- Comparability of developmental cognitive assessments between standard and computer testing methods
- Developmental Psychobiology
- Volume | Issue number
- 51 | 1
- Number of pages
- Document type
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Psychology Research Institute (PsyRes)
Substantial questions have been raised about the validity of using computer-based testing to assess cognitive development with young children. However, little work has been done to assess the comparability of performance elicited using computerized methods with performance garnered using standard testing methods. The purpose of this study was to establish whether computerized testing resulted in performance that was different than established performance norms for infant monkeys (Macaca nemestrina) tested on four highly used cognitive tasks. Infants performed comparably on simple discrimination, reversal learning, and delayed nonmatch to sample rule learning. However, the infants tested in a computer testing-environment appeared to have difficulty on a task that required
them to form response strategies. The results of the study reveal some apparent
limitations of computer-based testing with infants, but do show that performance on
several common cognitive tasks is comparable between the environments.
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