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Effects of Microcomputer Display on a Perceptual/Cognitive Task


The purpose of this study was to adapt the Hidden Figures Test (a measure of field dependence/independence) to microcomputer display and to assess its alternate form reliability when compared to a paper and pencil test. Participants included 58 undergraduate and graduate students (91.4% female) at a southeastern university who were fairly normal in regard to the task measured by the test. One group (N=38) was administered the print version of the test first, followed immediately by the computer version. The other group (N=20) received the computer version first to control for order effect. For the group who received the paper version first, the mean scores on both tests were equivalent (M=4.71); however, for the group receiving the computer version first, scores were significantly lower on the computer version (M=2.55) than on the paper version (M=5.20). The significant order effect found for the first group raises serious questions about the face validity of a computer version of the Hidden Figures Test, suggesting that additional research is needed before construct and face validity are assumed between alternative forms of test administration. (JB)


Jonassen, D.H. Effects of Microcomputer Display on a Perceptual/Cognitive Task. Retrieved January 19, 2020 from .

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