The Attentional and Interpersonal Style inventory (TAIS) is a 144 item self-report questionnaire that measures twenty different concentration skills, personal and interpersonal attributes. Those specific concentration skills and personality characteristics can be thought of as the building blocks upon which more complex human behaviors depend.
- TAIS is used around the world for the selection and training of high-level performers in sport, business, and the military.
- TAIS measures the specific concentration and interpersonal skills necessary for effective decision-making and for the coordination of mental and physical processes in high-pressure situations.
- TAIS results allow you to identify the specific environmental conditions likely to facilitate and/or interfere with an individual's ability to make effective decisions and perform at the upper limits of their physical and mental potential.
- TAIS results also allow you to identify the specific behaviors an individual needs to change to improve performance
Concentration skills, and the ability to shift both the width and direction (internal vs. external) are critical determinants of success or failure in virtually any performance situation. You cannot cross the street safely without paying attention to performance relevant cues. You cannot communicate with another individual effectively without paying attention to the right cues. You cannot problem solve without shifting attention and focusing on task relevant cues. You cannot get out of the starting blocks in the Olympics in time to win the race without paying attention to the right cues.
The ability to shift attention, to pay attention to the right cues is affected by two things:
- The strength of a particular focus of concentration: For example some people find it easier to attend to internal cues than they do to external ones. Some individuals find it easier to narrow concentration than they do to broaden their focus.
- Changes in emotional arousal: They have a direct affect on the ability to shift one’s focus of attention.
Scores on the TAIS attentional scales allow you to identify an individuals concentration strengths and relative weaknesses. Scores on TAIS personal and interpersonal scales allow you to anticipate the types of performance situations that are likely to interfere with a person’s ability to control their level of emotional arousal. These two pieces of information, combined with an understanding of the concentration skills and interpersonal characteristics required by any specific performance situation, will allow you to anticipate how a person will perform under pressure and help you determine the specific steps that will be most helpful in overcoming any identified problem.