 22. People who are conscientious try to do their best in everything and are often very neat and organized. 19 more = high. and . and 9 or questions 4.swered “yes. Score 2 po 20. If your score was low. A low score usually means you are a calm and relaxed type who rarely gets emotional. upset. Neurotic . ered “yes” to if you questions 7. 24. 4–8 = med ality traits—th “yes” 3 or less = erent person you answered about the diff ore 2 points if er it should Sc if you Now read e. 9. 18. 13. Introverts can often be shy. 8. 8. Extroversion Extroverts love talking to people and are very confident. You may have one hobby that you are absorbed in. Add up yo ium. 16. or excited more easily than others do. Scor descri to question 13 d 22. Scor ered to questions . and hard working.” to questions ure out y “not g you answered How to fi and 1 point if ered “yes” to Personality types Openness If you are very open. 18. Most people become more agreeable as they get older. The opposite of an extrovert is an introvert. 15. you probably prefer to be in familiar surroundings and like routine. 5. 21. Openness: Sc 26. 20 30 sure. If your score was low. Introverts prefer to be socialize with one or two good friends rather than a big group of people of people who they might not know. you like to experience new things and you welcome change. Everyone has a little of each of the five personality types. 17. 10. Conscientiousness A high score means that you are sensible. higher your sc e 1 point if you be you! to questions 1. and 30. very dull. 3. and 29. You might get worried. 14. 25. You prefer spur-ofthe-moment decisions to making plans.” to Cons ered “n ity trait: int if you answ each personal “yes. and ts if you answ answered “n . 1. an answered “no” ” to questions sure answered “not 143 .” and 1 po ur scores for .” if you an our scoreAgreeableness: Score 2 points sure. 24. 5. e low. ts if you answ : Score 2 poin 6. 11. and you probably have a number of hobbies that you dip in and out of. you answ and 27. They crave excitement and fun and are often thrill seekers who like danger. and e 1 point if yo answered “not 11 or 28. If your score was low. you may be a little disorganized and find finishing homework. reliable. 12. but in varying amounts. perhaps you can be argumentative or too outspoken. the bett Extroversion: Score 2 points ore for each on 3. Each of the five traits is independent from the others.

and you’re more likely to have a male br brain. too. frame and saddle. both male and female. Do you understand written information more easily than maps and diagrams? The bike test People with predominantly male brains are better at noticing small details than those with female brains. When a friend is upset. If you had a high level of testosterone before you were born. Do you notice the big picture rather than the little details? 3. 1. and one important influence is the brain. with a ng. BRAIN GAMES TICK? We all behave in different ways. Those with a female brain are more likely to draw something that could never work as a bike but may include a rider. your ring finger is usually longer than your index finger. do you feel upset. Do you pay attention to someone’s body language when they’re talking to you? 4. to draw a bicycle from memory in 30 seconds. but it is present in girls. . Some psychologists believe that there are two main types of brains—male and female—each with different skills. A good way to demonstrate this is to ask a selection of friends.or female-type skills. Are you happier when you are talking about people you know rather than about television and computer games? 5.144 WHA MAKES YOU A T Check your fingers Testosterone is the male sex hormone (a body chemical that causes changes in the body). Compare their drawings. Ring finger Index finger Male or female brain? Answer these quick questions and then turn to page 189 to find out whether you have male. Have you also noticed that some people are full of energy when others are thinking of going to bed? Why is this? Find out more about how your brain affects your behavior with these exercises. too? 2. People with a male brain tend to draw bikes that are fairly close to the real thing.

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. ds y ies— of in uen o sh for e ou of the pr a roo ce b own xam a d sme to oduc m sm ehavi that ple. It includes primitive instincts and urges i inherited from our distant ancestors but also your own o perceptions and memories.O rf fu T er ffe sse ay r ess pow ple su —illne as str ick m hey o s s h tt h pe esse are suc tha illn blems le who icine” thoug pro .by the conscious part of your brain. P sme ese e l n a e ni f th up a muc g fai ople ls can rch e r fter h m ntly wh oom th oe or of ha ey ha e like clea at sn nin ve ly os g cen eaten t. er will cu ngred . Some i nd lth tic l d ne ious mi on hea osoma menta er h y gi sc b ce th a yc 148 . e beco eco aware of the cause. If you become ause. the aware of the cause. Pe Carl Jung Swiss psychologist Carl Jung believed in the collective unconscious—a mass of buried memories inherited from our ancestors. his theory has been displaced by other ideas. Sce rce n p un t is a ti con po on of gra sciou werf the ss r s m ul tr ha coun emin emor igger infl s als try. rob roblem oft goes away o oblem f ften fte oes way. peop “med . ause use use e. since Jung’s death in 1961.. R ay in ll tha clean ts ar elli or. myths. sometimes in strange ways. aft e i t ffec tive iev bel no ac cebo e la as it h the p lled ca ss ve a ne ll can ha . He thought this explained the ghost stories. and fairy tales that are part of every culture. However. m Some men Som ment problem Some ment l pro lems Some mental problems me me ental ent rob ems have have an unconscious have an unconscious av ve unc unconscious unco ious unc uncon nconsc ncon cause. yo becom cause I you become cause. Im e unconl influen rom ps caused n the o over h s ec . These color your personality e and affect your decisions. A lot of mental activity is unconscious—or it is until you n become aware of it. even his is a m d T han taking re the ients. the ware th cause re he cau cause c pro l m of en goe away problem often goes away problem often goes away.

