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Script Author: Katja Borchert, Ph.D. ( for Millisecond Software, LLC
Date: 02-03-2015
last updated: 01-19-2016 by K.Borchert ( for Millisecond Software LLC

Copyright © 01-19-2016 Millisecond Software


This script runs the Millisecond Naming Test which is inspired by the Boston Naming Test.
This script uses the 60 items and instructions published by

Nicholas, L.E.; Brookshire, R.H.; MacLennan, D.L.; Schumacher, J.G. & Porrazzo, S.A. (1988).
The Boston Naming Test: Revised Administration and Scoring Procedureds and Normative Information for Non-Brain-Damaged Adults.
In: Clinical Aphasiology. Boston: College-Hill Press. pp. 103–15.

The chapter includes instructions of how to administer the test.

Patients get pictures of 60 items and are asked to name each item.
Test Administrators are asked to write down the responses in as much detail as necessary. 
Responses and scores can be entered into the computer at the end of the task (optional).											  

The default data stored in the data files are:

(1) Raw data file: 'MillisecondNamingTest_raw*.iqdat' (a separate file for each participant)

build:							Inquisit build
computer.platform:				the platform the script was run on
date, time, subject, group:		date and time script was run with the current subject/groupnumber 
blockcode, blocknum:			the name and number of the current block
trialcode, trialnum: 			the name and number of the currently recorded trial
									(Note: not all trials that are run might record data) 
stimulusitem:					the presented stimuli in order of trial presentation
response:						the participant's response
latency: 						the response latency (in ms)
/totalscore:					adds the scores for all pictures (Max: 60)

(2) Summary data file: 'MillisecondNamingTest_summary*.iqdat' (a separate file for each participant)

script.startdate:				date script was run
script.starttime:				time script was started
script.subjectid:				subject id number
script.groupid:					group id number
script.elapsedtime:				time it took to run script (in ms)
computer.platform:				the platform the script was run on
/completed:						0 = script was not completed (prematurely aborted); 1 = script was completed (all conditions run)
/totalscore:					adds the scores for all pictures (Max: 60)

Nicholas et al (1988) published instructions in Appendix A and B.
In short:
* 60 pictures are presented in sequence
* test administrator controls timing of picture presentation; test administrator can advance to next picture by pressing the Spacebar
* each pictures gets presented 20s (editable parameter)
!Note: the picture is not automatically removed. Instead, test administrator needs to keep track of time.
A clock is presented together with each picture. After the initial 20s are up a reminder comes
on screen. If additional seconds have been added, test administrator can wait to press 
until that time is up
* if participant misinterprets item (e.g. uses umbrella for mushroom), a specific corrective prompt can be given
(not specified by Nicholas et al, 1988) and the time reset (a clock is presented 
* generally, one prompt per picture can be given; prompt depends on response
 (e.g. "tell me another name for that", "tell me the best name", "no, this", "give it a try")
* at the end of the test, test administrator can enter responses and scores in the computer (optional)
Note: Scoring
correct responses are scored with a '+' (worth a point), incorrect responses are scored with a '-' (worth 0 points) 

Picture of the 60 items were downloaded from the internet. The pictures depict the item surrounded
by a white background. Each pictures measures 500px x 500px.

Pictures can be exchanged under EDITABLE CODE -> Editable Stimuli

Instructions are provided by Millisecond Software. They were in part taken from
Nicholas et al (1988). They can be edited under EDITABLE CODE -> Editable Instructions

check below for (relatively) easily editable parameters, stimuli, instructions etc. 
Keep in mind that you can use this script as a template and therefore always "mess" with the entire code to further customize your experiment.

The parameters you can change are:

/picturepresentationtime:				the time in ms allocated for each picture (default: 20000ms)
/runscoringprocedure:					true: responses and scores can be entered into computer at the end of the test (default)
										false: the scoring procedure is skipped

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