Can you beat the Stroop Test?

This is one test you have probably seen floating around on the Internet before, but weren’t really sure how it worked.

What do you do?

Speak aloud the colour of the words in the graphic. Don’t read the words themselves, just speak the colour of the word. For example if the word “green” appears in a red colour, then say “red”. Run through the list relatively quickly, you’ll find the faster you go the more difficult it will be.

What is the Stroop Test?

This test was designed by J. Ridley Stroop in the 1930s and is used in neu­ropsy­cho­log­i­cal eval­u­a­tions to mea­sure men­tal vital­ity and flex­i­bil­ity. Per­form­ing well in the Stroop Test requires strong attention skills and a high self-regulation capability.

Among other things, researchers use the Stroop Test during brain imaging studies to investigate what regions of the brain are involved in planning, decision-making, and the ability to multi-task.