What is Cognitive Testing?
Our ability to think clearly, make quick decisions, pay attention and remember what we need is determined by our cognitive health and performance.
Good cognitive health is something that we often take for granted, but when it declines can severely affect our life and ability to function from day to day. In some cases declining cognitive health can be a precursor to neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. However, if problems are identified early then steps can be taken to improve cognitive health and performance.
More people than ever are interested in their brain-health and research shows that staying mentally sharp is a top priority for older adults. Staying mentally sharp and performing at your best is important for everyone though - It can make the difference between winning or losing that important business deal, between your team winning first or second place at an Olympic sports event, can help you take emergency evasive action on a freeway to avoid an accident, can help you manage a busy lifestyle or simply help you to remember where you left your keys !
The Perth Brain Centre provides a range of cognitive assessments based upon patient’s needs, including both “traditional pen and paper testing” and computerised cognitive tests.
The Hierarchic Dementia Scale Revised (HDS-R) is a reliable, validated assessment tool that assesses 20 different cognitive dimensions including orientation, word-finding, memory and concentration. It is typically used for individuals with a diagnosis of dementia, of which there are over 100 different types, however can also be used for individuals with varying diagnoses (such as Transient Amnesia, Mild Cognitive Impairment, Parkinson’s etc) or individuals without a diagnosis who are reporting memory or cognitive issues. The HDS-R is not designed a diagnostic tool, however it is useful in measuring changes in cognitive abilities and limitations over time and can be used to create highly individualised care-plans.
The Standardised Mini Mental State Examination (SMMSE) and the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) are widely used by health professionals as brief screening tools to assess mild cognitive impairment. In clinic, we typically perform these assessments in conjunction. The SMMSE and MoCA measure a number of different cognitive domains including executive function, memory, attention and orientation. These assessments are not designed as diagnostic tools, however offer valuable screening which is useful for measuring changes over time or prompting further comprehensive evaluation.
Cantab Insight is a research-based computerised assessment tool developed by Cambridge Cognition, the leading global provider of computerised cognitive assessments in academic research, clinical drug trials and healthcare provision - Its products are validated by 30 years of leading neuroscience and are used by 10 of 12 largest pharmaceutical companies in the world and 500 academic research organisations in more than 60 countries.
Cantab Insight Cognitive Assessment
Who can benefit ?
We all know the importance of looking after our physical health and well-being as part of a healthy lifestyle. We now understand that it is just as important to look after our cognitive health and performance as well. Everyone who is interested in their brain health can benefit from cognitive testing.
Research indicates that what we do today has a direct impact on our cognitive health and performance tomorrow. So, whether you are concerned about your cognitive health, simply interested in what you can do to stay mentally sharp, or want to perform at your best, take the first step and get an accurate assessment and professional advice.
Accurate assessment and clear reporting
Cantab Insight quickly and accurately measures cognitive function across 5 key domains:
Working Memory - Critical for learning and comprehension.
Executive Function - Central control, planning, strategy and flexible thinking.
Processing Speed - The ability to perform mental tasks quickly and efficiently.
Attention - The ability to concentrate and actively process information.
Episodic Memory - Memory of events and experiences.
All patients are presented with a clear personalised report that is easy to understand. The results provide an accurate evaluation of cognitive performance and can be used to:
Provide a base-line assessment allowing monitoring of cognitive health and performance over time.
Improve cognitive health and performance by prompting a review of cognitive health and lifestyle, and identify specific cognitive functions that require improving.
Establish potential risks of clinically relevant cognitive problems.