Cognition on the Go: The Opportunities and Challenges for Mobile Cognitive Health Research

A School of Psychology Optimal Aging Colloquium by

Dr. Martin J. Sliwinski, Penn State University

The use of mobile technology affords novel opportunities to mitigate temporal, geographic, and personnel constraints imposed by in-person cognitive testing procedures, and to improve temporal precision by increasing the frequency of repeated assessments. There are, however, technical and logistic barriers that impede widespread utilization of mobile cognitive assessments. I will describe our efforts to overcome these barriers and recent research on validation and application of mobile cognitive tests embedded in ecological momentary assessment (EMA) measurement bursts.

Reception to follow.

Dr. Sliwinski is the Director for the Center for Healthy Aging and Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State. His research interests cover a broad range of topics in the domain of aging and health, including cognition, dementia risk, stress, and emotion regulation. Much of Dr. Sliwinski's research is aimed at identifying risk and protective factors for dementia and mild cognitive impairment, and improving methods for the early detection of cognitive impairment. He is particularly interested in how aspects of everyday experiences influence a person’s ability to memorize, reason and concentrate, and how these micro-level processes (e.g., everyday stress, affect, rumination) relate to long-term changes in mental, physical and cognitive health.

     Dr. Sliwinski is the Director for the Center for Healthy Aging and Professor of Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State. His research interests cover a broad range of topics in the domain of aging and health, including cognition, dementia risk, stress, and emotion regulation. Much of Dr. Sliwinski's research is aimed at identifying risk and protective factors for dementia and mild cognitive impairment, and improving methods for the early detection of cognitive impairment. He is particularly interested in how aspects of everyday experiences influence a person’s ability to memorize, reason and concentrate, and how these micro-level processes (e.g., everyday stress, affect, rumination) relate to long-term changes in mental, physical and cognitive health.
     Dr. Sliwinski's current work is in the area of Mobile Cognitive Health and centers on using smartphones for obtaining high precision measurements of cognitive function and for assessing subtle variations and changes in cognitive performance in the context of everyday life. He collaborates on numerous projects with faculty in Human Development and Family Studies, Biobehavioral Health, Kinesiology, Sociology, and Psychology at Penn State, as well as with colleagues from other research institutions.

 

 

Event Details

Date/Time:

  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018
    3:00 pm - 4:30 pm