Some Considerations in the Design of a Computerized Human Information Processing Battery.
Final rept. Aug 85-Feb 86,
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A battery is nothing more than a set of tests that, as a whole, measure certain skills, abilities, and processes. This report discusses general issues and problems associated with the development of computerized human information processing test batteries. It is concerned primarily with batteries that will be administered in a repeated-measures paradigm although some of the information pertains to the construction of any battery. Among the issues discussed in the report are task selection, task ordering, the use of pacing, and hardware and software implementation problems. Implementation problems associated with specific information processing tasks--such as mental arithmetic tasks and vigilance tasks--are also described. This report is intended for individuals who have a limited knowledge of human information processing and the pitfalls associated with computer-based testing. Keywords Computerized testing, Performance tests, Skills, Mental ability. aw