TEA-Occ is based on the Test of Everyday Attention (TEA) developed by Robertson, Ward, Ridgeway and Nimmo-Smith in 1994. The TEA was developed to provide an assessment that is sensitive to selective attention, sustained attention, and attentional switching, when used in clinical settings.
The areas assessed by the test provide coverage of the independent attentional systems in the human brain that serve different functions related to everyday behaviour.
TEA-Occ has been developed to engage the interest of the candidate by using relatively familiar everyday materials such as telephone directories, thus helping to augment the real-life relevance of the test.
TEA-Occ gives a broad-based measure of the most important theoretical aspects of attention. It can be used analytically to identify different patterns of attentional skills and is relevant to a wide range of occupational groups, including:
- train drivers
- rail signallers
- bus and coach drivers
- heavy goods and machinery operators
- road and construction workers.
The 3 subtests within TEA-Occ
Lift Counting With Distraction
Respondents are asked to imagine that they are in a lift in which the floor indicator is not functioning. They must establish which ‘floor’ they have arrived at by counting a series of low tones presented on CD.
Distraction is provided by also presenting high tones, which respondents have to ignore. This test has been designed as a test of auditory selective attention.
Respondents must look for key symbols while searching through pages in a simulated directory containing a list of plumbers.
Telephone Search While Counting
Respondents must again search in a directory containing a list of restaurants while simultaneously counting strings of tones presented on CD.