PsyTimer

iPhone stopwatch for psychological assessment

PsyTimer is a specialized iPhone stopwatch for psychological assessment and other situations which require a combined timer and stopwatch with an easy-to-read display. If a time-limit is set, it is easy to see the remaining time.

PsyTimer stopwatch for iPhone was developed because of the need for a good and quiet stopwatch for neuropsychological assessment experienced by Dr. Palle M. Pedersen in his daily practice as a clinical neuropsychologist. Creative suggestions by users led to inclusion of new features, such as an option to display total seconds rather than minutes and seconds to ease the use with neuropsychological tests where time limits are usually reported in total seconds (90" rather than 1 min. 30 sec.).

The elapsed time will feature on a digital display as well as on an analogue clock. This makes it easy to collect information during testing. All functions are easy to access, and a big Start-Stop button is located at the bottom of the display, making it easy to reach:

Screenshot of iPhone PsyTimer stopwatch

The iPhone will not dim or turn off as long as the stopwatch is active.

You may choose to have the main digital display show the total number of seconds elapsed rather than minutes and seconds. The smaller digital display within the analogue clock face shows the other format (minutes and seconds if the larger display shows total seconds):

PsyTimer screenshot

You can choose to have a time limit. A progress bar will display the elapsed time if a time limit is chosen, so it is easy to check when time is almost up. The switches for Time limit, Repeat and Alarm sound are conveniently located on the primary display:

Screenshot of iPhone PsyTimer stopwatch

If you choose the repeat function, the stopwatch will be cycling an interval. This is convenient when using a test like the "d2" concentration test, where the assessor needs to give a prompt every 20 seconds. A cycle count is displayed.

The digital display will change colour when the time limit has been reached. You can also choose for a sound signal emission at this point (optional):

Screenshot of iPhone PsyTimer stopwatch

You will probably want to put your iPhone in "Flight Mode" when using the stopwatch in order to avoid calls, mails, etc., during testing.

Touching the small "i" button on the main display will reveal the options display.

Screenshot of iPhone PsyTimer stopwatch

On the first page, you can change the time limits.


Screenshot of iPhone PsyTimer stopwatch

On the next page you can select a number of display options:

  1. Screen dimming can be prevented so that it will not interfere with the timing
  2. Time may be shown as total seconds rather than minutes and seconds
  3. The time limits may be minutes rather than seconds, allowing for much longer time limits
  4. The start button may be positioned to the right or to the left. Your preference may depend on whether your are holding the iPhone in your right or left hand or are having it lying on a table - and on your handedness
  5. The screen may flash on or more times when a time limit is reached. This may be usefull if you don't want an alarm sound

  6. Screenshot of iPhone PsyTimer stopwatch

    On the third page a different background colors may be selected.


    Screenshot of iPhone PsyTimer stopwatch

    On the fourth page different alarm sounds may be selected.


    Screenshot of iPhone PsyTimer stopwatch

    The fifth and final page is the help, explaining the functions of the stopwach.


    Available in Apple App-store for $4.99

    Available on the App Store