Selective attention tests, also known as the attention test or the attention span test, can help diagnose mental health issues, according to new research from University of California, Los Angeles.
According to a study by researchers at UC Irvine, the attention spans of subjects can be manipulated in order to test for mental illness.
The researchers compared the attention of healthy and ill subjects, with and without attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
The subjects were asked to look at an object and make a decision about it.
For example, if the subject saw a car with a high number of red lights, she might be able to tell that the car was moving.
If the subject only saw the red lights and a white car, she would be unable to make a judgment.
In order to be able see the difference, subjects were instructed to make two choices.
First, if they saw the car as red, they would choose to judge the car to be red.
Second, if not, they could choose to not judge the red car.
The subjects also had to judge whether the object was a red or white car.
Researchers found that subjects could tell whether an object was red or not by making decisions that were in line with their brain activity.
These decisions are based on the “attention deficit/hyperactive disorder symptom” criteria, according the study.
“This test is designed to be a robust, reliable, and noninvasive tool to help diagnose ADHD and other mental disorders,” said Dr. Mark Gee of UC Irvine.
While the attention testing may be useful for diagnosing mental illness, the research does not mean that the test is 100% accurate.
For example, some of the participants in the study reported that they didn’t get enough information to know whether their decisions were correct.
Additionally, the study did not take into account subjects’ personality traits, such as their impulsiveness, or how the subjects reacted when they were asked questions.
This means that the results might not be accurate if you have an ADHD diagnosis, but are a healthy person with mild to moderate ADHD symptoms.
The study was published in the journal Neuropsychologia.