Thursday, May 10, 2012

Harvard Innovation Lab: Pymetrics

The previous post referred to one project in the Harvard Innovation Lab. Another that might be of interest to readers of this blog is Pymetrics ( ). Below is a description from their website. 

"The pymetrics assessment tests will help you learn more about your cognitive and personality style using the most advanced techniques. 
Over the past decade, researchers at universities have developed novel ways of assessing cognition and personality. Things they have learned to assess include:
  • How risk-taking are you?
  • How well do you learn from mistakes?
  • How do you respond to reward and punishment?
  • How well do you read emotion on people's faces?

The difference between these novel assessment tests and typical personality tests is that instead of getting information from you answering questions about yourself, we get information about you from having you perform short computerized tests.
These tests have been used almost exclusively for research purposes. pymetrics is taking these advances and launching them outside the research lab."


Michael Daly said...
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Michael Daly said...

Interesting idea to use computerized behavioural tests to evaluate job seekers.

Beyond intelligence tests which clearly predict performance it will be interesting to see if they come up with anything useful in the personality domain... would need good prospective evidence testing the predictive validity of behavioural measures of risk-taking, response to reward/punishment, reading emotion from faces etc. and their link to job performance.