Computer-Based Cognitive Testing for Adults After a Disaster

Computer-Based Cognitive Testing for Adults After a Disaster
This pilot study uses a sample of older men and women who lived through the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami to evaluate the long-term consequences of large-scale disasters on the cognitive function and psycho-social well-being of older adults.  By examining the relationship between devastating disasters and premature cognitive aging, the study examines the resiliency and recovery of older adults following a cataclysm. Implementing laptop touchscreens to test accuracy, reactivity and control in the participants, the study generates neuro-science assessments of cognitive function and emotional control.

The project provides critical information with respect to the feasibility of implementing touch-screen based assessments for older adults. It also offers preliminary evidence on whether exposure to a devastating disaster results in premature cognitive aging. The work complements on-going research on the longer-term health consequences of the tsunami.

PI: Duncan Thomas 

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