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A Fun Training Exercise to Help You in Your Sea Glass Search

by Dan

In one of my recent beachcombing explorations, I brought along friend who thought it might be fun to go searching out sea glass.

He was amazed by my ability to spot the smallest piece of glass among thousands of rocks laying in a bed.

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When he asked how I did it, I realized I had never given it much thought....so I thought.

I enjoy playing puzzle type games on my computer, games of logic and exploration.

A lot times these games require searching for hidden objects. You are given a list of objects that you must find in the scene on the monitor.

The scene is always a big jumble of thousands of objects crammed together and rarely in a way that makes sense. The objects you are required to find are almost always well camouflaged.

I've noticed that after playing the games for awhile, I can look over the list, pick out a few items and scan the picture.

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My eye passes over something that my brain perceives in a flash. I have actually "seen" and recognized the object, but my brain has sent a quick notice that there was something there.

I realize that my brain does the same thing on the beach.

I must unconsciously catch site of something out of the corner of my eye and my brain stops me and signals me to look again.

It also seems to automatically filter out anything that it feels “belongs” such as rocks, shells, etc and picks up on the out of place items.

Sometimes that is garbage, but often it is that tiny piece of glass that is ten feet away sitting among the rocks.  

So, there may be no scientific study to make a correlation between playing hidden object games and finding objects on the beach, but I’m convinced it helps.

It’s also a fun way to train the brain and eye to catch those little pieces of glass.

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