Full randomisation of stimuli
COMPASS creates a full set of randomised stimuli for every single assessment performed by each individual participant. Other task parameters vary randomly between modifiable pre-set limits.
Pre-programmed sets of stimuli
COMPASS comes with pre-programmed word lists, pictures and names/faces developed for healthy adults – or you can add your own stimuli as simple text/excel files – allowing research to be conducted across age groups, in defined populations and pathological groups, or in other languages.
Ease of study set up
Specify the number of participants and assessments, then choose your pre-programmed tasks. The study is ready to reload and collect data at any point in the future.
Modifiable task parameters
All tasks come with pre-set default parameters, but you can also modify the number of stimuli or length of a task, and the speed of presentation.
Response pad, keyboard or touch screen
Choose between responses made with a standard response pad (e.g. RB-540 https://www.cedrus.com/rb_series/), via the computer keyboard, or touch screen on compatible Windows devices.
Automated data extraction
Task outcome data for each assessment performed by each participant is automatically consolidated into one spreadsheet for the whole study. Raw data is available for quality checks and fine grained analyses.
Cognitive domain buttons
For ease of study construction the task selection page features cognitive domain buttons that present all of the tasks that assess performance in that specific domain.
Ideal teaching tool
As well as being an effective tool for research at all levels, the ease of use of the system makes it ideal for use in a teaching context. Uses include in undergraduate laboratory classes, for practicals, projects and dissertations.