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which it uses to form a story. . You realize how crazy the story is only when you wake up. Your brain seems to have a large collection of images. floods. or rain. but there is no evidence that dreams really work like this. One minute you are riding through the house on a horse and the next minute you and the horse are having lunch. sleepers sprayed lightly with cold water said they dreamed of bathing. it might be because you want to escape from your normal life. Dreams usually link together a whole series of strange events. If a cat is yowling outside your bedroom window. you might dream about someone singing really badly! In one test.150 Scrambled events Links with reality A dream often turns out to be your sleeping brain’s explanation of something that is really happening. This idea was once an important part of a therapy called psychoanalysis. If you were to dream of being on a desert island. Hidden meanings The images that appear in dreams may be g symbolic of something else.

Prophetic dreams
Some people suffer from a sleep disorder where they get up and do things such as dressing, bathing, or even using the vacuum cleaner— but without waking up. Afterward, they cannot remember what they have done. Sleepwalking is not a form of dreaming, because it occurs during a different phase of sleep.

Sleepwalking

Mental housekeeping
Most scientists now agree that dreams are part of the brain’s housekeeping activities. As you sleep, your brain sorts out the events that have happened during the day and commits many of them to long-term memory. In the process, it triggers other memories, and these get knitted together into dreams.

Some people believe that dreams predict the future. In fact, most dreams simply reflect our concerns, and sometimes these coincide with real events. If you are worried about being told off by your teacher, you are likely to dream about it. So if your teacher does tell you off the next day, your dream has come true!

Some of our strangest experiences happen in our dreams. We all have dreams—even if we don’t remember them very well—so we know how illogical and strange they can be. Yet dreams also conjure up people and events that we recognize from our normal waking lives. Scientists are still trying to understand the meaning of dreams and why we have them.

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Emotional intelligence
Our ability to control and make use of emotion is sometimes seen as a form of intelligence. The man below is using his emotional intelligence to recognize his friend’s unhappiness and comfort her. This is a social skill that also raises awareness of your own emotions.

Controlling emotion
As we grow, the part of the brain responsible for conscious control grows, too, and we learn to control our emotions. The man on the right below is annoyed by his neighbor eating popcorn, but he is managing to stop himself from getting angry.

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Complex emotions o
As well as the six basic emotions, we also experience up to 30 complex emotions p such as guilt, irritation, alarm, pride, c envy, and love. Many of these are related v to the complexities of human society. They are less automatic, involving more e thought—although emotions such as love can still seem difficult to control. e

Crying
As far as we know, only humans cry. o Crying in distress produces tears s and a distinctive facial expression. e Tears with a different expression can also be caused by joy, especially s among adults. This may indicate that the mental wiring for distress and joy is connected. 153

Mahatma

Gandhi
Rude awakening

We do not often link politics with genius. Yet some political figures have the genius to see problems in a new way and use this insight to change history. One of the greatest was Mahatma Gandhi, the leader of the Indian independence movement. He pioneered resistance to authority by nonviolent mass civil disobedience—an idea that inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the world.

Born in 1869 in Gujarat, India, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi studied to become a lawyer. In 1893, he went to work in South Africa on a 12-month contract and came face-to-face with racism when he was thrown off a train for refusing to give up his first-class seat. He became a political agitator, staying in South Africa to help resident Indians obtain the right to vote.
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Nonviolent protest
In 1906, the South African government tried to force resident Indians to carry registration cards. Gandhi called on Indians to defy the law but not use violence. During a seven-year campaign, thousands were jailed, beaten, or even shot— yet Gandhi stood firm. Eventually this harsh treatment of peaceful protesters forced the government to negotiate with Gandhi. Nonviolent protest had won its first victory.

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Great soul
Gandhi returned to British-ruled India in 1915 and became involved in the independence struggle. He campaigned against the unfair taxation of poor villagers, earning the name Mahatma, or “great soul.” He always advocated nonviolent protest, even after the 1919 Amritsar Massacre in which British-commanded soldiers opened fire on an unarmed gathering, killing at least 379 people. 154

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When faced with dangerous situations, it is important to feel some level of fear. If you were not afraid of road traffic, for example, you might get knocked down by a car or truck. Fear triggers physical reactions that give you superpowers, so you can run away from a fierce dog and even jump over a fence to escape. However, many of the situations that frighten us in modern life do not require this type of physical response, and the fear can lead to stress-related illnesses.
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Supercharged
When the fear response is activated, your adrenal glands release chemicals such as adrenaline into your bloodstream. These chemicals combine with nerve signals to push up your breathing rate, increase the blood supply to your muscles, and intensify your awareness. You are briefly supercharged with the strength you need to survive.

Fight or flight
Fear is related to anger, and between the two they trigger the “fight or flight” response. This might give you the strength to wrestle a crocodile, but if you didn’t have faith in your chances, it would also enable you to run away. The same response might also prompt you to rescue someone trapped in a burning building.

This uses up the chemicals that are supposed to help you fight or escape and makes you feel better. They include deep breathing exercises.Wound up Many of the events that frighten us in modern life cannot be easily resolved. so he just gets more upset. Exercise also encourages other parts of the brain to produce chemicals called endorphins that improve your state of mind and combat the effects of stress. These can trigger a relaxation response. There is nothing he can do. meditation. 157 . Caught by his enemies. and yoga. This type of stress can cause serious illness. which works like an antidote to the fear response and helps you calm down. Working it off When you get stressed. one way of dealing with the problem is to work it off with physical exercise. our hero is more worried about how his boss will react than anything else— and he cannot fight or run away from his boss. Relaxation Many people use relaxation techniques to reduce the effects of fear-related stress.

