See if you can beat Dr. Jennifer Gardy. But beware: she did extremely well.

The Test

Here’s the challenge: Take the online test and see how many colours you get right and how many mistakes you make.

Remember, you have to say the colour that the word is written in. Do not read the actual word. So when you see the word green written in red ink you have to say “red” not “green.” Because this is counter to your natural inclinations, it will force you to use your willpower.

Dr. Jennifer Gardy’s Results

1st Test – 755 words and 15 mistakes.
2nd Test – 877 words and 15 mistakes

Willpower Exercises

As Dr. Gardy revealed, it doesn’t take a lot to improve your willpower. Here are some simple exercises to try:

  1. Brush your hair with your non-dominant hand. So if you’re a righty, always use your left hand.
  2. Brush your teeth with your non-dominant hand.
  3. Open door with your non-dominant hand.
  4. Eat with your non-dominant hand.
  5. Text with your non-dominant hand

After doing these tests for at least two weeks, try the Stroop Test again and see if you improve.

About the Stroop Test

The Stroop Test is used to measure selective attention, cognitive flexibility and processing speed. It's often used to evaluate the brain's executive functioning. People with brain damage, dementia, ADHD or a variety of mental disorders such as schizophrenia and depression have lower scores.

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