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Do you tend to find answers easier when you are focused or unfocused on the problem/question?

By moving one line to make the equation true, which of these puzzles does your brain solve faster? IV = III + III or III = III + III (Please say if you are right or left-handed! Thanks)

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Sriparna says

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• Ciel Clark 4 years ago

That is very similar to my husband's response (he is right-handed) and very step by step. He saw the answer for the first one in a few seconds, but did not get the second one.

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DON BALDERAS says

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• Ciel Clark 4 years ago

I am so interested in brain function, and where ideas come from and why people think differently. Look at the two false equations I put above and see if you can Move One Line to make each equation true. Is one easier for you to figure out?

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• Ciel Clark 4 years ago

Dr. Haddox, great answer. I asked my mother this yesterday and she found first one fast but couldn't think for second one. I said sleep on it. (She is right-handed). You are first leftie I've heard from who solved first one quicker.

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• Ciel Clark 4 years ago

IV = III + III

Both equations are wrong, but can both be made true by moving one line.

III = III + III

(Most people I've asked have found one much easier than the other). I can guess which one will be easier for you, but let me know!