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Many are harder to define and more difficult to pick up. the eyes smile. Acting Actors are judged by their ability to y express emotions that they do not really feel. Faking it We all try to conceal our emotions sometimes. like jumping for joy or slumping in defeat. Sometimes they do this so well that they get completely carried away. Th ese reacti can be mo ons nitored us ing electr “lie detec onic tors”—bu t good liars stay calm can and fool th e system. But the difference between a real smile and a fake one is obvious if you see them side by side—in a real smile.” involves actors becoming immersed in the thoughts and emotions of the characters they are playing. Lie de tectio n Your emo tions tend to trigger reactions certain if you are lying. so one performance technique. too. This can be difficult. known as “the Method. 159 . You rate and b r heart reathing s peed up a you tend to nd sweat. Some are obvious. Some people in public life make it their business to smile all the time. The confident body language but sad expression above gives a strange mixed message. but we can often read such body language anyway— especially when someone’s expression doesn’t match up. We try not to look bored when visiting relatives or try to look happy when we are sad. rain.A real smile looks different rea re eal ks differe fferent fferen f fro from fa from a fake one bec r because it is ecause contr co tro ed controlled by a different rolled differen ffere fferent f part of the bra rt brain. Body language Our body postures say a lot about how we are feeling.

too. and contempt. happiness. sadness. C C D D E Figuring faces Facial expressions often speak louder than words. because you don’t realize what you are doing. B A Fake smiles A real smile spreads across your whole face. while a fake smile is often mistimed. In fact. surprise. crooked. and leaves the eyes expressionless. F E 160 F . your body language often reveals a lot more than you want it to. Study the faces above and then see if you can match them to these six different emotions: anger. disgust. Look at these six faces and see if you can sort the sham smiles from the genuine ones.BRAIN GAMES BODY TALK A B It’s not only your words that say a lot about you—your facial expressions and the way you move your body do. Try these exercises and then check your answers on page 189 to see how good you are at reading emotions.

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All habits are formed e t l t by repetition. but despite this. apply the k o soap. You automatically do it. a c . So when you start brushing your teeth. and tobacco. but people can also become addicted to things like sugary foods and chocolate. 162 Programmed behavior m Habits are formed by repeated pa m atterns of behavior creating nerve networks in the br rain. do you stop to think how to get them wet. because it’s a habit. k o c y Addiction The most destructive habits are called addictions. they just can’t stop—they are stuck with a bad habit. The addictions that get in the news involve illegal drugs. they can get sick. use it to clean your skin. It’s also useful. which programs your brain so that you behave e o c o a like a robot—and once formed. b the habit program takes over to complete the job. o u t ti ll i l i t’ It unlike bad habits such as nail biting. and then rinse it off? Probably o o n d e not. the program ned runs by itself. These work like the simple programs used in an appliance like a washing machine—once it is turn on. When you wash l b t o your hands. alcohol. they can be very difficult to break. If they keep eating them.We all have habits that help us get through life.

which you might otherwise forget. it helps ensure that you do it even if you’re thinking about something else. When a driver sees a red light. e t but often the best tactic is to replace a bad habit with a e less damaging one. because they are thinking about something else. Time may help. Sometimes this e doesn’t matter much.Useful routine Every day you do things without thinking much about them. ready a to be reactivated by the relevant trigger. for example. A lot p of people bite their fingernails or pick their noses. Breaking a bad habit g A bad habit can be difficult to break because it is wired n into your brain. an Triggers and prompts Most habits are triggered by external signals. You can sometimes think up your own ways of prompting useful habits—putting your toothbrush somewhere obvious might prompt you to use it. They o often do not know that they are doing it. it’s very easy to pick up bad habits. it makes him or her perform a series of actions that stops the car. It is like an instinct. although it can be irritating for others. because they are part of your daily routine. So habits are valuable when they make life easier and encourage you to do the things that you need to do. the wiring is still there. Bad habits Unfortunately. But some bad habits ca be very damaging. 163 . If something like washing your face becomes a habit. Even if you manag to overcome a bad ge habit for several months.

and you are more likely do it perfectly when it matters. doesn’t it? This feeling can help you win. Confidence Confidence is vital to winning. but when physical skills are evenly matched. Visualization Get in the right frame of mind by recalling the sensation of success. you need to set yourself goals. 24 people had their arms strength tested before an arm-wrestling match. but this means that someone has to lose. This will increase your confidence.Most people who take up a sport are trying to win. The difference is usually put down to fitness and ability. your short-term goal could be to achieve a faster time than before—regardless of who wins the race. The same is probably true of life. visualize yourself moving smoothly through the activity. for example. 164 . and this has been proved by research. But don’t go for the long-term goal of being the champion— you need short-term personal targets that you can try to hit every day. Imagine yourself accepting the prize for first place—it feels good. In one study. In ten out of 12 contests. Also. before the event. If you are a cyclist. The researchers deceived the competitors into believing that the weaker participants were the stronger ones. the weaker wrestlers won! Setting goals To get anywhere. the winner is often the competitor who has the right mental attitude.

