Spot the difference is a simple, yet fun game that makes a child concentrate, think, and learn to notice the details.
So the next time you find a ‘spot the difference’ game in the newspaper, do ask your little one to take a look at it and find the answer.
You will find plenty of ‘spot the differences’ pictures on this site, which you can share it with your child.
If you have a computer printer, you may print out the pages and let your child mark the spots where they see some difference. If you don’t have a printer, just expand the image on your computer or phone and look at the pictures together.
Brain Activation during the Spot the Differences Game
Spot the Differences is a simple and popular game in which an observer compares a pair of similar pictures to detect the differences between them. Functional activation of the brain while playing this game has not been investigated.
We used functional magnetic resonance imaging to investigate the main cortical regions involved in playing this game and compared the sites of cortical activation between a session of playing the game and a session of viewing 2 identical pictures.
The right posterior parietal cortex showed more activation during game playing, and cortical activation volume correlated with game-playing accuracy. This cortical region may play an important role in awareness of differences between 2 similar pictures.