TAIS Overview

The Attentional and Interpersonal Style (TAIS) inventory, 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.

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: 1) 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. 2) Changes in emotional arousal have a direct effect on the ability to shift ones 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 which are likely to interfere with a persons ability to control their level of emotional arousal. These two pieces of information, combined with an understand 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.

For more detailed information about TAIS, what it measures, and how its used, go to the FAQ section of this site.

For more detailed information about TAIS validity and reliability go to the TAIS articles section.

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