PERSEV

Perseveration Test
Author: G. Schuhfried
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Field of Application+

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Detailed Description+

Measures perseveration tendency.
The operationalization uses Mittenecker’s approach. The test enables the user to make differential statements about the respondent’s perseveration tendency – i.e. to identify whether behavior is stereotyped and rigid or flexible and adaptable. Healthy individuals tend to display only a low level of perseveration, while in a number of clinical groups (e.g. schizophrenia patients) abnormal perseveration scores are obtained. This test is therefore used in clinical neuropsychology.

Test forms+

One test form.

Task+

Nine large circles are shown scattered about the screen. In addition, beeps are sounded at the rate of 64 per minute. The respondent’s task is to press on the circles in random order in time with the beeps.

Dimensions+

Executive functions

Languages+

Turkish

Dutch

English (USA)

Chinese (Taiwan)

Italian

Portuguese

Swedish

Slovak

Spanish

German

Polish

Finnish

Chinese

Czech

Duration+

approx. 5 minutes

Age+

Norms for ages 14+.

Test administration+

Controlled Mode


Field of Application+

NEURO
TRAFFIC
SPORT
HR
Detailed Description+

Measures perseveration tendency.
The operationalization uses Mittenecker’s approach. The test enables the user to make differential statements about the respondent’s perseveration tendency – i.e. to identify whether behavior is stereotyped and rigid or flexible and adaptable. Healthy individuals tend to display only a low level of perseveration, while in a number of clinical groups (e.g. schizophrenia patients) abnormal perseveration scores are obtained. This test is therefore used in clinical neuropsychology.

Test forms+

One test form.

Task+

Nine large circles are shown scattered about the screen. In addition, beeps are sounded at the rate of 64 per minute. The respondent’s task is to press on the circles in random order in time with the beeps.

Dimensions+

Executive functions

Languages+

Turkish

Dutch

English (USA)

Chinese (Taiwan)

Italian

Portuguese

Swedish

Slovak

Spanish

German

Polish

Finnish

Chinese

Czech

Duration+

approx. 5 minutes

Age+

Norms for ages 14+.

Test administration+

Controlled Mode


Scoring+

The following main variables are scored:

  • Redundancy, first order: Measure of the relative preference for single circles.
  • Redundancy, second order: Measure of the preference for individual combinations of two.