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Flexibility - TAP 2.3.1

Paying attention to specific aspects in our surrounding world is not a static process. On the contrary, it is essentially an active process by which we turn our attention away from objects in order to effectively deal with other objects. In daily life and in the execution of work, it is necessary to gear our attention again and again to newly relevant aspects of a situation.

This procedure is a "set shifting" task. Either a letter and a number (condition "verbal") or angular and round figures (condition "non-verbal") are simultaneously presented to the right and left of the centre of the monitor. For both conditions, there is the possibility to choose between a simple test mode with a fixed of target stimulus (e.g. requiring a reaction only to letters or only to the angular shapes) or a complex mode, with alternating types of target stimuli (i.e. requiring a reaction to the complementary target stimulus on an alternate basis from trial to trial, for example, the sequence under the condition "verbal": letter - number - letter - number ...). The subject has the possibility to press a left or a right key. The subject's task is to press the left or right key according to whether the target stimulus (e.g. letter or number) appears to the left or the right of the centre of the monitor.

Screenshot of the subtest "Flexibility, alternating" of TAP 2.3

The instruction screen of the subtest "Flexibility, Condition: Alternating, verbal" of TAP 2.3 (to get a larger view (1024*768) - opening in a new browser window - please click on the image)

Execution time: simple condition: at least 1,5 minutes;
complex condition: at least 3,5 minutes