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The human brain is a fascinating and complex system, the operating system that controls our thoughts, actions, and reactions. Have fun and test the capabilities of your own brain using these entertaining visual illusions.

Contrary to popular belief, we don’t use just a small portion of our brains, however, it’s a myth that is widely accepted. Engineer, Neuroscientist, and co-founder of Halo Neuroscience, Brett Wingeier, Ph.D. explains, “This misconception came about because the brain is so adaptable that sometimes minor damage causes only subtle problems. The fact is, most of your brain is constantly working – to sense, process, think, move, and even dream.” From brushing your teeth to making dinner, working out to sleeping, your brain is constantly hard at work.

As a society, we stress the importance of adequate physical activity, recognizing the importance of exercise for our overall health and well-being. Exercise can lower your risk of disease, improve balance, manage your weight, protect your joints, strengthen your bones and more!

However, when was the last time you put serious consideration into exercising your brain? Scheduling some time into your daily schedule to exercise and challenge your brain is not only fun and entertaining, but it can also help to prevent the cognitive decline that we often associate with aging. With the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reporting that an estimated 16 million Americans are living with cognitive impairment, there is no time better than the present to start exploring your options!

Looking for something that’s both entertaining and effective?  Why not try brain teasers and optical illusions? After all, studies reveal that the real secret is to enjoy our efforts. It not only inspires you to try hard, but it also makes it easier to stick to your plans! Ken Langa, MD, Ph.D. advises his patients to “stay connected to people and activities that they like to do, because that will help keep their brains active and engaged.” When was the last time you enjoyed an optical illusion?

Here are 12 illusions to test your brain:

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