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Neuropsychological diagnostic tests of visual perception mostly assess high-level processes like object recognition. Object recognition, however, relies on distinct mid-level processes of perceptual organization that are only implicitly tested in classical tests. The Leuven Perceptual Organization Screening Test (L-POST) fills a gap with respect to clinically oriented tests of mid-level visual function. In 15 online subtests, a range of mid-level processes are covered, such as figure-ground segmentation, local and global processing, and shape perception. We also test the sensitivity to a wide variety of perceptual grouping cues, like common fate, collinearity, proximity, and closure. To reduce cognitive load, a matching-to-sample task is used for all subtests. Our online test can be administered in 20-45 min and is freely available at www.gestaltrevision.be/tests . The online implementation enables us to offer a separate interface for researchers and clinicians to have immediate access to the raw and summary results for each patient and to keep a record of their patient's entire data. Also, each patient's results can be flexibly compared with a range of age-matched norm samples. In conclusion, the L-POST is a valuable screening test for perceptual organization. The test allows clinicians to screen for deficits in visual perception and enables researchers to get a broader overview of mid-level visual processes that are preserved or disrupted in a given patient.

Original publication

DOI

10.3758/s13428-013-0382-6

Type

Journal article

Journal

Behav Res Methods

Publication Date

06/2014

Volume

46

Pages

472 - 487

Keywords

Adult, Analysis of Variance, Cues, Diagnosis, Computer-Assisted, Discrimination (Psychology), Female, Figural Aftereffect, Humans, Intracranial Aneurysm, Male, Mass Screening, Middle Aged, Motion Perception, Neuropsychological Tests, Online Systems, Pattern Recognition, Physiological, Perceptual Closure, Stroke, Surveys and Questionnaires, User-Computer Interface, Visual Perception