Military Uses for Cognitive Testing

In 2008 Congress directed the Pentagon to begin pre and post deployment cognitive testing for US service members.  The main intent in the directive was a recognition that traumatic brain injury (TBI) has occurred at a much higher rate in Iraq and Afghanistan due to blast related injuries, and that the Pentagon wasn’t very well […]

Sports related Concussions and Cognitive Testing

Last fall the National Football League issued new guidelines for players who receive a concussion on the field.  While there are several loopholes that allow players with traumatic brain injuries to stay in the game (including injury underreporting by players), the guidelines set a consistent framework for how brain trauma is identified and monitored within […]

Baseline Cognitive Testing: Early Warning System for Alzheimer’s and Mild Cognitive Impairment?

A recent New York Times article reported that a spinal fluid test for amyloid beta (a brain protein) can be very accurate for predicting Alzheimer’s, especially for people who have already reported memory loss problems. **New: Download the MyBrainTest Consumer Fact Sheet on cognitive screening tests. While a biomarker diagnostic test like this is very […]

Why Computer Based Cognitive Testing is Important

We now have the cognitive diagnostic tools available to identify conditions such as early stage dementia, impairment to driving skills, attention deficit problems, and auditory processing issues that affect language comprehension and reading skills. Improvement to quality of care (and improvement to a person’s quality of life) rank as the top reasons why standardized cognitive […]

Computer Based Cognitive Tests and Assessments (aka Brain Tests)

In 2008 when I was assisting in a neuroscience research lab at University of California San Diego, I evaluated several computerized neurocognitive assessment tools. We were conducting a rewarded learning experiment with Parkinson’s subjects and age-matched controls that used a touch screen monitor, and I wanted to investigate the viability of replacing the paper-based Mini-Mental […]