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Divided Attention, Shared Attention
Cognitive training

Divided Attention or shared attention is exercised by carrying out a progressive number of simple simultaneous attention tasks. Each of these tasks requires recognizing a target stimulus from among a series of similar stimuli. The level of attention required to complete the first task is low, while it is very demanding in higher levels where four target stimuli are to be detected.

Target Clientele

Children and adults (6 years and older) who:

NOTE: May be used by anyone as a simple cognitive training activity.

Target Skills

Mode: Visual and Auditory
Principal skill(s) targeted: Management of attentional resources needed for carrying out simultaneous tasks.


Stimuli Classes: 1. Sole 16

Scenario and task: The screen presents two pages of an open exercise booklet. The exercises consist of signalling the appearance of targets presented among a series of same-family stimuli. Each of four different tasks must be individually mastered and then simultaneously completed. The number of targets to monitor progressively increases.

On the left-hand page, four rectangular boxes corresponding to each of the four tasks are presented. Whenever the target stimulus, which is presented on the right-hand page, appears in the corresponding box on the left-hand page, the client must respond. He/she does so by selecting the box on the left-hand page containing the target stimulus.

The four different stimulus families/tasks are 1) Colour. The target color alternates among five other colours. 2) Figures, The target figure alternates among five other figures. 3) Thermometer, The target is either a temperature reading of 0o or 100o , as shown on in the image on the right-hand page. In the corresponding box on the left-hand page, a thermometer whose mercury oscillates between -4o to 104o at a constant speed is displayed. Whenever the target temperature is reached by the mercury, the client must respond. 4) Notes, The target is one of 3 tones that are heard and represented on a staff. When the tone is heard, the client selects the corresponding box on the left-hand page.

For the first three stimulus families, the targets remain indicated on the right-hand page and the client may refer to them at any time. However, in exercises where one of the tasks is auditory (Notes), the client must memorize what sound was heard at the moment when the musical note appeared on the right-hand page. This sound target is visually represented by a note on a staff that remains on screen as a visual reminder to detect the target tone.

Considering the complexity of this task, the first four levels serve to familiarize the client with the stimuli and response methods by presenting exercises involving only one stimulus family or task at a time.

Response mode(s): Click on the mouse or use arrow keys and the space bar to select.


Well Done! Correct response
Oops… Incorrect response

Difficulty Level Variables

Level Completion Criterion: No errors committed during the series of stimuli presented

The exam

The task proposed in this exam consists of monitoring three elements for three minutes. Auditory elements are not included in this task.



« You must do 1, 2, 3 or 4 tasks at the same time. You must report the appearance of items that are the same as the targets shown in the right-hand page of the book (colour, figure, sound, or degree of temperature). The number of tasks you must do at the same time will increase as you progress. »