Think you have razor-sharp focus? Let’s test it.
Look at the below puzzle, and try to find the ‘T’ hidden amongst the ‘L’s. You have one clue: The ‘T’ won’t be red. If you can find it in under 10 seconds, you can feel pretty special:
How’d you go? Did you nail it? Or are you currently struggling with the temptation to pull out your own eyelashes?
The test is the creation of John Hopkins University – who say the instruction to ignore red symbols actually slows people down rather than aiding them.
“Individuals who explicitly ignore distracting information improve their visual search performance, a critical skill for professional searchers, like radiologists and airport baggage screeners,” lead author Corbin A Cunningham said in Psychological Science.