Cognitive Assessment in the Year 2000
Technological advances in recent years have made it possible to precisely evaluate many physiologic, behavioral, and cognitive variables. However, major advances in the assessment of cognitive functioning in the aged will require conceptual progress in the psychology of assessment as well as technologic progress in test administration and scoring. In this chapter, several applications of cognitive tests in the elderly population are considered, and particular attention is focused on the use of tests to assess treatment effects. In that regard it is argued that the increasing sophistication of computer hardware and software may allow the development of “life-simulator tasks,” that is, tests that simulate the actual tasks of daily life of clinical relevance to aged patients. The advantages of such tasks are discussed, as is the advantage of maintaining conceptual comparability between tests used to evaluate treatments in aged humans and tests used to screen potential treatments in animals.
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