Brain-y Word Scramble

Here at the Dana Foundation, we take brain research very seriously, but that doesn’t mean we don’t like to have fun, too! The staff at the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives has come up with some great brain puzzles and games over the years, which we plan to highlight the last Wednesday of every month in this blog.

So, take a break and see if you can solve the following word scramble. And remember, in addition to posing a fun challenge, exercising your mind with puzzles may help maintain cognitive function.


Our brains are essential to us because they make us who we are—and they also help us perform the "higher functions" that make us human.

Starting with each letter to the left, see if you can unscramble the rest of the letters to fill in these five higher functions that the brain can perform—and imagine what life would be like if our brains couldn’t do them!

B_ _ _ _ _ _                                                                                                                                 L C A N A E (to walk upright)

R_ _ _ _ _ _ _                                                                                                                             M E E M R E B (to know where you’re going)

A_ _ _ _ _ _                                                                                                                                 Z Y L A N E (to understand information)

I_ _ _ _ _ _                                                                                                                                  E I G N M A (to foresee what might happen)

N_ _ _ _ _                                                                                                                                     E I O T C (to observe the things around you)

–Ann L. Whitman

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