Naturalistic Neurocognitive Assessment Using Mobile Gaming Platforms

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-12-C-0174
Agency Tracking Number: A12A-029-0143
Amount: $99,129.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2012
Solitcitation Year: 2012
Solitcitation Topic Code: A12a-T029
Solitcitation Number: 2012.A
Small Business Information
Empirical Technologies Corporation
P.O. Box 8175, Charlottesville, VA, -
Duns: 942413162
Hubzone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Martin Baruch
 Chief Scientist
 (434) 296-7000
 mcbaruch@comcast.net
Business Contact
 David Gerdt
Title: President
Phone: (434) 296-7000
Email: davidetc@firstva.com
Research Institution
 University of Virginia
 Stewart P Craig
 P.O. Box 800793
Charlottesville, VA, 22908-0793
 (434) 924-8426
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
Neurocognitive health affects the function and quality of life of military service members and their families and is critical to force readiness. Assessing and monitoring neurocognitive health is particularly relevant for supporting service members given the increased rates of traumatic brain injury (TBI) and psychological health problems. In response the development of a smart-phone based game with neurocognitive assessment capabilities is proposed. Phase I will see the conceptualization, design and implementation of a working game app for the neurocognitive assessment of response time and sustained attention, for the Android platform. A design for the next and more complex version, which will include assessment of executive function components, will be laid out to be implemented in Phase II. Also, a detailed plan for several clinical trial options to be performed under Phase II will be compiled.

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