What is it about?
We asked how well older adults' scores on computerized, online measures of cognition matched up with their scores from previous testing in the lab. Although the results were promising, they also indicate that online tests need to be carefully designed to make sure that people understand the instructions and don't "cheat" by writing down or looking up answers.
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Why is it important?
Dementia screenings and other cognitive tests are important both for research and medical care, particularly with older adults. Many of these things had to move online due to COVID, but online testing could also be very useful in non-pandemic times, especially for older adults who may not have reliable transportation or have other difficulties traveling for research or medical assessment. However, unless we can make sure they are valid, those tests could do more harm than good.
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This page is a summary of: How well do online, self-administered measures correspond to in-lab assessments? A preliminary examination of three measures in healthy older adults., Neuropsychology, May 2022, American Psychological Association (APA), DOI: 10.1037/neu0000819.
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