SAVE THE DATE Tapia 2018 Orlando, FL September 19-22, 2018

2017 Tapia Conference

SmartStrokes: Evaluating Digital Cognitive Tests on Healthy Elderly Individuals


Presenter: Raniero Lara-Garduno (Texas A&M University)
Co-authors: Tracy A. Hammond (Texas A&M University), Nancy Leslie (Texas Brain and Spine Institute)


Clinical neuropsychological tests typically involve performing guided drawing exercises on pencil and paper under specialist supervision. Automating the process using sketch recognition technology can help in reducing the lengthy diagnosis time as well as provide an opportunity for potential patients to complete these trials remotely. We have developed a digital testing suite that incorporates several of these tests for use in Microsoft Surface tablets, and have visited senior activity centers in our vicinity to perform trials on cognitively healthy patients. Our results are promising, with test completion times matching those of recorded normative data of completed paper-and-pencil examinations. We intend to incorporate this data with ongoing studies with patients suffering from cognitively degenerative diseases to help create behavioral profiles that a computer could recognize.