Improving the Usability of a Digital Neurobehavioral Assessment

Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 1217)


The rapid advancement of technology has encouraged the transition to digital psychological assessment [1, 2, 3]. The most recent trend is the use of mobile devices for neurophysiological, clinical, and/or computerized test batteries [4]. This rate of change has led to new and unique usability challenges [5]. The current work evaluated the usability of a neurobehavioral assessment application developed by the National Institute of Health (NIH) and Northwestern University that assesses neurological and behavioral function. A usability analysis of the NIH Toolbox® application, which is capable of assessing cognition, emotion, motor, and sensation, was performed and redesign recommendations were provided. The analysis consisted of: (1) user feedback, (2) heuristic evaluations, and (3) user testing. The analyses, results and recommendations are presented and focus on: (a) Reorganization to support task flow, (b) Search optimization for transparency of options and selections, and (c) Simplicity, for ease of use.


Mobile heuristics Mobile technology Human computer interaction Digital assessment Usability 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Florida Institute of TechnologyMelbourneUSA
  2. 2.Feinberg School of MedicineNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA

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