Middle-aged and older Black adults’ experiences completing a traditional paper-and-pencil cognitive battery and two contemporary computerized cognitive batteries

September 19, 2021

Authors: Debra Dobbs, Nasreen A Sadeq, Lindsay Peterson, Angela Sardina, Shyuan Ching Tan, Travonia Brown-Hughes, Ross Andel, Alyssa Gamaldo

Journal: Neuropsychology development and cognition. Section B Aging neuropsychology and cognition

DOI: 10.1080/13825585.2020.1802403

Year Published: 2021

Traditional neuropsychological batteries may account for disparities in education and may produce testing anxiety, particularly for older Black adults. Computerized batteries may be more amenable to use. The current study used mixed-methods content analysis to explore the perceptions of middle-aged and older Black adults (N = 92) about the CogState Brief Battery (CSBB) and Joggle® computerized battery and a traditional paper-and-pencil neuropsychological battery. The data was analyzed using Atlas.ti. Themes were developed and qualitative responses were converted to quantitative counts to make comparisons to thematic differences based on demographics. Results: The majority of participants liked all three batteries. There were no differences based on demographics. Two prevalent themes across all three measures for what participants liked were 1) mental stimulation and memory, and 2) challenging. A disliked theme specific to the computerized batteries was personal competence. In summary, an array of accessible cognitive batteries is necessary to address individual preferences.

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