Sensation refers to the biochemical and neurologic process of detecting incoming nerve impulses as nervous system activity. Sensory processes are vital to one’s level of independence in relationships with others, academic and occupational endeavors, and activities of daily living. Objective tests of sensation can systematically examine and determine if participants have intact sensory functioning. There is also fundamental overlap of certain sensory processes with cognitive and motor functioning.
An assessment of olfaction. Participants are asked to identify and name odors on scratch-and-sniff cards.
A fixed form assessment of the participant’s level of pain in the past 7 days. Participants are asked to rate their pain on a scale of 0 to 10. The Pain Intensity test is also part of the PROMIS-29 Profile.
An assessment of pain administered in a computer-adaptive test (CAT) format. Participants are asked the extent to which pain has interfered with or affected the enjoyment of various activities in the past 7 days. The Pain Interference test is also part of the PROMIS-29 Profile.
An assessment of taste sensitivity. Participants are asked to rate the intensity of salty and bitter solutions on the tip of their tongue and mouth.
An assessment of distance vision. Participants are asked to sit 3 meters from the iPad and identify the letters that appear on the screen, either verbally (ages 3-7 & ages 8+) or by pointing to the same letter on a card in front of them (ages 3-7).
An assessment of the ability to recognize single words amid varying levels of background noise. The participant is asked to repeat the words presented by the audio.