Pediatric Cognitive Testing

The latest from Cogstate, leaders in optimizing the measurement of cognition

Pilot Study Demonstrates Working Memory Training May Be Effective For Children With Neurofibromatosis

June 27, 2017

While neurofibromatosis often appears in children as visible spots, freckles or tiny bumps, the genetic disorder can also cause learning disabilities, including problems with attention, working memory, inhibition and planning. Up to 40% of children with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) are diagnosed with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). These symptoms can often cause issues at home […]

Cogstate Brief Battery Effective For Detecting Cognitive Impairment in Pediatric MS Patients

May 12, 2017

While multiple sclerosis (MS) is most often diagnosed in adults, symptoms can begin much earlier in life. Pediatric onset MS (POMS) affects 8,000-10,000 children under the age of 18 in the U.S., while an additional estimated 10,000 have at least one symptom. Diagnosis can be difficult as physicians often default to more common childhood disorders […]

High Blood Pressure In Children Negatively Impacts Cognitive Performance

November 16, 2016

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, obesity among U.S. children and adolescents (aged 2-19) remained high between 2011 and 2014 at about 17%. Of these approximately 13 million young people, almost 10% are also diagnosed with primary hypertension, risking long-term cardiovascular organ damage as they move into adulthood. Beyond its physical effects, […]

Cogstate Computerized Battery Effective For Long-Term Monitoring of Cognitive Side Effects in Pediatric Leukemia Patients

October 20, 2016

Children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) often battle neurocognitive deficits as a result of their radiation or chemotherapy treatment. During treatment and sometimes up to two years after treatment, their quality of life is affected by impairments in attention, processing speed and executive functioning. While many pediatric leukemia studies have identified possible counter measures later […]

Measuring The Rate Of Adolescent Cognitive Development In 38,778 Individuals

October 20, 2015

Decades of research on cognitive development and change have given neuroscientists volumes of data on the adult brain to better understand abnormalities and pursue treatments for a variety of neurodegenerative diseases. Of course, every adult brain was once an adolescent brain developing at its own unique pace. Surprisingly, much less is known about this early […]

Early Research Suggests Ketamine Does Not Cause Neurocognitive Decline In Children

April 2, 2015

Used as an inexpensive, easy to administer anesthetic for years, the drug ketamine has been in the news lately for two related uses. While the World Health Organization has named ketamine to be an “essential medicine” that should be available to all health systems, it is also being abused by recreational drug users as a […]

CPAL Test Shows Growth Of Associate Learning In Children

July 21, 2014

One of the cornerstones of a child’s learning development is the ability to make connections between objects, both tangible and abstract.  From learning the face of their mother to constructing phrases with nouns and verbs to discovering that the color red on a stoplight means to stop, being able to recall logical pairings from memory […]

Defining The Normal Range Of Pediatric Cognition

April 30, 2014

Understanding the ever-changing brains of children is a moving target for neuropsychologists. As they move through the development years from infant to young adult, the growth rate of cognitive function and ability is not always a smooth curve for one child, let alone an entire population.  Researchers need to not only accurately measure pediatric cognition […]

Young Cancer Patients Benefit From Computerized Cognition Testing

April 24, 2014

One of the unfortunate side effects for children being treated for cancer is a decline in neurocognitive abilities, including attention, working memory and executive function.  These changes need to be monitored throughout the course of the disease and its treatment. Traditional cognition tests using paper and pencil are difficult for children to complete, as they […]

Demand Grows For Pediatric Cognition Safety Testing Using Cogstate System

February 12, 2014

It is a dilemma faced by parents, physicians and researchers. To find new treatments or medicines for sick children, these same kids often need to be part of clinical research trials. Pharmaceutical companies are required by regulators to collect data on children, and their challenge is to find ways to minimize the time and complexity […]

Children’s Oncology Group Relies On Cogstate For Pediatric Cognition Testing

January 3, 2014

When attacking a disease as diverse and complicated as cancer, it is critical to have an equally diverse but coordinated research collaborative working together. When the patient is a child, the urgency for a treatment or cure increases substantially.  This was the motivation for four pediatric oncology research groups to voluntarily join together back in […]