Mind Games: Play With Your Memory
by Staff
The best thing you can do to keep your memory strong is to exercise it regularly, taking care to vary your focus on different kinds of memory to stay brain fit. In this quiz, we'll test your knowledge of the games, facts and possible feats of human memory.

The World Memory Championships give international memory titans the opportunity to show off their skills. When and where was the first championship held?

  • London, 1881
  • Singapore, 2000
  • London, 1991

What area of the temporal lobe is responsible for memory?

  • hippocampus
  • Heschl's convolutions
  • Wernicke's lobe

What is the world memorization record for digits of pi?

  • 93,004 digits
  • 67,890 digits
  • 51,250 digits

How long do most scientists believe the average child's attention span to be, in minutes?

  • about twice the child's age
  • about half the child's age
  • about equal to the child's age

What is the world record for longest number sequence memorized in one minute?

  • 132 digits
  • 354 digits
  • 680 digits

Memory often declines with age. What is the peak age for facial recognition?

  • teens
  • 20s
  • 30s

Which literary mainstay also invented and patented a historical memory game?

  • Benjamin Franklin
  • Mark Twain
  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

What is the shortest recorded Windows Solitaire game?

  • 6 seconds
  • 16 seconds
  • 21 seconds

What is the American record for memorizing a shuffled deck of playing cards?

  • 63 seconds
  • 51 seconds
  • 36 seconds

What's the official record for simultaneous opponents in a blindfolded chess game?

  • 68 opponents
  • 45 opponents
  • 26 opponents