We've been telling you about an Internet craze where objects in a photograph aren't easy to find. It's like the "Where's Waldo?" books where kids try to find the cartoon character in a red-and-white shirt among hundreds of other people.
The Internet trend has people posting pictures on social media sites, like this one: Can you find the Academy Awards among dozens of C-3POs? Or, can you find the leopard in this photograph of trees? Now there's a new one.
It's called "Find the T." Can you find it in the image above?
The test was developed at Johns Hopkins University. It has a serious purpose. Researchers at the university have found that people can find objects faster when they know what not to look for.
For example, in the image above, does it help you to know that the T isn't red? Look around for the T and see if you can spot it.
As it turns out, it'll initially take most people longer to find the T when they know that it isn't red. However, in their research, Johns Hopkins University professor Howard Egeth and his students found that, after 100 tries, people started finding objects much faster than average, when they knew which objects they could ignore.
"Individuals who explicitly ignore distracting information improve their visual search performance, a critical skill for professional searchers, like radiologists and airport baggage screeners," according to Corbin Cunningham, a grad student at Johns Hopkins University's Attention and Perception Lab. "This work has the potential to help occupations that rely on visual search by informing future training programs."
Can you find the T here? Answer on the next page.
Johns Hopkins University researchers have found that people find objects faster when they know which ones they can ignore. Can you find the T in top image? Answer in the image below.