To bridge the gap between computerized testing
and information-processing-based measurement, a
battery of computerized
ability and preference measures was developed.
The information-processing and preference
measures and a battery of paper-and-pencil tests
were administered to 64 college students. Although
the internal-consistency reliabilities of the computerized
information-processing measures were adequate,
test-retest reliabilities were lower than desirable
for ability measures. The computerized information-processing measures possessed moderate
convergent validity but had low correlations with
traditional paper-and-pencil measures. Of the computerized
preference measures, the most promising
results were obtained with the Stimulus Pace measure.
A major problem with the use of the computerized
information-processing measures in applied
settings would be administration time, as the battery
took approximately 4 hours. In addition, problems
with the stability of results over time and substantial
practice effects suggest that even longer
testing sessions would be required to obtain reliable
measures. Although information-processing measures
of short-term memory have, at best, low correlations
with traditional intelligence tests, their
ability to predict real-world tasks has yet to be sufficiently
Barrett, Gerald V.; Alexander, Ralph A.; Doverspike, Dennis; Cellar, Douglas; Thomas, Jay C..
The development and application of a computerized information-processing test battery.
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