Many of you have perhaps felt that you’re not the age you are! Either you feel much older than your physical age, or you feel like you’ve never been younger in your life. Society assigns typical rules as the norm for each stage in your life. Sometimes we subscribe to those rules, or at least fit in with them, and other times, we do not. Have you ever been around a bouncy, full-of-zest person, and have been shocked to find out they are much older than you thought?

Appearances can be deceiving, as we all know. You may appear to be a certain age, but how old is your mind, really?

The quiz below will show you a series of optical illusions. Your answers for each slide in the quiz will help determine the true age of your brain. Some of the images will be in black and white, others will have a smattering of color. And, just for fun, why not try to guess what the true of your brain is before you take the quiz? Do you suppose you will be older or younger than your physical age?

And as you age, it’s of utmost importance that you do what you can to keep your brain sharp! Never stop learning, engage all five senses, and remember, that at the end of the day, age is just a number! You don’t have to give in to what society says you should say and do. Don’t act your age…act like you!

Take the quiz now to find out how old your brain really is:

Harvard Health Publishing