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Visual teaser tests just how distracted you are: Find the O's among the Q's

Are you easily distracted? This visual brainteaser shows you just how focused — or unfocused, as the case may be — you really are.

Professor Nilli Lavie from University College London's Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience provided TODAY.com with the following puzzle, which consists of two grids that each contain nine rows of Q's. There is one hidden O in each grid. Next to the rightmost grid, there's a colorful cartoon figure.

Can you spot each O in the sea of Q's? We challenge you to give it a try!

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For people who do not have difficulty concentrating, the puzzle will likely be pretty easy to solve.

On the other hand, for those who find themselves easily distracted, their eyes may wander and look at the cartoon figure instead of scanning the grids for the elusive O's.

Lavie and other researchers at UCL used tests similar to the one above to test individuals' levels of "distractibility" and attention. They found that those who are easily distracted by the cartoon, and thereby take longer to find the O's, likely have greater attention problems, often showing symptoms of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

"There might be an attention-distractibility trait that all of us have to some degree, and the clinical end of the spectrum is seen as ADHD," Lavie said in article for the Association for Psychological Science.

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She noted that everyone has attention lapses, just some people are more predisposed than others.

So, how long did it take you to spot the O's?

[SPOILER alert: Still want help finding the answer? Use our slider tool below, just take care when hovering over the solution if you're interested in finding the O's yourself! Disclaimer: the test here is meant for fun and not intended to be a diagnosis.]

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