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General Tests

General tests are used, but they do not measure the right cognitive abilities, i.e., the specific ones needed for doing the job in question. For example, the test below is used by some forensic latent fingeprinting laboratories. However, it does not tap onto the cognitive processing that is required from latent fingeprint examiners (not to mention that this test is not scientifically developed or validated in the first place).

 

Other general tests examine visual imagery. For example, the test below that measures mental transformations. This 'paper folding task', developed by Shepard & Feng  (1972), taps onto 3-D imagery transformations, that are not applicable to the work and cognitive profile of forensic latent fingerprinting.

 

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