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Type: Journal article
Title: Gs Invaders: Assessing a computer game-like test of processing speed
Author: McPherson, J.
Burns, N.
Citation: Behavior Research Methods (Print Edition), 2007; 39(4):876-883
Publisher: Psychonomic Soc Inc
Issue Date: 2007
ISSN: 1554-351X
Abstract: Computer games potentially offer a useful research tool for psychology but there has been little use made of them in assessing cognitive abilities. Two studies assessing the viability of a computer game-like test of cognitive processing speed are described. In Experiment 1, a computerized coding task that uses a mouse responsemethod (McPherson & Burns, 2005) was the basis for a simple computer game-like test. In Experiment 2, dynamic game-like elements were added. Validity was assessed within a factor analytic framework using standardized abilities tests as marker tests. We conclude that computer game-like tests of processing speed may provide an alternative or supplementary tool for research and assessment. There is clearly potential to develop game-like tests for other cognitive abilities.
Keywords: Humans; Cognition; Motion Perception; Reaction Time; Video Games; Computers; Adult; Female; Male
RMID: 0020073846
DOI: 10.3758/BF03192982
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