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and some owls can use sound alone to pinpoint mice in total darkness. The part of the brain that does this processing has become hugely enlarged in the human brain. The brains of these animals have a lot of mental processing power. However. r however prim o mitive. pushing the n human forehead forward compared to our monkeylike ancestors. the main job of the brain is to process data from the senses.HOW WE GOT O OW G OUR BRAINS RA Sensory tent enso e tacles Gather inform a mation that must be proc cessed by a brain of some kind. This function is often more highly developed than it is in humans. e because once an animal start mal starts using only one end of itself to nd explore its world. ouped e The sense organs nee a nerve e need center to process their signals and o t send instructions to the rest of the struction f body. behind your forehead—the a prefrontal cortex. but compared to us. So it is likely that its t structure has also changed. It has expanded in n size throughout our evolution. sna b dedicated to A large part of this owl’s brain is and ears— decoding the signals from its eyes r. The evolution of the evolutio brain began with the develop gan developm pment of a “front end to the body front end” he body. it is used in different ways. The most primitive animals do not have brains. The part of the brain that seems to be the main intellectual processing centre is the bulge at the front. making it an extremely efficient hunte Monkey Intellect central Super senses For most animals. Human Hea ads and tail ls Simple animals like jellyfis do not ea jellyfish sh have brains because they hav no t the have ve heads or tails. This uses information from o the senses to form judgments. But most animals t h have brains of some kind to process sensory signals and en enable them to respond to their surroundings. a study of u the brains of baboons—large monkeys—has e shown that the human prefrontal cortex is r not much bigger than theirs relative to the e rest of the brain. its sense organs rld. make choices. One part in particular—the prefrontal cortex—has expanded d to give us our capacity for abstract thought. with no ce central control area to direct its actions. 168 . A dog has a much greater ability than humans to identify scents. A jellyfish has only a network of nerve fibers extending over its body. become grouped at that end. and predict future events. So even a snail has a brain.

Instinct and thought
For a shark, the taste of blood in the water means only one thing— food! For a human, it could mea mean several things: “Have I cut my myself? Is it someone else’s blood? Where od is the closest doctor? Will a shark Wi detect it? Help!” The difference is fference f that a shark doesn’t giv th blood esn’t give the much thought but acts on instinct. ought nstin By contrast, humans tend to think ontr nk about everything and may think so ou mu much that they suppress instincts that are crucial to survival.

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g n y Why and when did we get so rains e intelligent? Our big br o r probably evolved as our ually social nature gradu to develop drove us to develop ility language. The abi b to talk and plan became t useful, so smart people successful more suc were more succ en a and had more children. ms This process seem to have st t iven gi n rise to the firs human lis, habil whi pecies, Homo habilis, which sp e volved from a more primitive ev a ance apelike ancestor around ago 3 2.3 million years ago.

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Ho Homo habilis Known as Homo habilis, n wn Hom or “handy man,” because r ” e they were the first to h make stone tools.

By 160,000 years ago, our own species— Homo sapiens—had evolved in Africa, and by 60,000 years ago, humans had spread across most of the globe. Compared to humans today, t these people led primitive lives, but they needed mitive to be smart to survive. Studies of their sk skulls show that their brains were probably just like ours, and they would have been just as capable of operating complex devices like computers if they had them. They have left evidence of their intelligence in the rock art that still survives in the p pla places where they lived. 169

Char les

Darwin
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English naturalist Charles Darwin revolutionized d the way we see the living world. His theory of evolution by natural selection showed that competition for scarce resources led to species changing constantly through “the survival of the fittest.” Published in 1859, the theory was a flash of genius backed up by a mass of evidence—the product of inspiration and a lot of hard work.

Distracted student
Born in England in 1809, Darwin went to the University of Cambridge to study for the church, but he was much more interested in studying nature. He became friends with John Stevens Henslow, a professor of botany, and Adam Sedgwick, one of the founders of modern geology. In 1831, he was on a geology field trip with Sedgwick when Henslow suggested that he join the survey ship HMS Beagle as “ship’s naturalist” on an expedition to chart the coastline of South America.

When Darw When Darwin’s great theory was published rwin’s gre theory was published, rw rea eory eat ed, his friend T. H. Huxley said, “How extre ely fri friend r ey extremel extremely xtr stupid of me not to have thought of that!” ve t!
The Beagle voyage
The voyage lasted five years, and while the crew charted the coastal waters, Darwin spent most of his time on land. He explored South America, where he found fossils of giant extinct animals. He visited the Galápagos Islands, where he saw that the animals on neighboring islands were similar but slightly different. He wondered if they might have changed over time—or evolved.

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At first it has a simple cell structure that can control only the basic survival functions. The brain reaches b peak weight in early adulthood and then starts to shrink. But every new stimulus to the senses triggers the restructuring of nerve cells into the networks that store i f t k th t t information and ti d enable us to think. however. Beginnings During the early stages of a baby’s development in the womb. so at birth the brain contains almost all the nerve cells that it will ever have. these cells are rearranged into increasingly complex networks n that allow us to learn and remember. But at around 11 weeks. Making connections During the months after birth. until at birth it looks like a smaller version ion of a mature human brain. just like these spare girders being tossed into a Dumpster. Inactivated cells are allowed to die off—a process that starts at the age of around four and continues for the rest of your life. Like the girders below. it starts economizing on nerve cells. Trimming down Once the brain is up and running. with all the “primitive” parts well formed. the brain forms at the end of a tube of cells that l eventually becomes the spinal cord.GROWS 3 weeks 7 weeks 11 weeks HOW THE BRAIN Most of the development of the brain takes place before a a baby is born. they are rearranged into a new. During childhood. the cerebrum starts t to expand. because inactive brain cells have no function and simply waste energy. At first it resembles e the brain of a fish. 172 7 . more complex form. This does not affect the brain’s efficiency. So they are thrown away. the brain develops fast.

in many people.000 nerve cells nerve cells erv ells rv rve per minute. so sufferers can Damaged brain cell no longer think properly. you definitely know more e about the world and are able to make better decisions.. you often become less able to learn new skills that are not connected to the things you already know. which cuts off the blood supply to part of the brain. Solving problems may seem like hard work. or even younger. But once you pass the age of 25. the brain e gradually gradually loses weight. scientists. rn the brain develops the brain develops rai eve ra deve vel ve elo at the rate of ra 250. This may reflect the y fact that. Use it or lose it There is plenty of evidence that intellectual challenges help slow down the decline of the brain during old age. causing some of the brain tissue to die. which makes brain cells like these become tangled up and stop working. o r But this mental decline is not n an inevitable process. through the loss of brain cells. and political activists who keep working well past normal retirement age often show very few signs of mental aging until the last few months of life. but it probably keeps your brain fit and healthy. Others may get Alzheimer’s disease. mostly r weight ht. People such as musicians.Older and wiser? At times during es duri ring the growth of growth rowt w an unborn baby. Nelson Mandela Structural failure Some unlucky people suffer brain damage in old age. 173 . Some may suffer a stroke. er minute e As you get older.

