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Cognition in Dementia App

Dick, K; Rohrer, J; Mohamedally, D; (2016) Cognition in Dementia App. Presented at: UCL, UK.

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Abstract

Frontotemporal dementia (FTD) is a common cause of young onset dementia. The only known risk factors are genetic and around a third of FTD runs in families. Genetic FTD offers a window into the earliest changes in the disease by studying family members who are at risk of developing the disorder. Recent data has shown that abnormalities in standard psychological tests can be seen around five years before symptoms start. It is suggested however, that changes may be seen earlier (up to 15 years) if more sensitive cognitive tasks are performed. Currently, the vast majority of standard psychology tests are only available in clinic using pen and paper and are designed to assess people who have already developed dementia. If more sensitive psychology tests are developed that can be performed at home, this may lead to early diagnosis of the disease and will therefore be very helpful in informing pharmaceutical companies when drug trials should be implemented. We are aiming to design and develop an iPad app containing approx. 10-15 novel and adapted short psychology tasks (around 90 seconds each) that imitate those found in brain training apps with the capacity to analyse accuracy, reaction/response times, recognition of recorded speech and motor function. Each task will aim to test different cognitive domains so will therefore require different interactive elements.

Type: Poster
Title: Cognition in Dementia App
Event: UCL
Location: UK
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology > Neurodegenerative Diseases
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Computer Science
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1526934
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