NASA Spinoff Database: Web-Based Programs Assess Cognitive Fitness

NASA Center: Johnson Space Center
Public Release Year: 2009
Reference Number: JSC-SO-237
Category: Health And Medicine
Origin: astronaut health

Abstract:
The National Space Biomedical Research Institute, based in Houston and funded by NASA, began funding research for Harvard University researchers to design Palm software to help astronauts monitor and assess their cognitive functioning. The MiniCog Rapid Assessment Battery (MRAB) was licensed by the Criteria Corporation in Los Angeles and adapted for Web-based employment testing. The test battery assesses nine different cognitive functions and can gauge the effect of stress-related deficits, such as fatigue, on various tasks. The MRAB can be used not only for pre-employment testing but also for repeat administrations to measure day-to-day job readiness in professions where alertness is critical.

Full Article:
http://hdl.handle.net/hdl:2060/20090039405

Page Number in Published book: 46
Manufacturer: Criteria Corporation
Website: www.criteriacorp.com

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