Double Decision (Road Tour)

Double Decision: Play Now!Imagine you’re driving down the street. Suddenly, a skateboarder comes out from the side and crosses right in front of you. Can you stop in time?

It depends, in part, on your “useful field of view.” Useful field of view is the area over which you can quickly and accurately see details when looking straight ahead. A smaller useful field of view means it takes longer for your brain to notice what’s in the periphery. A larger one means you can see more, and see it more quickly. The size of your useful field of view might make the difference between hitting the skateboarder and stopping before you do.

For the average adult, useful field of view begins to shrink with age. Certain clinical problems can also shrink useful field of view.

Double Decision Screenshot

Double Decision uses a uniquely proven technology to extend useful field of view. This technology, called UFOV™, is a visual training and assessment technology that has been the subject of numerous studies, many funded by the National Institutes of Health.

Double Decision ScreenshotThe UFOV technology in Double Decision gets you to work at the edges of your useful field of view so that it gradually expands outwards. It also encourages the brain to extract information from your useful field of view more quickly. It does so by focusing your attention on a task in the middle of the screen: you have to choose which of two cars you saw after one appears briefly in the middle of the screen. But at the same time, you have to notice where a Route 66 road sign appears in the periphery of the screen.

Double Decision ScreenshotThe task changes (and gets harder!) in several ways:

  • At first, the road sign is alone in the periphery, but over time, distractors (wrong answers) appear too.
  • The road sign moves from closer to the center to farther out.
  • The central cars get more similar, making it more difficult to choose the right one.
  • The backgrounds get more complicated, making it harder to spot subtle differences in the cars and road signs.

The task also adapts to you by changing the amount of time the central cars and the Route 66 sign appear on screen. When you’re doing well, they speed up!

As you move through the exercise, these features challenge your brain to improve the speed, size, and reliability of your useful field of view.

By expanding useful field of view, Double Decision brings significant benefits to everyday life. As studies in the Journal of the American Medical Association and others have shown, the UFOV technology speeds up visual processing, improves driving safety, makes it easier to keep up with the busy demands of a modern life, and even helps people retain independence.

Double Decision At-a-Glance

What you do What it improves How the exercise changes How you're scored
Choose which car you saw at the center of the screen and locate where the Route 66 sign appeared in the periphery
  • Useful field of view and visual processing speed
  • Distractors are added
  • Distance from the center increases
  • Cars get more similar
  • Backgrounds get more complex
Your score is in milliseconds. As you improve, the cars and road signs flash for fewer milliseconds, giving you a lower (better) score.