Landmarks provide information about your location and the direction you are headed in. To use landmark information successfully you need to create a mental map of a scene and remember the relative locations of important objects. You must also be able to mentally manipulate this mental map so that you will not get lost if you enter the scene from a different direction.
In Mental Map, one of BrainHQ’s Navigation exercises, you have to remember the relative location of objects in a grid and then reconstruct the grid from memory after it has been rotated, flipped, or translated (moved up, down, right, or left).
Here’s how the exercise works:
- A three by three grid will appear, and within the grid some images will appear. Notice how the images are spatially related to one another. Select “Next” when you’re ready to continue.
- The images on the grid will disappear, and then some (not all) of the images will reappear. The grid will then either rotate, flip, or move in some way.
- When the grid stops moving, the missing image will appear to the right. Drag and drop this image to the correct space on the grid.
If an incorrect answer is given, you’ll hear a “bonk” sound and a second grid will appear and display the correct answer. In following turns, the grid may not move around as much. An example of an incorrect answer is shown below:
If a correct answer is given, you’ll hear a “boop” sound and in following turns the grid may move around in more ways. In both cases, the level then continues, repeating from Step 1 above.
You can review the exercise video tutorial here:
As you progress through Mental Map, it becomes more challenging in these ways:
- The grid movements become more complex
- More objects are presented in the grid
- More variations of object orientation within the grid are added
- Different object sets are used