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By on March 30, 2006, with 102 Comments

Look at the chart below and quickly say the color, not the word. This prooves how our brain uses each side of the brain for different action: your right side of the brain want’s you to say the color, but the left side insists on reading the word!

  • Knitter

    When I was little I had a large page with this on it (Mom cut it from some magazine) and I would spend all of my free time trying to do it. I finally said all of the colors around age 10 or so, and to this day I can still do it.

  • Rammy

    i did it first time round O_o

  • Annie

    OHHH too easy!! i did it fowards and backwards… get some harder stuff man!!

  • Farted

    Dang you people are smart!!! I can’t get it…..

  • sassykat

    that was easy i got it right the first time

  • georgina

    tip:its real easy for girls coz we can easily use both halves of our brains

  • Oldwize1

    that was simple…

  • Drew

    Took me less than 20 seconds without a mistake. I used to be lousy at stuff like that as I’m a word orientated person.

  • Archie411

    It was ok until I got to the last purple yellow
    I suddeny forgot what purple is called

  • thats easy

    the last time i seen this was in primary school!! brings back memories haha, i was the only 1 in the class who could do it, even the teacher was freaked out! turns out i got autism and cant leave me house, oh well, eggs

  • th

    the trick to doing it correctly a quickly is to blur your eyes, because you will just see a blurry blob.

  • T H O

    just cross your eyes and it is no problem

  • Hai

    ha! THO’s idea is funny! and works!!

  • mina

    haha you’re right THO and Hai, but that’s just cause it get’s all blurry…

  • Mike

    The trick is to not read the words. Just look at the last letter of each word and say the color of the letter.

  • kitty

    I stil can’t. it is funny tough. xD

  • purple..oh. u no da rest

    omg dis is like so kool mum sez she could do dis wen she woz young and gesswot? i can 2!!!
    do u no wether u can inherit dis stuff or sumthin??? coz this is sooooo fkn kool

  • biclops

    bah! that last one always gets me

  • Rayne

    Is the last “yellow” supposed to be blue or purple?

  • Rayne

    Oh, wait… It’s purple. I just wasn’t sure because there is only one word with purple colouring.

  • smilely

    wicked easy

  • M 2 the H O

    its cheatin if you blur your eyes, i got it 1st time 2
    and georgina ur right, its alot easy 4 girls in many brain tests. girls r even better at findin stuff in the frige than guys. proven. boys tend 2 look 4 the word butter writtin on sumthin while girls remember exactly what shape the butter is and find it much quicker,
    exeption 2 all the sissy guys (and gay 1s)

  • Spença

    I’m left handed, does that mean I have an advantage or something?

  • mike

    this had no effect on me

  • me

    totally aced it! first try man!!!!!

  • me

    tottally aced it dude!!


  • Hi im 8

    done it on my first try!

  • Please-Enter-Your-Name

    Green Blue Red
    Yellow Black Blue
    Blue Red Green
    Black Red Purple

  • S.

    wow thats sooo cool! i paused soommany times and still was confused! lol!

  • Lars

    It is easy if english is not your mother tounge

  • dramagirl

    EASY!! took me like no time!! it’s just like reading!!! btw who runs this blog?????? i love it!!

  • some guy

    i can do it. skills.

  • EASY


  • i know i sound like im not. but im really not, just annoyed

    georgina that was NOT tip. this is hard for me and im a girl. so there =P

  • Thomas

    It was too damn easy

  • Stuck on music

    ya that was reallllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllly easy we did that in class b4. too easy.

  • Purple maya

    Very easy…

  • smarty

    2 EASY way 2 easy

  • Anonymous

    I would imagine that people who are better/faster readers would have a more difficult time with this problem. This puzzle is easy for me because I can force myself to focus on a single letter and not read the entire word – but my sister (who is like a super speed-reader – an entire 300 pg book in one evening) found this to be hard.

  • Wildo

    It’s easy if you know how to read

  • 2 good 4 this

    me and my friends used to do that all the time.I was always the best one to do that. this page was the easiest one ever my 7 year old brother can do it too. thats how easy that was. any 1 who can’t do that is a looser!!!

