2009 Student Research Conference:
22nd Annual Student Research Conference

Learning Effect of Repeated Trials of the Truman Ten Key Test
Clinton J. Narayan* and Inga C. Storen
Dr. James Padfield , Faculty Mentor

The need exists for a sensitive and inexpensive test of cognitive function to investigate the possible effect of altitude, temperature, fatigue, noise distraction, and other stressors upon the ability to perform mental tasks. Previous research at Truman State University has established a three-element test that involves adding numbers in one's head and/or entering numbers on a keyboard, which was named the Truman Ten Key Test. This previous research indicated there was a learning effect between two trials of the test, and the purpose of this research was to investigate when (and if) the learning effect would plateau in six trials of the test repeated once each week for six weeks. The results indicate a plateau is reached by the fourth (trial 4) attempt using this protocol, suggesting a learning phase of a similar duration before actual data collection in an experiment using the Truman Ten Key Test.

Keywords: Cognitive Testing, Environmental Physiology

Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 15-3
Location: VH 1000
Time: 8:45

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