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Does the Cambridge Automated Neuropsychological Test Battery (CANTAB) Distinguish Between Cognitive Domains in Healthy Older Adults?

Lenehan, ME and Summers, MJ and Saunders, NL and Summers, JJ and Vickers, JC (2015) Does the Cambridge Automated Neuropsychological Test Battery (CANTAB) Distinguish Between Cognitive Domains in Healthy Older Adults? Assessment, 23 (3). pp. 163-172. ISSN 1073-1911

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Abstract

The Cambridge Neuropsychological Test Automated Battery (CANTAB) is a semiautomated computer interface for assessing cognitive function. We examined whether CANTAB tests measured specific cognitive functions, using established neuropsychological tests as a reference point. A sample of 500 healthy older (M = 60.28 years, SD = 6.75) participants in the Tasmanian Healthy Brain Project completed battery of CANTAB subtests and standard paper-based neuropsychological tests. Confirmatory factor analysis identified four factors: processing speed, verbal ability, episodic memory, and working memory. However, CANTAB tests did not consistently load onto the cognitive domain factors derived from traditional measures of the same function. These results indicate that five of the six CANTAB subtests examined did not load onto single cognitive functions. These CANTAB tests may lack the sensitivity to measure discrete cognitive functions in healthy populations or may measure other cognitive domains not included in the traditional neuropsychological battery.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1701 Psychology, 1503 Business And Management
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Sport & Exercise Sciences
Publisher: Sage Publications
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Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2016 07:52
Last Modified: 26 Jul 2016 07:52
DOI or Identification number: 10.1177/1073191115581474
URI: http://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/3221

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