Cognitive cubes: A tangible user interface for cognitive assessment

Ehud Sharlin, Yuichi Itoh, Benjamin Watson, Yoshifumi Kitamura, Steve Sutphen, Lill Liu

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Assessments of spatial, constructional ability are used widely in cognitive research and in clinical diagnosis of disease or injury. Some believe that three-dimensional (3D) forms of these assessments would be particularly sensitive, but difficulties with consistency in administration and scoring have limited their use. We describe Cognitive Cubes, a novel computerized tool for 3D constructional assessment that increases consistency and promises improvements in flexibility, reliability, sensitivity and control. Cognitive Cubes makes use of ActiveCube, a novel tangible user interface for describing 3D shape. In testing, Cognitive Cubes was sensitive to differences in cognitive ability and task, and correlated well to a standard paper-and-pencil 3D spatial assessment.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes
EventConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Minneapolis, MN, United States
Duration: 2002 Apr 202002 Apr 25


OtherConference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityMinneapolis, MN


  • Cognitive assessment
  • Constructional ability
  • Neuropsychological assessment
  • Spatial ability
  • Tangible user interfaces
  • Three-dimensional user interfaces

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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