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m tes Hippocra ysician Hippocrates. the area that is affected is precisely located and recorded. which uses a beam of e radiation to destroy the o cells that cause cancerous e brain tumors. pes of skul with certain ty 175 .E. ound 460–37 scribed lived from ar surgery. who ek ph ient Gre wrote Anc 0 B. acy Radiotherapy r Some brain disease can be treated by therapies that don’t involve cutting into the brain. He de texts on brain many ures and s such as seiz ental problem m mptoms of gnized the sy spasms. and this has increased the o accura and effectiveness of brain surgery. brain surgeons can reach s damaged areas without harming nearby tissues. Premotor cortex fro fr Prefr ntal cortex m Primary motor cortex ory Primary sens cortex ry Sensory at association rtex co ua Visu l oc asso iation ex corte l Primary visua cortex c Broca’s r area Primary x or auditory corte Auditory rtex association co Wernicke’s area Dis scovery and learnin ng When a brain surg geon operates on a patient’s brain. The beam is precisely targeted on e the basis of a computer p simulation. As a i s result. as seen here (right).C.Surgical precision n Thanks to three-dimensional computer-aided guidance systems. reco on patients . It is painless but s has to be repeated several times. They can operate precisely with l the aid of remote-controlled microscopes— o shown in use here—and fiber-optic lighting. we now under rstand a lot more about the function of various parts of the brain. and operated head injuries l fractures.. They include radiotherapy.

w and icki s tu food foo hic ben ng u be i d f h it din p a s rom us g p the es t it int iece op oa tub e. Chimpanzees. for example. Some insects. you probably think it is intelligent. ull . use carefully selected straws and sticks to pick edible termites from their nests. a chimp will carefully peel back the bark until it is just the right size. We expect them x to use the instincts that are programmed into their brains at birth rather than make use of make the information in their memories to solve s p problems. such as termites. erm es rmites s constr ct amazingly compl construct amazingly complex onstruct struct tru t ruct azi l complex nests nests using instinct alone. find that it is often stolen by squirrels. ju Trick and treat Many stories of animal intelligence i involve their devising ways of l th i d i i f getting at food. Toolmakers Several animals are able to make and use tools—a skill that was d t l kill th t once thought unique to humans. for example. Sometimes it will do something that amazes you. insects. ests es ct e. But some animals do just that. ects cts ter es. Hunger is a powerful motivator.ANI AL I A IMA If you have a dog. 176 Cr ow A c s ar r e pa ow o very ck ffe ca age red brigh p of able in a a sm t bir ho wire of p glas all ds. Some people who put out food for garden birds. But that is because we do u not expect animals to think. The squirrels show amazing ingenuity as they overcome obstacles to break into “squirrel-proof” bird feeders.. If a stick is too thick to poke into the holes in a nest. the ok.

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Step 1 Show your hamster a treat in your hand and then hold it above its head. o Eventually. It is possible to teach s an old dog new tricks. Step 2 Say. While it is eating. T Trick 1 It’s not just dogs that can be taught new tricks—many pets can be taught to do something. You can also do this with other commands. way to spen ach them a co active. Next time your dog yawns. If you repeat this often enough. So here are tw o more tricks to add to the collection of sk ills. This is can easily get ep but they with them. Sit it on your lap with its favorite food and give it a lot of attention. ing! ainment. . Ham-stand e lots of entert ers can provid a good Hamst bored. he or she may already know how to sit. and let your pet get used to wearing it for a while. Try saying “paw” while holding a treat in front of your hamster––it will reach a paw to get it! 178 Yo Young hamsters—around one hamster ers round rs—aro or two months old—are the wo re easies ea es easiest to train. Take your pig for a guinea walk Guinea pigs mig ht not be as smart as dogs . ke d lots of time ol trick. “Are you sleepy?” Do this every time you y you catch him yawning and praise him as he does it. slip the leash on. lie do wn. This gives you the chance to give yo ur pet some exercise an d to show it off to your frie nds. St Step 1 Start by getting a leash small enough for your guinea pig. Even your goldfish can be coached to impress your friends if you train it. your hamster will associate you saying “stand” with a treat and will rise up on command. est tr tra rain. Here are some fun activities to try with all sorts of pets—but you must check with an adult before you start. he will yawn whenever you ask him if he is sleepy. Start by showing h a treat and him then moving it around your body so th he follows it. and beg.BRAIN GAMES New trick s for old dogs If you have a d og. hat Reward him with the treat h and congr ratulate him. ask him. “Stand” until your hamster reaches up on two legs to get the treat and give it lots of praise once it does. but they are intelligent en ough to be trained to wal k on a leash. but d they may not learn as quick as when they kly w were young. and te them T Trick 2 k You can also teach your dog to wa or run around alk you in circ cles. stay.

