Hawk Eye Tutorial

In Hawk Eye, a group of birds will appear and then quickly disappear. Your task is to identify a unique bird that is different from the others.


Here is how Hawk Eye works:

  1. Before you click START note the unique bird and take a few seconds to identify the differences.
  2. Once you click START, the group of birds containing the unique bird will appear and then quickly disappear.
  3. The next step is to identify the area of the screen where the unique bird appeared. If you point your mouse & move or touch the screen & drag (in case of touchscreens), you will see a pie shaped lightened area is moving around until you get to the pie slice where you noted the unique bird. Click or touch to respond.
  4. If you do not respond correctly, you will hear BrainHQ’s ‘dong’ sound and the correct location of the unique bird will be revealed.
  5. Regardless of responding correctly or incorrectly, stay focused as the next exercise (next group of birds) will appear right after.

More useful information:

  1. You can also try the step by step instuctions by clicking the ‘i’ button at the bottom right corner of the exercise screen shown below.

    Note: When you try an exercise in a new level, the instruction mode is on by default. The way you can tell whether you are in instruction mode or exercise mode is to note the orange-color banner on top of the exercise screen which looks like the one below. You can always click on the ‘i’ to toggle between instruction mode and exercise mode.

  2. As you progress, the exercise will grow more challenging in the following two ways:

    • Initially fairly distinct birds will appear close together on a simple background.
    • Eventually your brain will need to recognize finer distinctions as birds become more similar.
    • Your brain will be pushed to identify details farther from the centre of visual attention as the birds spread further apart.
    • Your brain will need to notice subtle differences even as the background becomes more complex causing visual interference.
    • The birds will appear on screen for a decreasing amount of time as you improve – even as the bird pairs, backgrounds, and bird locations on screen change.
  3. Control buttons are found at the bottom right of the exercise screen. You can use these buttons to do the following:

    • If at any time you wish to view a video tutorial of how to do the exercise, push the video button.
    • If at any time you wish to repeat the Instructions on a particular exercise, push the’ i’ button.
    • If at any time you need to Exit an exercise, push the X button.
    • If at any time you wish to Pause the exercise, push the II button.
    • If you want to make the exercise Full screen for easier viewing, push Full screen button.

  4. You may also visit the following page to learn more about this exercise