Digital Finger Tapping Test – Setup

The Digital Finger Tapping Test

The Digital Finger Tapping Test is not a game.

The Digital Finger Tapping Test is an easy-to-use researching tool to measure motor speed for people with complaints of neurocognitive dysfunction or at risk of such condition.

How to Use

To view this instructions or to change the test duration, tap the  i  button in the bottom right-hand corner.

To perform a test, tap the [+] button in the upper right-hand corner of the Results screen. Select a mode

  • Testing
    When in testing mode, the results of the test will not be stored. This mode is used for training a patient to use the application.
  • Standard
    Standard mode requires the user to enter the details of the patient. The details along with the test results will be stored and can be exported.

To proceed to the test, click the [START]  button in the upper right-hand corner.

During the test, the palm of the hand must remain flat on the surface of the table (if you are using an iPhone) or flat on the surface of the iPad.

The test will automatically stop counting after 10 seconds (the default) or the specified duration as configured in the “Info” screen. For accuracy the test will be repeated 3 times. The mean value is calculated automatically. Repeat the test for the other index finger and record the results in your clinical notes.

To share the recorded results, click the export button in the bottom left-hand corner of the Results screen. The results will be attached to a new e-mail as a CSV (Comma Separated Value) file.

Bluetooth Keyboard

As an option, a paired external Bluetooth keyboard can used for tapping.

False positives

When a Bluetooth keyboard is used, the App will reject keypress data faster than 100ms. This is to minimize false positives originating from pressing 2 keys nearly simultaneously or from the autorepeat function when keeping a key down.  If such a condition is detected it will ignore the keypress and will display  ‘Tap —‘  on the screen.

Multitasking Gestures

Should placement of the patient’s hand cause 4/5 finger gesture recognition by the iPad, you can consider disabling this input.

Settings -> General -> Multitasking Gestures -> Off

Research

If you are using the App as part of a research project or publication kindly let me know. Please send message on contact page.

Here is an example of a research study publication

Beneficial effects of an investigational wristband containing Synsepalum dulcificum (miracle fruit) seed oil on the performance of hand and finger motor skills in healthy subjects: A randomized controlled preliminary study.

Note: The Digital Finger Tapping Test has not been approved by the FDA, EMEA or any other medical board and should only be used for neuropsychological evaluation and study purposes within a basic research environment and not in any diagnostic procedure.  It can be used to provide data to support clinical trials or the writing of scientific publications.

 

 

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