Cognition in every day life: Feasibility, validation, and lessons-learned

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Cognitive functioning is often impaired in mental and neurological conditions and might fluctuate throughout the day. An experience-sampling tool was upgraded to assess individual's cognition in everyday life. The objectives were to test the feasibility and validity of two momentary cognition tasks.
The momentary Visuospatial Working Memory Task (mVSWMT) and momentary Digit Symbol Substitution Task (mDSST) were add-ons to an ESM app. Healthy adults (n=49, 19-73 years old) performed both tasks within an ESM questionnaire 8 times a day, over 6 consecutive days. Feasibility was determined through completion rate and participant experience. Validity was assessed through contextualization of cognitive performance within intrapersonal and situational factors in everyday life.
Participants experienced the tasks as pleasant, felt motivated, and the completion rate was high (71%). Social context, age, and distraction influenced cognitive performance in everyday life. The mVSWMT was too difficult as only 37% of recalls were correct and requires adjustments (i.e. fixed time between encoding and recall; more trials per moment). The mDSST speed outcome seems the most sensitive to capture between- and within-person variance.
Short momentary cognition tasks for repeated assessment are feasible and hold promise, but more research is needed to improve validity and applicability in different samples. Recommendations for teams engaging in the field include matching task design with traditional neuropsychological tests and involving a multidisciplinary team as well as users. Special attention for individual needs can improve motivation and prevent frustration. Finally, tests should be attractive and competitive to stimulate engagement, but still reflect actual cognitive functioning.

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2022
EventSociety for Ambulatory Assessment Conference 2022: Ambulatory Assessment and Precision Health - Online, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Duration: 14 Jun 202216 Jun 2022


ConferenceSociety for Ambulatory Assessment Conference 2022
Abbreviated titleSAA 2022
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