Why Objective Neurocognitive Testing is the Future of Brain Health
By Balraj Dhillon, BSc. Kin
Neurocognitive testing is a type of assessment that is used to measure various aspects of brain function, such as memory, attention, and cognitive processing skills. This type of testing is often used to aid in the diagnosis and management of conditions that can affect brain function, such as concussions, brain injuries, and neurodegenerative diseases.
Traditionally, brain function was assessed through subjective measures, such as patient self-report or clinician observation. However, the NeuroCatch® Platform provides a way to objectively measure brain function and track progress over time. This has revolutionized the way the world treats brain health in several ways:
- Improve diagnosis: Neurocognitive testing allows for more informed decision– making when it comes to the diagnosis of conditions that affect brain function. For example, neurocognitive testing can help distinguish which aspects of cognition are most impacted, and it can provide a baseline measure of brain function that can be used to track progress over time.
- Guide treatment: Neurocognitive testing can provide valuable insights into the extent and nature of a brain injury or condition, which can help inform treatment decisions. For example, NeuroCatch® can help identify specific areas of weakness that may need to be targeted in rehabilitation and sensitively track those changes throughout the course of treatment.
- Track progress: Neurocognitive testing provides a way to objectively track progress over time, which can be helpful in evaluating the effectiveness of treatment and identifying any potential long-term effects of a brain injury or condition. With a temporal resolution of ~2 milliseconds, NeuroCatch® can sensitively track changes in cognitive processing to the millisecond.
- Enhance research: NeuroCatch® has also been instrumental in advancing our understanding of brain health and the mechanisms underlying brain injuries and conditions. By providing objective measures of brain function, neurocognitive testing has been instrumental in informing research on treatments and interventions that can improve brain health.
In summary, neurocognitive testing is changing the way the world treats brain health by providing a way to objectively measure and track brain function. This has improved diagnosis, guided treatment, tracked progress, and enhanced research on brain health. As a result, neurocognitive testing is playing a crucial role in improving the lives of individuals with brain injuries and conditions.