Date of Award

2003

Degree Name

Psychology

College

College of Education

Type of Degree

M.A.

Document Type

Thesis

First Advisor

Tony Goudy

Second Advisor

Elizabeth Boyles

Third Advisor

Joseph Shaver

Abstract

The usage of the personal computer has become more prevalent in the field of psychology. The advent of the Personal Digital Assistant (PDA) has opened a new area of possible clinical application. These pen-based devices allow for a more natural interface and more mobility. The feasibility and application of the PDA for personality assessment will be examined in this study. Does having a test administered by a PDA lead to a significant change in response patterns compared to a test administered by the traditional pen and paper method? The purpose of this study was to examine differences in the anxiety levels of light computer users and heavy computer users using a PDA. Eight volunteers were utilized for this study. Analyses revealed no significant differences between groups concerning state anxiety and trait anxiety.

Subject(s)

Anxiety - Testing - Automation.