Developing a computerised multiple elements test for organisational difficulties

Hynes, S. M., Fish, J. , Evans, J. J. and Manly, T. (2015) Developing a computerised multiple elements test for organisational difficulties. International Journal of Developmental Science, 9(2), pp. 85-94. (doi: 10.3233/DEV-140157)

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Abstract Executive function is best measured in loosely structured, multi-component tasks that reflect real-life demands. These tasks require participants to develop a strategy, keep a plan in mind and monitor time. Errors include ignoring stated goals (‘goal neglect’), over-allocation of time to one task and violating rules. Teasing apart such errors can be complicated and these assessments can be difficult to control and time-consuming to administer. This paper reports an evaluation of a new, easy-to-administer computer-based multiple component test, the Computerised Multiple Elements Test (CMET). In Study 1 20 older adults (55–70 years) completed the task under different conditions. Study 2 examines the relationships between CMET and performance on measures of related constructs. The results show that poor CMET performance correlated with self-reported frequency of everyday cognitive lapses. There is a reasonable basis for further exploration of the CMET as a quick, practical and potentially sensitive measure of organisational skills.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Evans, Professor Jonathan and Fish, Dr Jessica
Authors: Hynes, S. M., Fish, J., Evans, J. J., and Manly, T.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Health & Wellbeing > Mental Health and Wellbeing
Journal Name:International Journal of Developmental Science
Publisher:IOS Publishing
ISSN (Online):2191-7485

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