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About Fepsy

FePsy ('The Iron Psyche') is a system for automated (neuro)psychological testing. It contains a set of computerized tests for cognitive (neuropsychological) functions and a relational database system for storage of the results.

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  All test results are stored in a database, of which the size is only limited by the amount of hard disk storage capacity. Hereby the system can easily recognize a patient who is tested before, and compare former test results. The number of variables stored per test is sufficient to answer most scientific questions in the future (for instance, of all individual items the reaction time is stored). Apart from the database a print file of test results will be made on each new test date. ASCII output per test can be made for statistical analysis (simple SPSS jobs will be supplemented). Delimited ASCII output can be generated for import in Paradox or Access. We will include more tests, which will be available in due course. The Recognition Tasks, the CVST and the Corsi Block test are designed for a Touch Screen, but also works with a mouse (a rather nasty peripheral in psychological sense). Any type of up to date PC will work. Fepsy supports a simultaneous connection with the EEG. You can choose for an option to send output through the serial port or parallel port to get ASCII output (readable text) on one channel of your EEG.
Norms have been gathered for different age levels. Fepsy is at this moment in use in 100 Institutes in the Netherlands, and 225 institutes in other countries. The program is available at The Psychology Company.


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  • Until so far the next sub-tests have been incorporated:

Auditory reaction time

Binary Choice reaction time

Tapping task


Recognition tasks

Vigilance Task

Rhythm Task

Classification Task

6 Visual Half field tasks

Corsi Block tapping


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The original Fepsy (Ferrum + Psyche) was created in 1978 by Bor van Zijl (then Head of the Department of Psychology of Het Instituut voor Epilepsiebestrijding) on Z80 microcomputers. Only questionnaires could be run. In 1983 a neuropsychological battery was made on the Apple-IIe. Being ready in 1986, we only had to find that the Apple IIe was already outdated. A translation was made to the PC. Originally the program was designed to tap the cognitive performance of people administered in our department. Much knowledge has been gathered by using the program in research on side-effects of anti-epileptic drugs.


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