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Integrated Cognitive Assessment: Combining Measurement, System, and Mission

Award Information

Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
88067
Program Year/Program:
2008 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
074440
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
NTI, Inc.
927 Fred Johnston Drive Fairborn, OH -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2008
Title: Integrated Cognitive Assessment: Combining Measurement, System, and Mission
Agency: NASA
Contract: NNX08CC20P
Award Amount: $99,982.00
 

Abstract:

Existing cognitive performance test batteries consist of synthetic tasks that, while they may probe isolated cognitive functions, provide an incomplete and unconvincing picture of an individual's true cognitive capacity within the total context of space missions. In essence, they are 'laboratory' measures that appear unrelated to the real-world environment. This leads to user non-compliance or rejection. The present proposal describes a technique for integrating traditional cognitive performance measures with assessment of the system and mission in which the individual must operate. This yields quantified measures of the person's cognitive ability to perform specific jobs in space. Specifically, an entertaining and scientifically rigorous assessment tool is integrated with a sleep/fatigue model and a quantified workload estimate for each task. This is accomplished by selecting tests based on task analyses of what the astronaut actually has to do, using the Fatigue Avoidance Scheduling Tool (FAST) to predict performance capacity as a function of sleep/rest, and integrating a mathematical vector to quantify the workload of specific tasks. The resulting "Person-System-Mission (PSM) index" provides a totally new and unique way not only to assess present cognitive capability, but to diagnose specific causes of decrement, and to suggest remedial actions.

Principal Investigator:

Robert D. O'Donnell, Ph.D.
Principal Investigator
9378790612
ODNova@aol.com

Business Contact:

Beth A. Barker
Business Official
9378790612
BBarker307@aol.com
Small Business Information at Submission:

NTI, Inc.
1 1/2 S. Central Avenue Fairborn, OH 45324

EIN/Tax ID: 311191290
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No