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Cognitive Assessments

Here you have Sharp­Brains’ 5 most pop­u­lar arti­cles on cog­ni­tive assess­ments since 2006. Remem­ber that you can sub­scribe to our free month­ly Newslet­ter to receive new arti­cles on the top­ic.

1.
Can We Pick Your Brain re. Cog­ni­tive Assess­ments?
- By Dr. Joshua Stein­er­man
If you could, you would. You can, but pre­fer not to know it?
More than any oth­er organ, your brain is up to you. You are what you think, not just what you eat. Here’s some food for thought:
Set­ting cog­ni­tive and behav­ioral goals rais­es chal­leng­ing and wor­thy ques­tions: What do you […]
2.
Cen­tre for Brain Fit­ness at Bay­crest: Inter­view with Dr. William Reich­man
- By Alvaro Fer­nan­dez
In April 2008, Bay­crest, a lead­ing research insti­tute focused on aging and brain func­tion, received $10-mil­lion from the Ontario Gov­ern­ment to cre­ate a ground­break­ing Cen­tre for Brain Fit­ness. Its stat­ed goal was to “devel­op and com­mer­cial­ize a range of prod­ucts designed to improve the brain health of aging Ontar­i­ans and oth­ers around the world”.
“Our gov­ern­ment is […]
3.
Neu­rocog­ni­tive assess­ments and sports con­cus­sions
- By Alvaro Fer­nan­dez
Con­cus­sion effect ‘spans decades’ (BBC)
— “Peo­ple con­cussed in their youth show sub­tle signs of men­tal and phys­i­cal prob­lems even more than 30 years lat­er, say Cana­di­an researchers.”
— “Dr Louis de Beau­mont, who led the study, said: “This study shows that the effects of sports con­cus­sions in ear­ly adult­hood per­sist beyond 30 years post-con­cus­sion, and that […]
4.
Com­put­er­ized Cog­ni­tive Assess­ments: oppor­tu­ni­ties and con­cerns
- By Alvaro Fer­nan­dez
You know your weight. And your phys­i­cal fit­ness. And a vari­ety of health-relat­ed met­rics.
What about your brain fit­ness?
Two recent announce­ments bring out how the assess­ment of cog­ni­tive abil­i­ties, or brain func­tions, is increas­ing­ly being done thanks to new com­put­er­ized options:
1) Last week, OptumHealth announced an exclu­sive 3-year agree­ment (esti­mat­ed at $18m) with the Aus­tralian com­pa­ny […]
5.
Posit Sci­ence, Nin­ten­do Brain Age, and Brain Train­ing Top­ics
- By Alvaro Fer­nan­dez
A few col­leagues referred me over the week­end to a very nice arti­cle at busi­ness pub­li­ca­tion Port­fo­lio. While the arti­cle does an excel­lent job at intro­duc­ing the read­er to the con­cept and promise of com­put­er­ized cog­ni­tive assess­ments, it also con­tributes to the mythol­o­gy of “Brain Age”.

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