Snappy App: A Mobile Continuous Performance Test with Physical Activity Measurement for Assessing Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8512)


A Continuous Performance Test (CPT) was incorporated into a smartphone application (App) to measure three symptom domains associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); attention, impulsivity and hyperactivity. The App was pilot tested on 11 healthy adults over three testing sessions. No differences in performance were found between testing sessions suggesting good test consistency. A decrement in performance over time was only found for one measure of attention and on one testing session. The CPT showed some sensitivity to ADHD-related symptoms where self-reported impulsive behaviour was related to the CPT measures of impulsivity and activity. User acceptability was good although some design improvements were suggested. Further pilot testing of the App in a clinical population is needed.


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder Continuous Performance Test m-Health Ecological interfaces New technology and its usefulness Psychological application for user interface Qualitative and quantitative measurement and evaluation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of Mental Health, Division of Psychiatry and Applied PsychologyThe University of NottinghamNottinghamUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Electrical Systems & Optics Research Division, Faculty of EngineeringThe University of NottinghamNottinghamUnited Kingdom
  3. 3.NIHR MindTech Healthcare Technology Co-operativeThe Institute of Mental HealthNottinghamUnited Kingdom

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