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Title: Developmental Trajectory of Information-Processing Skills in Children: Computer-Based Assessment.
Authors: Williams, Jacqueline;Crowe, Louise M;Dooley, Julian;Collie, Alex;Davis, Gavin A;McCrory, Paul;Clausen, Helen;Maddocks, David;Anderson, Vicki
Affiliation: Department of Neurosurgery, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Child Neuropsychology, Murdoch Children's Research Institute , Melbourne , Australia
Child Neuropsychology , Clinical Sciences, Murdoch Children's Research InstituteMelbourne , Australia
Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne , Melbourne , Australia
Institute for Safety Compensation and Recovery Research, Monash University , Melbourne , Australia
Neurosurgery Department , Cabrini Hospital , Melbourne , Australia
The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health , University of Melbourne , Melbourne , Australia
Melbourne Neuropsychology Services , Melbourne , Australia
Perry Maddocks Trellope, Lawyers , Melbourne , Australia
Issue Date: 2016
EDate: 2014-12-31
Citation: Applied neuropsychology. Child 2016; 5(1): 35-43
Abstract: There are significant merits to a comprehensive cognitive assessment, but they are also time-consuming, costly, and susceptible to practice effects and may not detect change in the context of medical interventions or minor brain disruptions. Brief computer-based assessments focused on "fluid" cognitive domains (e.g., information-processing skills), which are vulnerable to disruption as a result of a brain injury, may provide an alternative assessment option. This study sought to: (a) examine the utility of a well-established, adult-based computerized tool, CogSport for Kids (CogState), for evaluating information-processing skills in children and adolescents; and (b) to report normative data for healthy children and adolescents. The study was a cross-sectional, community-based observational study of typically developing children aged 9 to 17 years old (N = 832). Participants completed the CogSport for Kids test battery, which includes six brief computerized tasks that assess cognitive functions including processing speed, attention, and working memory. Results showed an improvement with age for response speed and accuracy. The greatest change occurred between 9 and 12 years with performance stabilizing at 15 years. This brief screening tool is appropriate for clinical and research use in children aged 9 years and older and may be used to track cognitive development from childhood into adulthood and to identify children who deviate from normal expectations.
DOI: 10.1080/21622965.2014.939271
PubMed URL: 25551176
Type: Journal Article
Observational Study
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
Subjects: CogState
processing speed
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