Brain exercise: what do you see?

Young-old What do you see?-If you see an old lady, can you also see a young lady?
-If you see a young lady, can you also see an old lady?

Both are there! Lesson: there are frequently different, and equally valid, ways to read a situation. We better listen to complementary perspectives and ensure constructive teamwork.

Enjoy the day.

If you liked this brain teaser, you will enjoy these Top 10 Brain Teasers and Games, with a neuroscience angle.



  1. Melissa said

    This is a fantastic eye-brain trick and no matter how many times i try it, it always remains enjoyable! What a sobering reminder it is, also, that our brain will determine what we “see”. We must always retain an understanding that what we know is simply the amalgamation of what our senses have perceived and the way in which our brain has organized it all! Two fun things that this brings to mind…
    1) Those posters that we all used to do, where you have to stare at the poster long and hard enough until shapes emerge from the confusing background. Perhaps this is more related to eyesight and visual processing, but that’s part of the brain too!
    2) A FANTASTIC book, on the powers of the brain: Phantoms in the Brain, by V.S. Ramachandran, M.D. Ph.D. and Sandra Blakenee. A FANTASTIC read!

  2. Alvaro said

    Melissa, thanks for the thoughts. Yes, it is sobering.

    I read that book, and really enjoyed it. Would you recommed another one by V.S. Ramachandran?

  3. […] My favorite section of the sharpbrains blog is the brain exercises section. This section, which is updated with a new brain puzzles every few days, has you shuffle around different parts of your brain – sometime doing estimates and calculations, sometimes interesting word exercises, and my favorite is that Alvaro puts up many visual puzzles, such as the penny question, the Stroop test, and the classic old-lady/young-lady (see the post for an explanation of the below image): […]

  4. george-b said

    Reblogged this on euzicasa and commented:
    Brain exercise: what do you see? It takes a few seconds until you can shift your attention from one image to the other (there are two, I promise). You can actually feel the shifting in your head) (quite cool!)

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