iDichotic: iPhone app for Psychological Testing
Now here is one more reason to why apps are called a phone’s embodied soul. Apps render unimaginable capabilities to any handset, be it for entertainment, finding your way out in a city, or in this case, monitoring your health. Researchers at University of Bergen, Norway, have developed the iDichotic: a simple iPhone app that performs psychological testing and gives results at par with laboratory standards.
Dichotic Listening is a psychological test commonly used to investigate selective attention within the auditory system and is extremely helpful in psychology testing. This app aims to do just that. The chief researcher in the development of iDichotic, Josef Bless, described how he got the idea while listening to music on his phone:
I noticed that the sounds of the different instruments were distributed differently between the ears, and it struck me that this was very similar to the tests we routinely use in our lab to measure brain function.
And iDichotic was born. Inside the app, there are two modes: Listen and Concentrate. Each one tries to find out which side of the brain is most active during language processing, and accordingly furnish test data. The user has the option to anonymously send the data to the research database, or just keep it to himself.
iDichotic was launched in 2011 and has seen more than 1,000 downloads since. There have been a couple of bug fixes in 2012 to ensure that the app works fine. This is another classic example of how technology is being used to take the laboratory to the people instead of the other way round.
Download iDichotic app from the iTunes Store here.
Abhishek Mittal is an engineering student by profession and a creative writer by passion. Pursuing his B.E. in Electrical and Electronics from BITS Pilani Hyderabad, he is the Co-Editor of Gadgetronica and is deeply interested in the latest happenings of the gadget-world. Often targeted as an Apple fanboy, Abhishek closely follows the business strategies of all the tech-giants, and sometimes predict the future too!
12 February, 2013