NATURE OF EXERCISE:
This exercise has been designed to improve the speed at which you can scan your environment and the speed at which you can process the information so scanned.
RELEVANCE TO EVERYDAY LIFE:
Efficient visual scanning facilitates acquisition of information about one's environment. The innate inclination to scan is not only observed in humans, but in animals as well. In the wild, animals will typically scan their surroundings closely and often in an effort to avoid an attack by a predator. Humans are constantly scanning, whether when opening a newspaper or a web page, driving a car, entering a room, crossing the street, etc. Enhanced visual scanning ability will result in improved performance across a range of daily activities.
Five boxes containing various shapes will be displayed. The box in the middle (outlined in red) is the target box. Your objective is to determine which of the other four boxes (top, bottom, left or right) has contents identical to the target. If the top box is the match, press the UP ARROW key on your keyboard as quickly as possible. If the bottom box is the match, press the DOWN ARROW key on your keyboard as quickly as possible.
If the left box is the match, press the LEFT ARROW key on your keyboard as quickly as possible, and if the right box is the match, press the RIGHT ARROW key on your keyboard as quickly as possible. If none of the boxes has content identical to the target, press the SPACE BAR on your keyboard as quickly as possible.
You must respond correctly 20 times to complete the exercise.