Fidel, Edward A.; Ray, Joseph B.
October 1973
Journal of Learning Disabilities;Oct1973, Vol. 6 Issue 8, p497
Academic Journal
This article presents information on the validity of the revised objective perceptual test in differentiating among nonorganic, minimally organic, and grossly organic children. The Bender-Gestalt continues to be widely used to diagnose neurological dysfunction in children. Too frequently it is used as a rapid screening device in which the overall record is scanned to identify qualitative errors. This method of evaluating B-G protocols is highly vulnerable due to its subjectivity land low interrater scoring reliabilities. The majority of B-C studies has dealt with the reproduction of the B-C figures, and has neglected to examine the antecedent-consequent relationship. The approach taken in this study was based on the assumption that organic involvement leads to a perceptual distortion of the stimulus attended to. Accordingly, the Revised Objective Perceptual Test has been constructed to assess visual-perceptual functioning in organic and nonorganic children. The test consists of four distorted figures for each B-G design and one exact replica. Two additional designs were included in the test. The additional designs also have four distortions and one exact replica. The distorted designs incorporate reversals, incomplete closures, size discrepancies, angular differences, and rotations.


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