The exercise Hear, Hear trains the brain's ability to ignore distractions by exercising sensory discrimination skills. Sensory discrimination allows us to hear the person we're talking to in a crowded place, for example. Our brains discriminate between the sounds upon which we want to focus and those we want to ignore.
In Hear Hear, the task is to remember a target sound and determine whether a set of similar sounds presented contain the target. The exercise changes in three ways:
- Sometimes there will be beeps (a single frequency) and other times there will be sweeps (a set of frequencies)
- The beeps and sweeps become shorter and closer together
- The beeps and sweeps become more similar to each other
(Tip!: If you forget the target sound you can replay it by pausing the exercise. When you resume play the target sound will be replayed, in case you were paused due to you being interrupted or distracted. It is also important to note that depending on your baseline it may takes several repeats to move up several levels and to earn more stars.)
For more information about this exercise, please go here.