Executive Function > Planning

Basketball in NY

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Executive Function > Planning

Basketball in NY

In this exercise, the user must determine how many moves it will take to match the hoops. On top of the screen, the user will see a line of three hoops with colored basketballs inside. Below that, they will see another set of hoops with basketballs. The user will have to mentally determine how many moves are required to make the bottom set of hoops match the configuration of the top set.

Brain Areas Engaged 
how basketball in NY engages the brain.

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The pre-frontal cortex primarily controls executive functioning. The user needs to plan their actions, strategize their next move, and organize feedback information simultaneously. This exercise also mentally calculates the necessary moves while inhibiting incorrect ones. Spatial reasoning encompasses many connections throughout the brain, which also connect to the frontal lobe, which is involved in planning and problem-solving.

Basketball in NY requires the user to use their imagination, mentally plan, and manipulate the balls to solve the task. Individuals utilize these skills when attempting to plan a trip or figure out how to schedule a busy day.

You can modify:

  • The number of configurations (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, or 10)
  • The levels of difficulty (very easy, easy, medium, hard, or very hard)
  • The response time (unlimited, 90, 60, 50, 40, 30, 20, or 10 seconds)
  • Five different colored basketballs are shown for each trial.

1,200 unique exercise configurations and significant data set depth.

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