September 15, 2014 (Vol. 34, No. 16)
Strong Points: Visitors participate in research through short tests
Weak Points: Only seven tests on site
Do you want to do brain teaser-like puzzles and help science at the same time? The Test My Brain website allows site visitors to participate in seven tests, each of which represents an active area of research in cognitive neuroscience. The tests are short, ranging from estimated completion times of 5 to 20 minutes…the perfect duration for a web-surfing break during a long day in lab. The tests range from solving puzzles, to face recognition, to assessments of what you value, to continuous concentration. In addition to the seven tests, the website also includes a companion blog that covers related research topics. Although it’s unfortunate that the number of tests on the website is small, this page is definitely worth a visit if you’re looking to kill a few minutes and contribute to research at the same time.