The Squeaking Mouse

THE EXPLANATION

The task

Strengthen your client’s visual and auditory memory by having them recall the different animal sounds they will hear in this exercise. In this task, your client must match the cries, songs, or other noises of animals and pair them with their photographs. 

First, your client will see the images of the animals on the screen and then hear an animal soundt. In many cases, your client will be able to match the image to the sound almost immediately. In other cases, they will need some time to process the sound that they have heard.

To assist with the matching process, your client will hear a short sound sequence, followed by a longer sound sequence. To make it more interesting, you can choose between themes: forest, farm, waterside, African animals, or animals around the World. You can also play using six, eight, or ten different animal sounds.

 

What It Trains

The main areas of the brain that your client will exercise in this exercise are the temporal lobe and the occipital lobe. The temporal lobe is heavily involved in auditory processing, while the occipital lobe is the visual processing center of the brain. The purpose of this activity is to draw upon your client’s working and long-term memory of visual and auditory characteristics of each animal, practice visual and spatial scanning of the images on the screen, and to practice their ability to concentrate on multisensory material. In some cases, deductive reasoning will be needed to find the right match, eliminating the animals that have already been chosen and those that are most obviously wrong.

In an increasingly noisy world, the ability to detect meaningful sounds in the midst of general background noise becomes very important. Our ability to distinguish such sounds can become less precise as we age. Have you ever tried picking out a stream of conversation among other conversations in the background at a party or a convention? This exercise helps train the characteristics necessary to stay sharp and pick out relevant information from background noise.

Parameters

You can modify the type of environment (Forest, Farm, Water, Africa, or All), the number of sounds (from 1 to 15), the number of animal pictures (from 2 to 20), the number of trials (from 3 to 1), and the time limit (Unlimited, or from 60 to 10 seconds).

 

Number of Unique Configurations

Over 6400 unique game configurations and significant data set depth.

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