Evaluation of a Computer Program for Testing Thinking Abilities

What we are studying

The purpose of this research study is to test the usefulness of a new type of computer program. This tool called SIMBAC (Simulation-Based Assessment of Cognition) will be used to measure how older adults perform doing four familiar tasks that involve remembering and other thinking abilities.

Who we are studying

  • Men and Women
  • Races:
    • White
    • African American
    • Asian
    • American Indian or Alaska Native
    • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
    • Other
  • Not Hispanic or Latino
  • Ages 60+

Eligibility Criteria

  • Individuals with no cognitive impairment
  • Mild cognitive impairment or dementia (all-cause)
  • English speaking
  • No significant visual
  • Hearing or motor impairments
  • No history of stroke; Parkinson’s disease
  • Schizophrenia; bipolar disorder; or substance dependence and persons with reversible cognitive impairment
  • Not currently under active treatment for moderate to severe depression
  • Agrees to return in 1 year for follow-up assessment
  • Friend of family member agrees to provide information about participant's functional abilities

What is involved

  • 2 clinic visits 1 year apart for memory and other cognitive assessment
  • Proxy (friend/family member) completes several questionnaires regarding functional abilities of the participant twice; one year apart
  • Participant completes a set of five short simulations of everyday tasks; this is repeated 1 year later

Contact Information

Study Coordinator
Dana Chamberlain
Principal Investigator
Stephen Rapp, PhD

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