Early detection of cognitive impairments with the smart ageing serious game

Dani Tost, Ariel von Barnekow, Eloy Felix, Stefania Pazzi, Stefano Puricelli, Sara Bottiroli

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Abstract

This paper presents the design and usability validation of a telematic test aimed at the early detection of Mild Cognitive Impairments in persons ageing between 50 and 80. The test represents a 3D domestic environment in which users perform 5 daily life activities that involve various cognitive skills: short-term and mid-term memory, attention, executive functions and spatial orientation. The test is also aimed at assessing cognitive impairments in persons already diagnosed or having neurodegenerative dementia. In order to make it usable by seniors without previous computer literacy, the test integrates different accessibility features: automatic navigation, assisted selection and feedback mechanisms. The usability of the system has been tested with a set of target users. The results show that users are able to understand the virtual environment and the tasks. In addition, they learn very quickly to manoeuvring in it. Moreover, they find it attractive.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunications in Computer and Information Science
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Pages183-195
Number of pages13
Volume515
ISBN (Print)9783662486443
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Event2nd International Workshop on ICTs for Improving Patients Rehabilitation Research Techniques, REHAB 2014 - Oldenburg, Germany
Duration: May 20 2014May 23 2014

Publication series

NameCommunications in Computer and Information Science
Volume515
ISSN (Print)18650929

Other

Other2nd International Workshop on ICTs for Improving Patients Rehabilitation Research Techniques, REHAB 2014
CountryGermany
CityOldenburg
Period5/20/145/23/14

Keywords

  • 3D serious games
  • Mild cognitive impairments
  • Screening

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science(all)

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