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1. Discover what your brain does (and doesn't!) perceive: Mind Lab

2. Listen to moving stories from ordinary people interviewed by their loved ones: StoryCorps.org

3. Take part in real-life cognitive research projects, and learn where your mental strengths lie: TestMyBrain.org

4. Do you see what others see? Find out with this interactive color test: XRrite.com; click on Color IQ box.

5. Play weirdly wonderful games (be a pelican diving for fish! knock out the spiders that want your cake!) with incongruously soothing soundtracks: FerryHalim.com

6. Surf the web on a guided tour eerily tailored to your tastes and interests, with an ever-changing Shuffle-like assortment of entertaining sites: StumbleUpon.com

7. Test your vocabulary while fighting world hunger (for every word you define correctly, the site makes a donation to the UN's World Food Programme): FreeRice.com

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