The Towers of Hanoi

Screenshot of HappyNeuron Pro exercise Towers of Hanoi



Visual-Spatial Reasoning


Executive Functions





The task

In this exercise, your client must manipulate the given configuration of rings to match the desired configuration presented. Your client must also use their working memory to follow some rules: they are only able to move one ring at a time, large rings cannot go on top of small rings, and they must achieve the desired configuration in as few moves as possible. Relying heavily on the frontal lobe – the center of executive functioning, your client will have to develop strategies to inhibit impulses and plan solutions to solve complex problems efficiently.


What It Trains

This exercise is designed to target executive functioning – specifically planning and inhibition. Your client must learn to examine a set of information available to them, the problem at hand, and create a mental plan of how they will attempt to solve it. Rushed or unplanned actions will cause your client to not solve the problem efficiently. This exercise carries over to daily life skills such as booking appointments, taking inventory of needed groceries and household goods to not buy items already in stock, and remembering the steps needed to get out of an assisted moving device such as a wheelchair without falling.


You can modify the number of moves (less than 5, 5 to 9, 10 to 14, 15 to 19, 20 to 24, 25 to 29, or more to 29), the number of rings (2, 3, 4, or 5), the number of tries (1, 2, or 3), the number of configuration (1, 2, or 3), and the allowed time (unlimited, 3, 2, or 1 minute).


Number of Unique Configurations

Over 460 unique game configurations and significant data set depth.

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