MemTrax, An Online Test, Helps Track Cognitive Problems in Alzheimer’s

MemTrax, An Online Test, Helps Track Cognitive Problems in Alzheimer’s
An online test, called MemTrax, may help screen and predict the progression of cognitive impairment in Alzheimer’s and other disorders, according to a new study using artificial intelligence. The research, “Episodic-Memory Performance in Machine Learning Modeling for Predicting Cognitive Health Status Classification,” was published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease. Despite their increasing availability, memory assessment tools still have limited accuracy and reliability. MemTrax, which analyzes the ability to recognize images, is presented as a quick and simple way to track memory, but results regarding its efficacy are not conclusive. A team from Florida Atlantic University (FAU), MemTrax, SIVOTEC Analytics, the brain training program HAPPYneuron, and Stanford Medicine hypothesized that artificial intelligence could provide a solution to manage Alzheimer’s. Their work used supervised machine learning — a subset of artificial intelligence — and predictive statistical modeling to evaluate the utility of MemTrax to assess cognitive impairment. The scientists used a dataset including questions on memory, sleep quality, medications, and other medical conditions affecting thinking from a group of 18,395 adults who took the MemTrax online Continuous Recognition Tasks (M-CRT) test as par
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