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General thoughts on brain training: Lumosity is a commercial tool that aims to improve brain functioning. In general, I am sceptical of the potential for "brain training programs" to improve cognitive functioning in a generalised way (e.g., see this Nature discussion). Practice is powerful, but tends to be domain specific. So if you want to become skilled ...


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Many single item measures of mood can be found in the literature. Those two are based on the idea that affect is bidimensional and that one's current state can be reported using a grid: Russell, J.A., Weiss, A., & Mendelsohn, G.A. (1989). Affect Grid: A Single-Item Scale of Pleasure and Arousal. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 57 (3), ...


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There are at least two problems with measuring high intelligence: (1) Any IQ test has a maximum difficulty. That means that all subjects above a certain intelligence answer all questions correctly and get the same maximum score. This is called the "ceiling effect". Now you might say, that we simply need to construct a test that is difficult enough for even ...


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PEBL is a free open source programming language to help construct psychological experiments. A wiki and developer community provide some documentation and support. PEBL has a Psychological Test Battery of many common or simple psychological tests so you may be able to use it out of the box without constructing your own test. PEBL includes free versions of ...


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The Hare Psychopathology Checklist is considered the current gold standard for measuring potential psychopathy. If you're interested in psychopathology, the book Without Conscience by Robert Hare, Ph.D., is a fascinating read. He has a second book called Snakes In Suits, which I have not yet read, so I cannot recommend or not recommend it. Dr. Hare has a ...


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FingerFriendlySoft has created an app for all iOS devices (that is, iPod touch, iPhone and iPad) that is called N-back Suite. This is, as the name suggests, an app which lets you take the n-back test. Included are both the single and the dual n-back test and you can chose different amounts of n (from 1 to 10), five different speeds, and different type of ...


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The IPIP may provide what you are looking for. This IPIP Website is intended to provide rapid access to measures of individual differences, all in the public domain, to be developed conjointly among scientists worldwide. In general, the scientific literature tends to focus more on a dimensional approach based on the Big 5 model of personality than ...


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This is an experiment testing the Stroop effect, named after John Ridley Stroop who studied it in 1935, and often called a Stroop experiment. It is a classic and well understood experiment and has now become a neuropsychological test for use in clinical settings, usually called the Stroop test.


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@Jeromy Anglim: I'm actually creating a serial response time task (a widely used learning task) for the iPad now. We hope to get it up in the appstore soon but I'm using it along with a few others for my master's thesis. We're almost done putting the finishing touches on the task and hope to post a youtube video soon of the task. We're not intending to make ...


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I would say there are no such tests/toolboxes, that would allow you to properly conduct any cognitive testing on iPhone, iPad or even using web-based applications. There are some games that attempt to do it, like the one suggested by @Speldosa, but nothing really serious. At the moment there seem to be no way to control and record different variables (like ...


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Paper IQ Test: EDIT: There is a list of printable tests including an IQ test at http://personality-testing.info/printable_tests.htm , it looks to be of standard internet IQ test quality... Here is a printable version of an IQ test developed on this website. It is no where near the quality of a professional IQ test but may be interesting and its ...


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I was alerted to your post here and would like to respond to a non-technical side of the question. I'm an Intellectual Property Assistant for CPP, Inc., publisher of the MBTI® assessment tool. I help protect the instrument's trademarks and copyrights, and ensure ethical use of the instrument. The names MBTI®, Myers-Briggs®, and Myers-Briggs Type ...


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A useful model for topics like this comes from McCrae and Costa (1999): There's quite a lot more going on here than is pertinent to your question, but note that influences originate from biological bases on the top left, and from external influences on the upper right. Everything else is modeled as an effect of mediated, dynamic processes between these ...


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The task sounds like a match-to-sample task which is indeed used in working memory studies. In this test participants are presented with a sample stimulus and have to judge whether or not following stimuli resemble this particular stimulus. Depending on the time span between the presentation of the sample stimulus and the following stimuli this task is ...


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The Hare Psychopathy Checklist is often used to assess psychopathy in clinical settings. NPR has a good, but unscientific read that ponders the validity of the Hare test and its reliability in predicting criminal recidivism. The online Levenson Self-Report Psychopathy Scale is a test of psychopathy for research situations. References Hare, R. D. ...


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Raven (2000) provides norms for raven matrices for different age groups. Here is how you interpret it. Burke (1985) provide different groups norms. You can use different scales like IQ (which is very old term used in Piaget DeVries, 1974 has more about it). Also there are other measures: percentiles,DQI, z scores etc... you have formulas to recalculate, ...


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IQ scores in general: An IQ score is a normative score. The norm group is typically defined as the general population, and where the respondent is a child, the norm group is defined in terms of the general population of children of that same age. IQ scores typically have a mean of 100 and a standard deviation of 15. In order to get an estimate of ...


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The APA has a general tutorial on finding psychological tests with a range of tips. Finding measures PsychTESTS is a new product by the APA that aims to make it easier to find psychological tests. It is a subscription service. Thus, you would probably have to pay for it yourself or get it through a university or other body that subscribes to it Read the ...


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PEBL has two main problems, It isn't normed, which means the external validity is going to be very weak. Standard computer hardware introduces random lag in timing measurements. Perceptual tests that measure raw neural speed and rely on millisecond measurements are meaningless. That being said, I love the idea of PEBL and I have been thinking of some ...


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General literature on training and educational program evaluation In general, you would want to read up about program evaluation in general, and educational program evaluation, and training evaluation in particular. With regards to the educational context I found this article online. With regards to training evaluation, you could check out Kraiger et al ...


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There are a wide variety of memory tests available for different purposes (sometimes clinical, sometimes for research). Also as Ben Brocka mentions, they can be more targeted as well. One test I can think of at the top of my head that is available for free online is the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MOCA) that you might be interested in. It serves as a ...


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In the standard version of the task there are "good" decks (overall positive payoff) and "bad" decks (overall negative payoff), so the optimal strategy is to figure out which ones are the good decks and stick with those. In principle, which deck is which should be randomized, but I don't know if your version implements that. There are also many variations ...


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There is now an app available on the iPad offering a cognitive test battery. It is a commercial application but fairly inexpensive. Joggle Research adapts several widely validated tests to the touch platform. Test result data is stored and instantly accessible on a cloud service (with a free tier to try it out). Some here have noted potential limitations ...


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What you are asking for does not really exist, no serious IQ test would ever give a score of 160. IQ scores get swamped with noise more than ~30 points from the mean. For example, an IQ of 160 means you are are more intelligent than 99.996% percent of people while an IQ of 150 means you are more intelligent than 99.957% of people. No test could claim to ...


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A child's mind is certainly not tabula rasa; language acquisition patterns in children suggest that they have an inborn module for it — domain-specific and, while flexible, clearly incompletely flexible. The children would probably have the same troubles with constructions of spiders and snakes; the modules that we are said to have for those species concern ...


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There is a large general literature evaluating the degree to which personality tests predict job performance. In particular see for example the review by Barrick et al (2001). In general such reviews find that personality measures provide a small but meaningful prediction of job performance. Ipsative testing So in general, you are asking about how ...


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In clinical psychology, two kinds of general personality tests are in use today. One kind of test is not a specialized clinical test but tests personality in general. These tests are used outside of clinical contexts as well. There are many models of personality and a multitude of tests to measure personality according to each model, but the most popular ...


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There are no personality models in which the factors are orthogonal in the strict sense of being at 90 degrees from one another, unless an orthogonal rotation method is used to extract them. I think you meant to say that the Big Five factors are less independent (or more strongly inter-correlated) relative to the factors in other models. Whether or not one ...



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