The Mental Attributes Profiling System (MAPS) is a language independent screening test, i.e., relies on cognitive rather than language-based measures, capable of predicting children at risk (possible dyslexics) and equipping teachers with a profile of their mental abilities so as to design personalized remediation programs.
The MAPS battery addresses eight major domains of language-independent and -dependent tests that have been frequently linked to reading development and/or disability:
(1) short-term visual memory
(2) short-term auditory memory
(3) auditory and/or visual discrimination
(4) letter-sound & sound-symbol correspondences
(5) lateral awareness
(7) sequential processing
(8) navigational ability.
Work presented in Conferences
Laouris, Y., Makris, P., & Georgiou, G. (2002). MAPS (Mental Attributes Profiling System): A computerized, psychometric system for cognitive analysis. In A. Gagatsis, L. Kyriakides, N. Tsaggaridou, & E. Ftiaka (Eds.), Proceedings of the VII Pancypriot Conference of Educational Research (pp. 225-233), University of Cyprus [In Greek].
Laouris, Y., & Makris, P. (2002). M.A.P.S. Mental Attributes Profiling System computerized battery for dyslexia assessment. Proc. IDA 53rd Annual Conference, November 13-16, 2002 - Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Laouris, Y., & Makris, P. (2002). M.A.P.S. Mental Attributes Profiling System computerized battery for dyslexia assessment. Proc. Multilingual & Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Dyslexia, Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, D. C., June 27-29, 2002, USA.
Papadopoulos, T. C, Laouris, Y., & Makris, P. (2003). The validation of a computerised cognitive battery of tests for the diagnosis of children with dyslexia. Proc. IDA 54th Annual Conference, November 12-15, 2003 – San Diego, California, USA.
Laouris, Y. (2003). An educationally relevant definition of the learning brain. Proc. IDA 54th Annual Conference, November 12-15, 2003 – San Diego, California, USA.
Laouris, Y., Papadopoulos, T. C, & Makris, P. (2004). The validation of MAPS, computerized cognitive battery of tests, in 30 schools of Cyprus. 6th BDA International Conference, March 27-30, 2004 – Warwick, UK.
Gumpert, G., Drucker., S., & Laouris. Y. (2005).Processing contemporary television images; New demands for Attention and concentration. Proc. 3rd International Multilingualism and Dyslexia Conference: Multilingual and Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Dyslexia, Limassol, Cyprus, 2005.
El-Haddad, C. & Laouris, Y. (2005). Introducing the concept of “emotions” in school curricula; Technology-assisted recognition and mimicking of facial expressions in a team of elementary school children with mild learning disabilities. Proc. 3rd International Multilingualism and Dyslexia Conference: Multilingual and Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Dyslexia, Limassol, Cyprus, 2005.
Loredana Mihalca, L., Laouris, Y., Miclea, M. (2007). Children’s school readiness: predicting school competence in first grade. Proc.EARLI Conference, Budapest, Hungary, 26-31 Aug. 2007.
Laouris, Y., & Makris, P. (2007). An interactive ICT demonstration of MAPS (Mental Attributes Profiling System). Proc. EARLI Conference, Budapest, Hungary, 26-31 Aug. 2007.
Taraszow, T., & Laouris, Y. The development of the categorization ability in children age 8 to 12. Proc. EARLI Conference, Budapest, Hungary, 26-31 Aug. 2007.
Aristodemou, E., Taraszow, T., Laouris, Y., Papadopoulos, T., & Makris, P. (2008). Prediction of Reading Performance Using the MAPS (Mental Attributes Profiling System) Multimodal Interactive ICT Application. Proceedings of 7th European Conference on e-learning, Agia Napa, Cyprus.
Work published in peer-reviewed articles
Laouris, Y., Aristodemou, E., and Makris, P. 2009. Prediction of Learning Abilities Based on a Cross-Modal Evaluation of Non-verbal Mental Attributes Using Video-Game-Like Interfaces. In Cross-Modal Analysis of Speech, Gestures, Gaze and Facial Expressions. A. Esposito and R. Vích, Eds. Lecture Notes In Artificial Intelligence, vol. 5641. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, 248-265. DOI= http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-03320-9_24
Loizou, A., & Laouris, Y. (2010).Developing prognosis tools to identify learning difficulties in children using Machine Learning technologies.Cognitive Computation, DOI 10.1007/s12559-010-9052-5.
El‐Haddad, C. and Laouris, Y. (2011). The Ability of Children with Mild Learning Disabilities to Encode Emotions through Facial Expressions. In: Toward Autonomous, Adaptive, and Context-Aware Multimodal Interfaces: Theoretical and Practical Issues. Esposito, A.Esposito, A.M., Martone, R., Müller,V.C., Scarpetta, G., Eds. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) Springer, 6456: 399-415.
Project Director: Dr. Yiannis Laouris
Researchers: Mrs.Christiane El-Haddad, Mrs. Elena Aristodemou, Mrs. Tatjana Taraszow, Dr. Antonis Loizou, Dr. Loredana Mihalka