Home-based cognitive monitoring using embedded measures of verbal fluency in a computer word game

Annu Int Conf IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2008:2008:3312-5. doi: 10.1109/IEMBS.2008.4649913.


Verbal fluency is a standard neuropsychological test that measures the ease with which a person can produce words. It is commonly used in the diagnosis and characterization of cognitive disorders. In this paper, we describe a method for measuring a proxy for verbal fluency from embedded metrics within a computer word game. We evaluated our ability to monitor verbal fluency metrics over a period of one year in 30 elderly subjects by analyzing their computer game play. We found good correspondence between these computer metrics and the scores from standard verbal fluency assessments.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Cognition Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Computers
  • Geriatric Assessment / methods*
  • Humans
  • Language
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Quality of Life
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Software
  • Speech
  • Speech Production Measurement
  • Verbal Behavior
  • Video Games