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TAP-M

The mobility version of TAP

Start screen of TAP-M

 

The Purpose

The attentional performance of a person is one of the most relevant psychological functions in driving. It is generally agreed upon that attention has to be conceived as a multi-factorial phenomenon. Based on the Test of Attentional Performance (TAP) which was initially developed for the assessment of attentional deficits in patients with cerebral lesions the German company "PSYTEST" developed a short form of this test namely TAP-M (Mobility Version). This test was compiled to measure attentional aspects of the ability to drive.

The core of these procedures are reaction time tasks of low complexity allowing to evaluate very specific deficiencies. The tasks consist of simple and easily distinguishable stimuli that patients react to by a simple motor response. Thus, the influence of a number of factors that would have an inhibiting effect on testing are kept to a limit. As much as possible, it was attempted to account for factors that may disrupt testing, such as motor problems, visual disorders and language deficits.

The subtests in the newly developed test battery TAP-M permit to assess a variety of visuo-spatial, non-spatial and executive attentional aspects such as alertness, divided attention, flexibility of focused attention, inhibitory processes, working memory, visual search, selective visual attention and suppressing potentially distracting stimulation which are relevant for safe driving.

 

The Subtests

The Neuropsychological Testbattery "TAP-M" consists of newly developed subtests:

and already existing subtests of the Testbattery of Attentional Performance (TAP):

Standardization and validation of the test battery was supported by several European institutions being members of the European project "AGILE" (AGed people Integration, mobility, safety and quality of Life Enhancement through driving). All the tests were validated with an On-road test drive.

 

Design of the user Interface

Screenshot of the TAP-M user interface

Language

This program contains the following languages:

  • German
  • English
  • French
  • Italian
  • Spanish
  • Finnish
  • Dutch
  • Swedish
  • Danish (since build 02/2011)
  • Portuguese (since build 10/2011)
  • Chinese-simplified (since build 10/2011)
  • Chinese-traditional (since build 10/2011)
  • Arabic (instructions only) (since build 10/2011)
  • Russian (since Build 05/2014)
  • Polish (since Build 05/2014)
  • Greek (since Build 03/2016)

 

Norms

 

You'll find an tabulated overview of the normed tests and subtests on a separate site.


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