What are the important healthcare elements of the Cogniciti Assessment?
People who have completed the Online Brain Health Assessment have been tested on
cognitive measures most closely associated with changes due to age: attention, memory,
and executive functions. The particular tasks comprising the Assessment are based
on clinical and research tools that are known to be sensitive to subtle cognitive
problems. They include adapted versions of the Trail Making Test and Stroop Task,
as well as tests measuring face-name recognition and a visual working memory test.
These tests have been clinically researched and found to be adequate in terms of
internal consistency and test-retest reliability.
We have used normative-based cutoff score, specific to the user's age and education, to answer the question "Is my memory normal or should I see my doctor?" In addition, test takers have completed a self-reported health history related to cognitive function including concerns with memory, stress/anxiety, depression, and existing medical conditions. Those findings have been consolidated into a Doctor's Report designed with input from Baycrest clinicians. The purpose of the Doctor's Report is to give the patient's healthcare provider a clinically meaningful summary of the patient's memory concerns, medical history, and cognitive performance. We anticipate that the report will save clinicians time and provide high quality information.
Are there healthcare tools available beyond the Assessment?
Yes. With the help of Baycrest scientists, researchers, and clinicians Cogniciti has crafted a science-based website filled with information and tools related to memory, caregiving, and other brain health issues. Clinicians, if they choose, can direct their patients to the website for more information following an office visit.
In addition, since mood plays an important role in memory, Cogniciti offers an online version of the Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Scale (DASS) developed by the Psychology Foundation of Australia and intended by the Foundation to be available only to clinicians and researchers. This 21 question self-reported Mood assessment has been extensively researched. Each of the three DASS scales contains 7 items. The Depression scale assesses dysphoria, hopelessness, devaluation of life, self-deprecation, lack of interest/involvement, anhedonia, and inertia. The Anxiety scale assesses autonomic arousal, skeletal muscle effects, situational anxiety, and subjective experience of anxious affect. The Stress scale is sensitive to levels of chronic non-specific arousal. It assesses difficulty relaxing, nervous arousal, and being easily upset/agitated, irritable/over-reactive and impatient. Subjects are asked to use 4-point severity/frequency scales to rate the extent to which they have experienced each state over the past week. As the scales of the DASS have been shown to have high internal consistency and to yield meaningful discriminations in a variety of settings, the scales should meet the needs of both researchers and clinicians who wish to measure current state or change in state over time (e.g., in the course of treatment) on the three dimensions of depression, anxiety and stress. The main website for the DASS: www.psy.unsw.edu.au/dass/
What ages is the Cogniciti Assessment normed to support?
The Assessment has been normed to support men and women ages 40 to 79 years across all education backgrounds. While all ages may complete the Assessment a report is provided only to adults who have identified their age in the range of 40 to 79 years.
Has the Cogniciti Assessment been designed to diagnose a brain health condition?
No. The Cogniciti Assessment is a clinically researched screening tool whose purpose is to help get patients with brain health issues more quickly to a doctor for a diagnosis.
Does Cogniciti have interest in collaborating on new research projects?
Yes. There are a number of research projects related to our current Assessment that we'd like to complete. For example: measurement on healthy adults versus gold standard testing; expanded research to provide normative data for sub-scores for immediate memory, delayed memory, attention, and executive functions; research to extend the Assessment to tablets and other mobile devices. In addition Cogniciti is open to providing its measurement tool for new brain health research projects.
If you would like more information about Cogniciti's Assessment, would like to work on a Cogniciti research project, or have a research or clinical project of your own where Cogniciti's Assessment work would play a role please contact Cogniciti at email@example.com.
PDF of the peer reviewed research article that details the science behind Cogniciti's assessment. Click Here.