How to Test Hand-Eye Coordination

By Paul Lin

Whether you are simply tossing a piece of paper into the garbage can or playing a friendly game of catch, hand-eye coordination plays a big role in many day-to-day activities. Your eyes send information about depth, velocity and other visual processes to the brain, which creates a reaction in your hand that contributes to timing and reaction. There are many ways to test hand-eye coordination, since physical activities we perform daily involve seeing and reacting with our hands.

Perform drills and games that involve catching and throwing an object. An easy test is to have two people stand directly opposite each other at a distance and toss a tennis ball back and forth, stepping farther apart on each throw. Your ability to catch the ball and throw it accurately will be a good measure of your hand-eye coordination. To increase the difficulty, increase the speed of the throws.

Play video games. While your eyes are fixated on the screen, your hands are controlling the game through a joystick, keyboard or controller. Test your hand-eye coordination by accurately maneuvering through the game and processing the images on screen with split-second decisions with your fingers.

Take online hand-eye coordination tests such as those offered at the SportsEyeSite website. Certain online applications are designed to test the difference between what you see on the screen with how quickly you respond with your fingers using the keys or mouse. Other applications are meant to test your ability to distinguish between different objects and pick the correct one.

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About the Author

Paul Lin has been writing professionally since 2010. He has written scripts for the National Science Foundation and short films that have won awards at film festivals. Lin holds a Bachelor of Arts in scriptwriting from the University of North Texas.

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