The Symposium on Computerized Behavioral Testing of Humans in Neurotoxicology Research, held in Portland, OR (USA), on June 21-23, 1995, is the subject of the 23 articles in this issue of Neurotoxicology and Teratology. It is the first open forum to focus exclusively on computer-implemented behavioral test methods for neurotoxicology. Both the Symposium and this proceedings have been organized around the topics: new technologies and new batteries, confounders and methodologic factors, special populations (children), sensory and motor testing, clinical applications, and neurotoxicology research. The Symposium emphasized common approaches to computerized testing, highlighted fundamental differences in strategies for the selection of tests, and produced tangible evidence that the NES2 test battery has become a pervasively used instrument for presenting valid tests in human neurotoxicology research. However, the dominant impression drawn from the Symposium is that there is a methodologic vigor in the field of computerized behavioral testing. This is revealed by the appearance of new test batteries, criticism of existing procedures, challenges to the existing order of test selection, and the identification of analytic covariates for commonly used tests.
- Computerized behavioral testing
- Neuropsychological methods
- Test batteries
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Developmental Neuroscience
- Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience