Finding The Difference In The Pictures Is A Great Challenge For Lots Of Adults And Kids

Date October 14, 2017

We usually think of a "spot the difference" game as a nice way to entertain and teach kids. But in fact, these fun and easy puzzles are great for both children and adults. Furthermore, scientists use an advanced form of the game to identify a cognitive decline in seniors.

So, what does your brain do when you play this fun and entertaining game?

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How does it work?

According to Pascale Michelon, Ph. D., there are at least four tasks your brain accomplishes simultaneously when you are looking for a difference between two seemingly identical pictures:

- it identifies all objects in the pictures, using the occipital lobe;

- it analyzes the spatial relationships between different objects in the images (occipital and parietal lobes);

- it remembers what you see in the first picture and compares it to the objects in the second one (frontal and parietal lobes);

- it marks down the location of spotted differences (frontal lobe).

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As you can see, even though spotting a difference between two pictures seems to be a pretty simple task, it is not that easy for your brain.

Using a kids' game as a diagnostic tool

Curiously, playing a "spot the difference" game may be used for identifying the decline in a person's mental ability. To accomplish the main task of this simple and fun game, you should concentrate, think, and use your memory.

A group of scientist from Japan developed an improved a traditional version of this game. The method, which they called Spot the Difference for Cognitive Decline (SDCD), is meant to help detect a cognitive decline at early stages.

According to the results that were published in the Journal of Clinical Gerontology and Geriatrics, participants with cognitive impairment had lower SDCD scores. Furthermore, the results are correlated with the results of the Folstein test, which is commonly used for measuring a person's cognitive impairment.

Test your brain

So, do you want to see how sharp your brain is? Below is another variation of this popular puzzle. Check the picture and try to find the one couple that is different from the rest.

Did you find it?

Check the picture below to see the right answer.

Anyway, do not take the results of it too seriously. After all, it's just a silly childish game. Instead, share this entertaining puzzle with your friends and family. Ask them to test how attentive they are.

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