Presenters: Christopher Ngov, Alyssa Ford, Ratiana Karapet, Poster Presentation
Research Title: Validating the Randomized Sequence of eCorsi
Faculty Advisor: Susanne Jaeggi
Mentor: Grace Lin, Snigdha Kamarsu
Working memory is implicated in a variety of daily tasks such as reading comprehension or calculating mental math. One of the most notable measures to test an individual’s visuospatial working memory is the Corsi Block Tapping Task. With advancements in technology, experimenters have created a digitized version that is designed to mimic the original task, with the intent to simplify administration and create a more accessible cognitive measure. Our lab has created two versions that are meant to engage children and assess their working memory abilities. The purpose of this study is to compare our child- friendly versions with the typical e-Corsi version. Using game-like features that appeal to children may enhance engagement and reduce potential anxiety associated with “tests” while still measuring similar cognitive abilities. We administered the three versions on undergraduate students and polled their preferences regarding their versions. Results show that there are no significant differences in the participant’s performance across the versions, though participants mostly prefer the child-friendly versions.