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New Mobile Game-based Application for Reliable Neurocognitive Assessment

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Department of Defense
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Program Year/Program:
2012 / STTR
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Small Business Information
Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street Suite 1400 Woburn, MA -
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 2012
Title: New Mobile Game-based Application for Reliable Neurocognitive Assessment
Agency / Branch: DOD / ARMY
Contract: W81XWH-12-C-0175
Award Amount: $100,000.00


Superior cognitive function is necessary for Warfighters to be able to critically assess their surrounding environment, quickly and effectively solve problems, make decisions, and adapt to changing situations. Reliable assessment of cognitive status changes is not only important for Soldier performance, but could be critical for diagnosing various illnesses, including PTSD, chronic fatigue, and depression, as well as for identifying the effects of injuries such as Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). We propose to build upon CogniZen, an existing game-based platform sponsored by USAMRMC, designed specifically for the rehabilitation and improvement of cognitive functioning for individuals with cognitive impairments. In the proposed effort, CogniZen will be extended to become a mobile application for the reliable and unobtrusive assessment of cognitive performance in real world settings, without the involvement of a trained administrator. We will utilize an innovative approach by transforming cognitive assessment tests into core game mechanics. The mechanics will ensure that the scientific integrity of the assessment is preserved, and will be represented within the game in a way that is both appealing and engaging. Overall, we believe that our approach will lead to increased use, better baseline data, and higher accuracy in the screening results.

Principal Investigator:

Alexandra Geyer
Senior Cognitive Scientist
(781) 496-2312

Business Contact:

Thomas J. McKenna
Chief Financial Officer
(781) 496-2443
Small Business Information at Submission:

Aptima, Inc.
12 Gill Street Suite 1400 Woburn, MA -

EIN/Tax ID: 043281859
Number of Employees:
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
Research Institution Information:
University of California, Berkeley
2150 Shattuck Avenue
Suite 313
Berkeley, CA 94704-5940
Contact: Paul Martinez
Contact Phone: (510) 642-8115