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Many products such as cars are even r made by robots. and they can’t learn. The computers never forget anything vital and the robots never get tired.180 Most of us use machines such as computers and s calculators that seem to be able to do things better than we can. n . n Tireless robots Many factories now use robots to o work on production lines. because they don’t know how to do anything else. but it’s inefficient compared to an intelligent human a player who. A better program might enable it to work more intelligently. will explore only the best moves. But we are finding h n ways of making computers and robots learn from y g p n their mistakes. Computer power If you program a computer or robot to play chess. it runs through a hundreds of thousands of options before making each move. They are controlled by computers that are programmed with all the instructions for the task. and this is enabling some machines to display a form of intelligence. They work fast and they always do it right. This makes them ideal for complex p but repetitive jobs. with experience. But can these machines think? o Mostly they can’t—they simply follow instructions that have been programmed into them by people e e who do the thinking for them. It does this in seconds. But they only y do what they are programmed to do. Yet it’s e not the robot’s fault—it’s the way it’s been programmed.

We might be able to e get simple computers to think intelligently if we only knew how to program them. The machine processes all the facts about the patient’s problem. and comes up with the right treatment. We could end up in a world in which machines are much smarter than we are. figures out what it is. Getting machines to act intelligently is proving very difficult and demands immense computing power— m which just shows how complex our brains are. which can then be used as an electronic expert. 181 . Everything we know r about a subject can be programmed into a machine. Engineers have found ways of making computer circuits automatically do the same thing in response to good or bad results. Intelligent machines can do more than h play chess or make cars. nerve cells in our brains are rewired into new networks. But part of the problem is that we do not really know how human intelligence works. One really useful application is to make use of their excellent o memories. This has already been tried for medical conditions. This means they can “learn” and display what is known as artificial intelligence. Useful applications p Understanding intelligence e Thinking about thinking One day a device with artificial intelligence might be able to find ways of programming itself to think more efficiently. and we cannot replicate something that we do a not understand. This would then lead to even better programming and therefore even smarter thinking.Artificial intelligence t When we learn.

he or she doesn’t know what it is. How does it feel to be the person receiving the instructions? How did you do compared to your friend? 182 . shap ways to make nge here Your challe iend is to guide a fr s to make picture apes. Step 3 Next it is your turn to make a picture based on the instructions of your friend. For example. draw a square on a piece of paper and divide it into seven individual shapes. A machine. These games reveal how difficult it is to give and interpret instructions. can only follow instructions. however. Then color and cut out each shape. “Take the small brown square and place it on its point. your brain weighs up a constant flow of information from your senses and effortlessly decides what to do. Choose a picture from this page. Step 1 Using the tangram below as a guide. Now give your friend precise one-step instructions as to how to arrange the pieces. say. However.BRAIN GAMES PROGRAM YOUR To perform even the simplest task. from these sh FRIEND Step 2 You are going to help your friend make a picture.” This is surprisingly tricky. time : Puzzling You will need is an A tangram e ancient Chines n be puzzle that ca or pens any arranged in m es.

If it doesn’t. One person in each pair must put on a blindfold. they must give clear instructions for retrieving the ball. Set a time e limit of ten minutes s game begins with one blindfolded player holding the ball. He or she is not allowed to say anything during the activity. figure out where things went wrong Step 3 When the time limit is up. Step 1 Draw a picture—it can be an animal or a person such as a clown or a queen. you can switch the blindfold to the other player and start to judge on how good you and your friends were at either listening or giving clear instructions. the object of this task is to direct your blindfolded partner to throw the ball and hit another blindfolded player using simple command s. Now throw.” Step 3 One person then goes out of the room to look at the picture and can only answer questions by saying has to listen to the questions and answers and draw a picture of what he or she thinks is being described. 183 .Picture this How good are your friends at giving clear instructions to achieve a common goal? Find out with y this activity! You will need: Play time! Working in pairs. Place the picture in another room so no one gets to see it. You will need: Several blindfolds Step 1 Get into pairs and stand in a circle. When the ball lands near their partner. Step 4 When the time limit is up.” Or tell them when to duck so that they can defend themselves. such as “Bend down and reach out with your right hand. compare the picture with the original and see how closely it matches. Set a time limit of Step 2 “Move to your right one step. Step 2 Pick one of your friends to recreate the drawing from instructions given by the others.

attention The first stage in committing something to memory by focusing on the moment or on the task at hand. or neuron. cerebrum Another name for the cerebral cortex. logic Sound reasoning that draws correct conclusions from basic facts.” atom The smallest particle of a substance. and thinking. for example. geology The study of rocks. The smallest particle of a substance that can exist without breaking the substance into its component atoms. consists of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. neuron A single nerve cell. cerebellum A part of the brain that helps control balance and movement. evolution The process by which things change slowly into different forms. axon The long fiber that extends from a nerve cell. 184 . limbic system A part of the brain that plays a role in automatic body functions. mimicry Copying the appearance or behavior of another person. or neuron. auditory Having to do with hearing and sound. dendrite A short fiber extending from a nerve cell. Nerve signals pass down the axon in one direction. away from the main body of the cell. bacteria Microscopic organisms with a simple single-celled structure. specialized for different jobs. voluntary movement. hair cell A cell equipped with a tiny flexible “hair” that is attached to nerves. Some substances such as oxygen contain only one type of atom. Many living things such as bacteria consist of only one cell. consciousness A state of mental awareness. Broca’s area The part of the brain that controls speech production. usually applied to living things. which plays an important role in thinking. to stimulate other cells. A single water molecule. motor area The region of the brain responsible for voluntary (controlled) movement of the body. instinct An automatic feeling or action. or impulses. that carries nerve signals from and to all parts of the body and forms networks in the brain. cerebral hemisphere One half of the cerebral cortex. Some types of bacteria can cause disease. also known as a neuron. nerve A bundle of fibers extending from nerve cells (neurons) that carries nerve signals. that picks up signals from other nerve cells. the cerebrum forms most of the human brain. Anything to do with thinking. intellectual association The process by which new memories are linked to memories already stored in the brain. but the human body is made up of many cells. and the sense of smell. intuition Believing that you know something without knowing why. cell The smallest unit of a living thing. conditioning A form of learning in which good or bad experiences create an automatic response to similar experiences. or cerebrum. frontal lobe The front part of each cerebral hemisphere. nerve cell A specialized cell. molecule conscious Being mentally aware. memory.G GLOSSARY anatomy The study of the structure of living things. central nervous system The brain and spinal cord. between the brain and other parts of the body. nerve impulse An electrical signal that passes along the fibers extending from nerve cells (neurons) and carries coded information to the brain or other organs. cerebral cortex The entire wrinkly outer part of the brain that is responsible for sensory processing. hormone A substance released into the blood by a gland that effects change in another part of the body. botany The study of plants. This is sometimes called a “sixth sense. brain stem The region at the base of the brain where it joins the spinal cord. while others like water contain more than one type of atom. emotions.

