Think you’re smarter than a 10-year-old? Think again.
A National Geographic logic puzzle that’s easy as pie for young kids is turning out to be a bit tougher for adults.
The brainteaser shows an image of a yellow school bus that’s completely symmetrical on either end – with no hints as to which end is the front or back – and challenges you to determine which direction it’s going.
National Geographic said 80 percent of children under 10 got the correct answer immediately when it featured the test on an episode of its Brain Games TV show. Many grown-ups, meanwhile, were left scratching their heads.
As the puzzle makes its rounds on the Internet, it’s confusing plenty of others, too.
The answer? Well, if you’re in the U.K., where they drive on the left-hand side of the road, the answer is that the bus is traveling to the right. If you’re in the U.S. and driving on the right, the bus is going to the left.
How do you know? Because the picture clearly doesn’t show the bus doors, one must infer they’re on the other side, closest to the sidewalk.
There are no statistics on how many adults could crack it with ease, but research indicates they make judgments differently from children. According to studies from University College London and University of London Birbeck, children take their brain’s very first visual cue into account to make a judgment, which makes them much quicker at reaching an answer.
Adults, meanwhile, use many different kinds of visual and sensory cues.
Welp, looks like our wealth of experience is slowing us down!
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Originally published on February 2, 2016.