  • Anonymous

    try this with the color names written in a non common language for you, like norwegian (for me)… our brain cheats us

  • Anonymous

    we did this in maths

  • Anonymous

    soooooooooooooooooooooooo easy i got it my first try

  • Anonymous

    girls are better at multi tasking.

  • molly

    Wow that was well easy!! it took me praticly like 5 secs. i found it easier doin it backwards. and yes anonymous we are well better and multi tasking cos we have smarter brains so ha! I REST MY CASE! thankyou

  • molly

    i found that in like 5 secs its well easy! reading it backwards is the easiest way for me lol! :)

  • qwertyuiopasdfghjklzxcvbnm

    iv dne smthing lke tht on a game clled brain age

  • aaron

    Women are better at multitasking because they can’t focus on one thing at a time. Besides, the easiest way is not backwards, the best way is to look at only one letter.

  • Anonymous

    well i did it first time cool!!!
    then realised i had miss read what you were ment to do so was just reading the words!! doh!!
    so tried again (the right way) and struggled, but was proud as i had a brain injury 3 yrs ago! and did better than i thought

  • Zc

    It has nothing to do with being a girl! It matters about how developed your brain is. Lefties tend to do this easier that righties!

  • Mike

    you guys are ssooooo stupid, girls arn;t smarter, which by saying they are, makes them look stupider then what most people think. and lefties do not do it better, don’t be retarded just becuase you can’t use your right hand like everyone else

  • Anonymous

    it was for me really easy becouse i am from another country ;d;d

  • Trevor

    Well considering these are always easy for me I seem to be able to control my thinking a little better than some plus I have an IQ of 142 so I don’t get confused by whats there… still always a good test every now and then

  • Kira

    Ohhh i’ve done this thing before, only i was timed!

  • Anonymous

    that was sooo easy !

  • wondershaman

    i have done way too many of these for it to phase me, but i like the concept.

  • Anonymous

    it was pretty easy eaven though i had to stop befor evry black letter

  • Lugoffo

    it’s really easy when your primary language is not english :P

  • Emma

    i can’t be bothered looking back to see what ur names r but those of u who said “it’s just like READing” and “it’s easy if u can READ” should go back and try READing the instructions

  • JK

    Maybe girl’s brains ARE better. I mean, I did that with no errors in like 30 secs with only a few short gaps, no mistake. My sis and bro…well…my sis did better and even though their eyesights are about the same and she was farther than him, he still didn’t do it all the first time. But I think he didn’t understand when I told him to read the colors.

  • Anonymous

    :P I just take off my glasses to cheat

  • guitarboy

    wow this is easy i think the people saying girls can use both sides of their brains, this is not true, some people can bu i think boys have more math and girls have more reading. personaly i thinnk i am a really good reader and pretty good at math, and im a boy. but anyway i did it the first time no mistakes in 8 seconds. its kinda easy, just focuse a lttle

  • Anonymous

    Lol…acting like a girl ( being a sissy or gay) won’t make it any easier. I’m a guy and i could do this quite easily after a few seconds. But I don’t think anyone can do it quick and on their first try. Boys are better than girls at things the same way girls are better than boys at things.

  • Anonymous

    It’s easy.Focus below the word.

  • Anonymous

    stop braggin’ people
    uhm it was kinda hard
    i messed up about twice
    if you got it the first time, good for you!
    not everyone is as smart as you

  • Teengirl

    It is cheating if you blur your eyes or things like that. It just depends on your ability to focus something that you rarely do. When you read you focus on the word not the color.

  • Anonymous

    Just like Archie411, I forgot what purple was called, so I said orange. lol it doesn’t say or look orange….I must be getting dumber. Btw, I did a science fair project on this. It’s called the Stroope Effect.

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  • Shy

    I stumbled a few times,but I got it.A tiny bit hard.Only a tiny bit.

  • **~**AAAQueen**~**

    I’m 10, and I figured it out!!!(But
    I’m smart for my age!!!)0:)
    Amanda M.

