We are making a computerized activity to use with children to determine whether children's preferences for colour is important to their ability to attend to visual information.
The task we are using was first designed for adults (see attached image ) but we want to change it and make it something that is more interesting and makes sense to a 5 year old. In PART A, children will use a touch screen computer, and touch the colour that they like the best. PART B is more complicated. Adults had to look at small white square in the middle of the screen with an arrow underneath and pick the colour that the arrow was pointing to.
We want to change PART B in this competition and here is our idea:
The white square will become a hungry child bird or fish, and the arrow underneath will be a larger parent fish/bird facing either to the left or the right with a mouth open. The child will be told that the parent fish/bird will capture the food and take it back to the hungry bird/fish in the middle of the screen. The children who play the game have to decide what colour food the parent is bringing back, based on which direction the parent fish/bird is pointing with it's mouth wide open. If they pick the right direction, the little bird/fish in the middle of the screen will change to a happy bird/fish. I don't know how to do animation, but if it can move in some way, all the better.
This is our attempt at being creative. If you have other ideas that will make this task much more interesting for children, we are all for it! Or you can just follow our story, because we think it will work. We may use this task in brain imaging, so unfortunately, we have to keep the images simple (complex, highly creative pictures will mean that additional areas of the brain will be activated, and we won't be able to sort things out).
So here are the details that must be included:
1. the colour squares can be a different shape, but they have to be one shape only for all 11 colours.
Here are the RGB color codes:
(white [r=255, g=255, b=255], black [r=0, g=0, b=0], red
[r=255, g=0, b=0], green [r=0, g=255, b=0], blue [r=0, g=0,
b=255], yellow [r=255, g=255, b=0], magenta [r=255, g=0,
b=255], cyan [r=0, g=255, b=255], olive [r=128, g=128, b=0],
purple [r=128, g=0, b=128], and aqua [r=0, g=128, b=128])
3. whatever the little white dot in the middle of the screen becomes, it has to have two versions, one is to let the child know a choice has to be made (e.g., a hungry fish/bird) and one to let them know that they made a good choice ( a happy fish/bird.) Each version has to be in two colours: white and red.
The size of this white bird/fish has to much smaller than the size of the larger animal that replaces the arrow. We want the children to look at the animal replacing the arrow, not the little white animal above the arrrow animal.
4. Please show us what the entire display will look like, with 2 coloured shapes (one on the left and one on the right), 1 small white animal in the middle of the screen, and a larger parent animal pointing left or right underneath the small white animal.
At the end of the competition, we will need individual bitmaps of the following:
11 coloured shapes that are the same shape but different colours.
2 images of the little animal (hungry and happy) in 2 colours, white and red.
2 images of the large animal, one facing left with mouth open and one facing right with the mouth open.
(If your story is different, you may want to contact us first, so that we can guide you)
This competition is hard to describe! Please ask lots of questions.