recall The process of consciously retrieving a memory from the brain. prodigy Someone who displays great talents or abilities at an unusually early age. receptor A structure that responds to a stimulus such as touch. therapy Any treatment designed to relieve physical or psychological illness. philosophy The study of the nature of knowledge. pain. often based on very little evidence. phobia A fear of something that has no rational basis. recognition The process of identifying familiar knowledge when it is presented to you. light. PET scan A medical scanning technique using a system called positron emission tomography. spatial Having to do with shape and space. spinal cord The main bundle of nerve fibers. somatic sensory cortex The part of the brain that analyzes nerve signals from the skin. and temperature.nucleus The control center of a cell. Wernicke’s area The part of the brain that interprets sound and visual data. taste. and joints. olfactory Having to do with the sense of smell. unconscious Having to do with mental activity that does not involve any thought. personality The combination of character traits that makes you an individual. in response to sharp pain. stereotype A fixed idea or image of something. 3-D (threedimensional) The term used to describe objects that have volume. even if the medicine they received was fake. The term is also used to describe the code that controls some biological functions. muscles. It extends from the brain. as seen in a rainbow. It is important in the perception of distance. down to the lower backbone. Often used to describe a machine that resembles a human. parallax A visual effect that makes close objects appear to move more than distant objects when you move your head and eyes. program A list of instructions that directs the operation of an electronic device such as a computer. perspective A visual effect that makes parallel lines such as railroad tracks appear to converge with distance. perception The process of becoming aware of something through your senses. hearing. and all the organs besides the brain. . parietal lobe The part of the brain that interprets touch. or temperature. probably through experience and guesswork rather than true mental communication. placebo effect A psychological response to medical treatment whereby the patient believes that his or her health has improved. retina The sheet of light-sensitive cells at the back of the eye. telepathy The ability to read the mind of another person. prejudice A judgment that is made before examining the facts. spectrum The entire range of visible colors. often used to detect and locate activity in the brain. sensory Having to do with the senses: sight. prefrontal cortex The area of the brain that is most actively involved in thinking. It is linked to the central nervous system. reflex An automatic reaction by nerves that triggers movement—for example. smell. peripheral nervous system The outer network of small nerves that are connected to the muscles. robot A mechanical device that automatically performs a task under the control of a computer. vital to understanding language. with the third dimension of depth as well as the two other dimensions of height and width. thalamus The part of the brain near its base that acts as a relay station for information from all the senses except smell. skin. and touch. psychology The science of the mind.

The shower 2. An injured finger If you got more than six answers right. swimming. recall Step 1 1. Denmark—Copenhagen 10. fish. Argentina—Buenos Aires Step 2 1. Afghanistan—Kabul 8. dog. Russia—Moscow 5. China—Beijing 4. bird. India—New Delhi 4. Running. Israel—Jerusalem 2. His lungs 4. Sweden—Stockholm 5. Japan—Tokyo 8. Germany —Berlin 7. France—Paris 3. Cat. playing soccer 3. Bacon and eggs frying 10. skiing. 78–79 Mastering mazes The one-hand rule Perfect pair Shapes A and F fit together to make the hexagon. A F Right or left? Feel lost? Trial and error 66–67 Do you remember? Recognition vs. your memory is in great shape. One 8. Ireland—Dublin 3. rabbit 9. snail. Italy—Rome 9. Canada—Ottowa 9.ANSWERS 6–7 Your amazing brain Do you remember? 1. Over and under . Greece—Athens Amazing mazes 68–69 Paying attention Spot the difference Who’s who? Freddy is Tortoise B. Red 5. Egypt—Cairo 10. Czech Republic—Prague 6. Fish 7. Iraq—Baghdad 6. Spain—Madrid 2. His cat 6. Netherlands—Amsterdam 7.

