New Mobile Game-based Application for Reliable Neurocognitive Assessment

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-12-C-0175
Agency Tracking Number: A12A-029-0303
Amount: $100,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2012
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: A12a-T029
Solicitation Number: 2012.A
Small Business Information
12 Gill Street, Suite 1400, Woburn, MA, -
DUNS: 967259946
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Alexandra Geyer
 Senior Cognitive Scientist
 (781) 496-2312
Business Contact
 Thomas McKenna
Title: Chief Financial Officer
Phone: (781) 496-2443
Research Institution
 University of California, Berkeley
 Paul Martinez
 2150 Shattuck Avenue
Suite 313
Berkeley, CA, 94704-5940
 (510) 642-8115
 Nonprofit college or university
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.

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