9 April 1999

The Brain Test

The Brain Test is a simple way of assessing BRadykinesia, Akinesia and INcoordination. Its major advantage is that it uses a standard "101" key keyboard - expensive, complex, customised devices are not needed! It is compact (The installation file is about 120K).

How It works

You will need only:

Put the two red stickers on the "S" and ";" (semicolon) keys of the keyboard, run the Brain Test software, and ask the subject to repetitively depress the S and semicolon keys, alternating between the two.

The software will report on the number of errors (missed keys etc) and other performance indices.

Download your copy

To download your copy, click HERE. If this fails you can download the file by file transfer protocol (FTP) at:

How to install the Program

  1. Decide on your source drive (eg the stiffy drive A:) and destination drive (eg the hard disk C:).
    Below we assume that the source is A: and the destination is C: but you may use others.
  2. Download the file BRAIN303.EXE as above, copy it to a "stiffy" and insert the stiffy into the A:
  3. Get into DOS (In Windows 95/98, click on Start | Programs | MS DOS Prompt)
  4. Type in and press the Enter key.
  5. Run the self-extracting archive BRAIN303.EXE by typing and pressing Enter:
  6. Finally, type in to install from the A: to the C: drive.
    DO NOT type a colon after the A or the C, or the installation program will curse you mildly!
    Similarly, to install from the B: to the D: drive, you would type in


The program is provided at no cost. You use it at your own risk - all software is inherently unreliable, but we have tried to make it as user-friendly and crash-proof as we can. If you are so grateful for the program that you want to cover us in cash, rather send the money to your nearest branch of e.g. the Multiple Sclerosis Society, which does great work.


We're still playing with ideas to improve this simple program. When we trust Window$ a bit more (and are really sharp at writing VXDs) we'll make a bulky Windoze version with featuritis.
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