Criterion-Related Validation of a Music-Based Attention Assessment for Individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury

Eunju Jeong, Susan J. Ireland

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The music-based attention assessment (MAA) is a melody contour identification task that evaluates different types of attention. Previous studies have examined the psychometric and physiological validity of the MAA across various age groups in clinical and typical populations. The purpose of this study was to confirm the MAA’s criterion validity in individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and to correlate this with standardized neuropsychological measurements. The MAA and various neurocognitive tests (i.e., the Wechsler adult intelligence scale DST, Delis–Kaplan executive functioning scale color-word interference test, and Conner’s continuous performance test) were administered to 38 patients within two weeks prior to or post to the MAA administration. Significant correlations between MAA and neurocognitive batteries were found, indicating the potential of MAA as a valid measure of different types of attention deficits. An additional multiple regression analysis revealed that MAA was a significant factor in predicting attention ability.

Original languageEnglish
Article number16285
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number23
StatePublished - Dec 2022

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Funding Information:
This work was supported by the National Research Foundation of Korea(NRF) grant funded by the Korea government(MSIT) (NRF-2020R1F1A1076024).

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  • attention assessment
  • criterion-related validation
  • melodic contour identification
  • neurocognitive evaluation
  • neurorehabilitation
  • traumatic brain injury


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