Backpacking and Brainpower

Does hiking make YOU smarter?

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The neuroscientists behind the cutting-edge research in our May 2012 article “Hiking Makes You Smarter” (on newsstands now) are seeking volunteers who are interested in participating in future studies. Your task? Go backpacking, and take a cognitive test like the one below. Interested in learning more? Fill out the online survey at this site:

Take the Quiz

The Remote Associates Test measures key aspects of higher brain function, such as creativity. Take the following tests before and after your next backpacking trip to see how you do. No cheating! There’s no time limit, but don’t look at the words below—or the answers—until you’re ready to take the test.

(Pretrip test)

1. Bass Complex Sleep

2. Foot Collection Out

3. Blade Witted Weary

4. Gold Stool Tender

5. Coin Quick Spoon

(Post-trip test)

6. Cherry Time Smell

7. Barrel Root Belly

8. Cloth Sad Out

9. Cotton Bathtub Tonic

10. Sore Shoulder Sweat

Click here for the answers.

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