23. The right door The prisoner should ask each of the guards. If he asked the guard who always told lies. what would he say?” If the door to freedom is the red one and he asked the guard who told the truth. taking one minute. so there’s no missing money. Rice Who passed the package? Stacey started the game. He then returns. The frustrated farmer The farmer crosses first with the chicken and leaves it on the other side. 90–91 Brainteasers Carnival money The three boys initially paid $10 each. 92–93 Thinking inside the box Tips and tricks 3 6 2 7 9 5 4 1 6 7 8 4 8 3 9 2 5 1 8 1 5 2 6 7 9 3 4 1 9 2 3 5 4 8 9 2 4 5 6 7 6 7 1 3 8 4 2 7 6 8 5 1 9 3 4 7 8 6 3 1 9 6 7 2 5 1 3 5 2 4 8 9 5 9 2 4 7 8 3 1 6 Starter Sudoku 1 2 8 7 6 4 5 9 3 7 5 3 2 1 9 4 8 6 6 4 9 5 3 8 1 7 2 4 2 8 3 5 9 9 3 1 7 8 6 5 7 6 1 2 4 3 2 1 7 6 8 8 5 6 9 1 4 4 9 2 3 5 6 9 1 3 5 3 2 7 4 7 8 8 6 5 4 9 1 Slightly harder 3 5 1 4 2 6 9 8 5 4 7 8 7 1 2 3 6 9 6 7 9 3 5 4 2 8 1 9 1 4 3 2 8 5 1 8 7 4 2 6 6 9 4 3 7 5 8 7 5 2 6 1 9 3 8 2 7 5 6 9 3 4 7 9 6 1 2 4 1 8 2 3 6 1 5 9 8 7 3 5 4 Missing pieces The four missing puzzle pieces are J. Spot the sequence A blue. Two at a time Brother 1 and Brother 2 cross together. because he would know the other guard would lie. and takes the chicken back. G. Brother 1 returns. 1. 2 + 1 + 10 + 2 + 2 = 17. Either way. and F. K. the guard would say the blue door. leaving it with the fox. 40. Pepper 6. 31. taking two minutes. This means the next yellow cupcakes starting a new sequence will be at 16. In the puzzle. Flour 4. Thinking ahead Each part of the sequence begins with two yellow cupcakes and ends with a purple cupcake. picks up the fox. the answer would be the same—they would both reveal the door with the lion behind it. taking two minutes. and a blue flower complete the sequence. then Brother 1 and Brother 2 cross together. Beans 5. taking two minutes. or $30. They are then given $3 back. The father and grandfather cross together. He then swaps the chicken for the grain and takes the grain across. “If I asked the other guard which is the door to freedom. and 100. the guard would lie and say the blue door. A face in the crowd Find the treat She should choose Jar 2. Then he swaps the fox for the chicken so that they are not left together. which means they paid a total of $27 (the $25 entrance fee plus the $2 pocketed by the sales assistant). picks up the chicken. 86. the $2 taken by the assistant is added to the $27 to create confusion. taking ten minutes. Cookies 3. 50. and the number of pink cupcakes in between increases by one each time. and the prisoner should take the other door to freedom. and takes it to the other side. J K 7 2 G What to do F 21 15 17 Now try this 16 7 27 25 15 17 17 19 12 Getting tricky 15 21 11 28 28 4 3 9 13 3 9 14 Perfect pairs 3 5 7 15 8 9 17 13 8 7 9 17 6 15 29 7 9 4 8 9 17 8 16 18 7 9 8 15 8 9 6 3 6 3 5 6 8 3 5 6 7 5 6 7 9 8 28 5 9 8 7 2 6 7 4 4 9 8 14 11 2 1 17 8 3 9 24 8 9 1 8 187 . Brother 2 returns. Lentils 2. The $27 added to the $3 refund equals $30. So the 49th cupcake will be purple and the 100th cupcake will be yellow. 5. 61. an orange. He then returns. 73.80–81 Puzzling patterns All alone The one creature that doesn’t appear twice is the wasp. and 10—the difference between the numbers increases by one each time. and crosses again. so they should get to the train just in time. The yellow cupcakes at the beginning of the sequence are at numbers 1.

102–103 Seeing in 2-D Up and down Basket A will move up and Basket B will move down. Find the shape Shape A shows the remaining pink section. A F Four triangles The pencils are moved into a 3-D shape called a tetrahedron (triangular pyramid) with a triangle at the base and three triangular sides. which gives her 150 points. 5 105 05 7 10 6 8 Pineapple = 5 strawberries Orange = 4 strawberries Apple = 3 strawberries Banana = 2 strawberries Dazzling stars 1 2 3 4 Pieces of eight 888 + 88 + 8 + 8 + 8 = 1. Bottoms up The color of the face-down side in the third picture is green.96–9 Think of a number 97 Puzzli pyramid ing 120 70 44 30 25 5 14 9 26 12 3 50 24 12 9 The weighing game Eleven strawberries balance one pineapple and three bananas. Equal division Boxing clever Box C shows the correct pattern of fruit.000 Multiple fractions The answer is 5. Pass or fail? Susan receives ten points for each of the correct questions. Five into four View from the top Upside-down triangle e The correct overhead position is F. Only one chance 54 x 3 = 162 Flower power Add the three largest numbers and then multiply them with the smallest. and 104–105 Thinking in 3-D Different angles The two matching shapes are A and F. 188 . making a total of 25. But she got five wrong and five points are deducted for each. 150 – 25 = 125 Susan has passed the test.

128–129 Are you a creative spark? A dotty challenge 4—B Natural talent 114–115 Having a word Odd ones out cat and cone stapler and ruler Moon and Sun dolphin and sea horse run and laugh 1—E 5—C 2—D Lateral thinking Riddle A: 3—A Riddle B: Riddle C: Quick comparisons 144–145 What makes you tick? Male or female brain? Like and unlike LIKE 160–161 Body talk Figuring faces A D B E C F Sham smiles Body language A—Dishonesty UNLIKE B—Mimicking C—Dominance Body clock D—Aggression 118-119 Words aloud Fill in the blanks 6—11 points E—Defensiveness 12—18 points F—Submission 19—24 points 189 .

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Hank Morgan 139tl. T. 72fcl. Thomas Deerinck. 148 snakes 61 social skills 116. Bob Rowan/ Progressive Image 76bl. London: Dr Jonathan Clarke 16bl Jacket images: Front: DK Images: g NASA c (earth). Bernard Annebicque 107clb. 41. Ejla 59bc (dog).

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