The Relationship of the Cognometer with More Traditional Measures of Cognitive Functioning

Bragin1, R.M. Daly2, J. Reynolds3, N. Dzhafarova1, I. Bragin1

1 Stress Relief Center, Brooklyn, NY, USA

2 Department of Psychology, University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada

3 Cognitive Care, Inc Newport Beach, CA, USA

Presentation at First International Quality Research in Dementia Conference, Westminster, London, UK November 19-22, 2000

Cognometer is a computer software program which employs Neuro- Cognitive Chronometric Assessment Technology (NCAT). It is designed to analyze different cognitive functions by measuring brain-processing speed while performing various tasks. The present research is an attempt to identify some of primary psychometric relationships between Cognometer and two tradtitional measures often used for evaluating cognitive impairment (The Mini Mental Status Exam and the Neurobehavioral Cognitive Status Exam). This comparison will be undertaken in sample of 25 patients, aged 60 to 80, with various levels of cognitive impairment. Their degree of impairment, as assessed by the Mini Mental Status Exam (MMSE), ranged from mild to moderate. We compared the MMSE and the Cognometer results to modified versions of the Short Term Memory Test ( part of the Cognometer). By doing this, we were able to acquire information regarding short term memory for letters, shapes, pictures, numbers, words and objects. With the help of the Cognometer we were able to look at all these parameters independent of each other.

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