Validation of Computerized Cognitive Assessment in Cross-Cultural Populations
Annual rept. 27 Sep 2011-26 Sep 2012
TEXAS UNIV AT DALLAS SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTER
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Traumatic Brain Injury TBI has been referred to as the signature injury in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom, and the Automated Neuropsychological Assessment Metrics ANAM4, a brief computerized battery of neurocognitive tests, was mandated as a pre-deployment tool in 2008 to help evaluate the effects of TBI. Despite preliminary support for ANAM s correlation with traditional neuropsychological tests, little is known about what constitutes normal performance on ANAM4 among culturalethnic minority populations, despite their disproportionate representation in the military, the risk of TBI and PTSD during deployment, and the fact that demographiccultural factors are known to influence performance on many neurocognitive tests. Because of the central role of normative data in interpreting neurocognitive test results, it is important to know whether existing norms are applicable to individuals with different sociocultural backgrounds. The goals of this study are to 1 establish preliminary normative data for ANAM4 in samples of healthy African American, American Indian, and Hispanic American subjects, and 2 compare the ANAM4 test battery with traditional neuropsychological tests that tap similar cognitive abilities.
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