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Cognitive Screening & Testing Report Released

Computerized Cognitive Assessment Products – Neurocognitive Screening for ADHD, Memory Loss, Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Traumatic Brain Injury Since our last report in 2011, the market for computerized cognitive assessment, screening and testing has continued to expand. Key drivers for this market and growing technology product base include: An Aging Global Population: 500 million people in the […]

Cognitive Function Tests for Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

We thought it would be useful to provide an overview of the range of cognitive function tests available to screen for mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and early signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia. All of the tests mentioned in this article are backed up by published research studies that validate test use as a screening tool […]

Cognitive Assessment and Rehabilitation for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

A recent initiative from the Congressional Brain Injury Task Force highlights an important issue affecting millions of Americans living with traumatic brain injury (TBI): the lack of long-term TBI rehabilitation care for most people, including those with health care insurance. A letter from the office of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius […]

Cognitive Testing in the Workplace

(Author note: This article refers to basic cognitive testing of workers by companies and employers. Personality tests, aptitude tests, IQ tests, integrity and other similar tests are outside the scope of this article.) The growing prevalence of computerized cognitive testing allows a wide range of employers and organizations to test large numbers of workers in […]

Cognitive Testing and Screening in Health Care

Cognitive testing in primary care settings like a doctor’s office or community health clinic is still a rare occurrence. While some health care practices are beginning to take notice of the need for preventive cognitive screening for conditions like memory loss and mild cognitive impairment (which could be the early stages of Alzheimer’s), most medical […]

Cognitive Testing in Clinical Drug Trials

Formal cognitive testing in pharmaceutical trials is relatively new.  Up until 2000, most drug trial designs did not include any form of baseline and end point cognitive testing, even for drugs that act directly on the central nervous system (CNS). A significant push towards standardized cognitive assessments in clinical drug trials occurred in 2005 when […]

Computerized Cognitive Testing in Research Labs

Most of the current paper-based cognitive assessment tests were developed and validated in psychology, neuroscience, and cognitive science lab settings over several decades.  Long term funding and some creative freedom in basic research provide an environment to prototype experiments and tests that can take many years to show results and validate outcomes. Basic research labs […]

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 […]