Applications of computer-based neuropsychological assessment.
OBJECTIVES: To present current applications of computer-based neuropsychological assessment, including the assessment of sports-related concussion, symptom validity testing, and the remote administration of tests through the Internet. PROBLEM AREAS: If computer-based assessment benefits are to become popularized, a few issues will need to be addressed: the development of psychometric data based on comparisons with long-standing empirically sound test measures; additional validation of measures by parties not involved in their commercial development; increased focus on ecological validity; exploration of the usefulness of remote data storage and automated posting to databases; and improved documentation of specific computer hardware and software used in experimental methods. CONCLUSIONS: Beyond ease of administration and data collection, computer-based assessment offers benefits over paper-and-pencil measures in the form of millisecond timing accuracy, reliable and randomized presentation of stimuli over multiple trials and repeat administrations, and unobtrusive measurement of cognitive skills and response times during all aspects of the assessment process.
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