Divided Attention requires the brain to focus and react to particular details—matching colors, shapes, fill patterns—while at the same time ignoring competing information.
Here’s how the exercise works:
- At the beginning of the exercise a criteria is shown. The criteria in the example above is: are they the “same shape?”
- Throughout the exercise two shapes will appear at a time. The task is to decide if the two images meet the criteria, and to submit an answer within a time limit. This means if two triangles appear, select “yes”. If a square and a circle appear, select “no”. Other examples of criteria include “same color” or “same interior”.
Tip!: The arrow keys on a keyboard have been enabled for Divided Attention. Most BrainHQ users find that using the left and right arrow keys to make a selection is usually quicker and more accurate than moving the mouse cursor back and forth to answer yes/no within the time limit.
Here are examples of some of the shapes, fill patterns, and colors shown throughout Divided Attention:
Read more in-depth about the science behind Divided Attention here.