Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Tracking Multiple Objects

The daily stuff from the Seed magazine feed usually contains at least one thing I, as a scientific non-entity, can understand and enjoy. Today it was the cognitive ability to track multiple objects. One of the scientists notes:

"Most adults can, with a little practice, track four out of ten randomly moving objects for ten seconds -- they fall apart when there are more than four objects to track or more than ten total objects (the "most difficult" trial features four objects to track and twelve total)."

The University of Guelph website has a Multiple Object Tracking Demo that is sure to hurt the pride. I aced the easy and normal but bombed the difficult stage....how humiliating for my ego. I was sure I had those little b*%^$#d's nailed but it just didn't happen. First go around I got 1 out of 4, second 3 out of 4...I am too much of a sore loser to have gone for a third try (it would not have been a charm, shut up)

AdiĆ³s!
htw

5 comments:

Kenny P. said...

Oooh, I'm going to try it...

BSkove, Associate Publisher said...

Try one more time. I aced them all on the first try. But it's noon, so maybe the time of day when you tried has an effect on the results.

htw said...

thanks bskove! I appreciate your magnanimity :)
htw

BSkove, Associate Publisher said...

I was just excited to get past normal.

htw said...

:)