Assessing attention in a 3D environment: Preliminary evidence from a pilot study using the Computerized Battery for the Assessment of Attention Disorders (CBAAD)
Neuropsychological assessment is traditionally performed with the use of either paper-pencil administered tests or 2D computerized tests. Both testing procedures have been associated with limitations in reflecting real world situations. While 3D environments have been used increasingly in the field of neuropsychological rehabilitation with promising results, neuropsychological assessment has largely retained traditional tools. Thus, in order to provide a reality-based attention assessment, we developed the Computerized Battery for the Assessment of Attention Disorders (CBAAD). In the current study, we present preliminary data from the administration of the CBAAD to 50 healthy (N = 26 females) adult participants, as well as their feedback regarding their experience taking the test and its usefulness. Preliminary findings suggest that participants generally performed well and rated their experience with the CBAAD as pleasant, motivating, real-life resembling, and time-preserving. Results are discussed with respect to the aims of the battery development. In conclusion, this is the first 3D attention assessment battery to our knowledge, and the present study provides strong preliminary evidence that it is user-friendly.