People think they see like a camera with a wide-angle lens seeing everything at once. Not true. Your eyes are constantly darting around taking in the scene in front of you in small pieces. With each second you only see a few things at once while your brain pieces them together into an illusion where you see everything simultaneously. It sounds odd, but most of what you are doing right now is being done by your body without you knowing. You’re not consciously breathing, blinking or pumping blood.
A discovery by our cofounder Dr. Earl K. Miller of MIT reveals that our brains create sweet spots and blind spots in our field of vision, and everyone is different. SplitSage uses groundbreaking patented science and technology from MIT that is like an eye exam for your brain. Eye exams measure our vision and ability to focus. We measure your brain and assesses how much, how fast and where you can perceive things.
These blind spots are due to a physical limitation of our brains capacity to take in visual information. Think of your brain like a gas tank and the objects around you and on your screen like gas. Once your gas tank is full, no more is getting in and simply spills to the ground. Only until your brain frees up space a split-second later can it take in more. We don’t notice this, but it affects our perception and our behavior. Now you know why an athlete doesn’t see the open player or why you stub your toe on a chair out of place in your kitchen. It’s not that you didn’t “see it”, it’s that it didn’t register with your brain in time.
Your work environment as a professional or student can create a burden on your cognitive function, which is our brain’s engine for decision making, attention, reaction time, learning, remembering, and problem solving.
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