  • Maddie

    I don’t think I got the right answers… I am color-blind (and yes I am a girl) and all I could see was the green and blue and black and purple. Was that wrong?

  • the technogirl

    try to go slightly crosseyed until you cant see the words, just the color. Read the color. easy.

  • Anonymous

    It’s easy because I’m not english

  • ki monishee

    hello and i agree with what annie had said ummm get tougher stuff anyway it wuld be more of a challenge not easy

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  • Entenuki

    If you can’t read, you can do this easier.

  • India7121

    I think Zc meant people who use the left side of their brain more than their right.

  • http://moillusions.com erica :]

    OUCH! mike, theres no need to be harsh! god! calm down!

  • grace

    some of u are sexists cause its not about whether you are a boy or girl just about how much u can focus

  • Mike

    Six seconds. I can read, am not color blind, and looked right at each word in question. I happen to be good at this, but it has nothing to do with one’s IQ.

  • petting a dragon

    i did my science fair on this
    it is called the stroop effect
    it was invented by jonh ridley stroop in 1935
    It is a factor that demonstrates the influence of inference on a person’s reaction time.
    it occurs because people actually read words faster then they con recognize colours, so their brain develops a preconceived idea of what the colour will be. but when the colour turns out to not match that idea, their brain receives conflicting signals. the brain must actually deal with those signals and chose the correct one.
    it is also true that is you read slowly (and have not have practice with this) then you will complete this faster, as the strength of those signals is lessened

  • amanda

    really, some girls and boys are equal so shut up you retards. if you think you are sooooo smart then you really aren’t, and that was very easy and i’m 12.

    • A murderer

      Thaaannnk you.I did it in 4 and Im 9

  • Edward Strepp

    Whilst we are on subject of reading and
    visual cognizance,
    PROVE has just the one “O”. I would have
    mentioned it earlier but this IS my 1st visit.

  • Hey Ahn

    Used to find this really confusing but surprisingly, on this site, I found it a lot easier. I say just focus on the color of the words, not on the letters. ;>

  • stuart

    These ones are fairly easy you can either blur your eyes or just read it so fast that the words loose their meaning and it just becomes a colour.

  • akiel

    lefties can do it better cuz they use their right brain more than the left

  • Chris

    Its so easy!!
    first try got it, its just hard to say the colour the word is, like if it says yellow and its green,
    i tryed to do
    green instead, but i failed XD

  • Radical Bombs

    it was hard because i tried so hard to have the colour in my mind and not the colour of the word

  • cheyenne

    im good i could say it all pretty quick without hesitating..imma girl and yes,mayb just may b girl r better. cuuuuzzz..
    im 11 and alittle immature as u can c from what i just said about boyz

  • cheyenne

    its waaay harder to say the real color then the word

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Carlo-Miguel-Delos-Angeles/100000740350035 Carlo Miguel Delos Angeles

    i dont understand

  • Grumpy



    blur ur eyes its easyer then!

  • person on earth

    i can do it but it makes my brain explode if i do it for too long i like that feeling

  • http://www.youtube.com the annoying orange

    why do boys think they are better than girls? because ur jelous. Anyway, Donenit. easy (Dont be sexist. anybody)

  • me123987645

    i keep messing up on the red (in the color blue). i can read the rest (both color and word) perfectly besides that one.

  • Debra Savage

    Got it first time no problem while I was talking to my cousin in Texas who was going nuts over it. I advised her to walk away and come back it would come to her. She got it as soon after I got it. Great stuff!

  • Ellie

    ….everyone trying to determine whether gender is a major component needs to calm down, because it has nothing to do with it. It all depends on which side of your brain is dominant.

    And really? Some of you need to check your own spelling before trying to call people stupid.

  • rabbit

    I did this in science at school because we had to do a project about eyes/colours and I was the best in the class.

  • Bruno

    This is very interesting to me since english is not my native language, I still get confused but I don’t say the tranlation of the word, instead I say the word that is similar to that in portuguese(exemple: Purple-“Preto” black in portuguese) or I say the word itself in english, even if I’m saying the collor out loud in portuguese. Wierd uh?