What are some specific cognitive gains we can have from blindfold solving?

I experienced a lot of benefits with regular rubiks cube solving and especially when I started doing the more complex puzzles like mirror and ghost cubes.

First of it was hand dexterity, being much more spatially aware and being better at geometry (this is a bit weird but I can hardly explain this. I guess being able to follow shapes has helped me be able to understand how cross sections of complex shapes look like or unions of complex 3D shapes).

So I was interested in what kind of benefits can we experience from blindfold solving and I couldn’t find nothing about it online.
I did find a few articles like this one:
Benefits of solving the rubiks cube. But this article is about regular solving and from my experience its pretty spot on.

But what I was wondering is the following:

  1. Does blindfold solving help us develop the spatial awareness even further or is it the same as regular solving?

  2. Will solving the cube blindfolded help us be able to imagine more complex spatial scenarios in our minds?
    For an example will it help me navigate in an imaginary 3D space when I wonder off in my favorite place in my head? I like to live in multiple places and I can’t achieve that IRL and video games are not good enough so I use my imagination. Still I cant always be there 100% and keep that world functional at all times so i was wondering if blindfolded solving will help me keep more focus on an imaginary 3D world just as I would keep focus on a cube.

What are your thoughts on the benefits of blindfolded solving? Which ones did you personally experience and what would you have to say on my two questions?

Thank you very much in advance :slight_smile:

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That sounds interesting. How long did you practice before you noticed a difference?

If I didn’t have hand injuries, I would give it a try and see if it helps. :slight_smile:

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If you can drag with a mouse or trackball, you might try this:


You need Java on your machine.

This is the only online Rubik applet I’ve seen that uses mirrors to show you the hidden faces. To start with, you’ll fall over your own feet - the way you do with mirror writing. But after a “short” time (I can’t remember how long - but it wasn’t painful), the mirror images will seem perfectly natural.

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A simulator is an interesting idea. I’ll see if there is one that works on my phone.

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Interesting discussion.

I am not sure if I am able to imagine more complex spatial scenarios in my mind, after doing a bit of blindsolving.

I will be asking others about this here, https://www.speedsolving.com/threads/what-are-some-specific-cognitive-gains-we-can-have-from-blindfold-solving.79497/

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