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Stroop Test – Free Energiser

Duration: This free energiser should take roughly 10 minutes to run.

Intended for:

This energiser can be used in any training session where participants are learning skills involving communication specifically it should help them to understand:

1. The difficulty people have dealing with confusing information.


2. How it is difficult to cope with information when right and left brain conflict with each other.

Training course contents:

You can download a set of instructions for the energiser, ‘Stroop Test’ for free from the download button at the bottom of this page, or follow the instructions below.

Resources Needed:

You will need to print out sufficient copies of the two tables provided for free from the download button below for each pair of participants to have one each.


Split group into pairs and hand out (face down) first table provided on the handout with the instructions provided from the download button below. Explain that one partner must say out loud the colour in each box. Their partner’s job is to time how long this takes. The time should start as soon as the card is turned over.

Get participants to record this time. Now give out (face down) the real test (also provided in the instructions below). This time the partner is to time but also check if the answer is correct each time using the card that was used first time (above). Again, time starts as soon as the card is turned over.

The time should be considerably slower and/or many mistakes made.

The point is that the brain is at its best when both right and left are working TOGETHER. The Stroop Test puts conflict between right and left and hence the brain works slower as it has to resolve the conflict.

If you gave this test to a child who had learned their colours but could not yet read, it would be much easier for them as there is no left brain conflict.


This energiser helps build communication between participants and where managed effectively can help to encourage a more considered approach to communication.

This energiser works well with the following training course materials provided by Trainer Bubble…

Communication Training Course Materials.

Train the Trainer – Training Course Materials.

Coaching Training – Course Materials.

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