Evaluation of a new serious game based multitasking assessment tool for cognition and activities of daily living: Comparison with a real cooking task

Vallejo, Vanessa; Wyss, Patric; Chesham, Alvin; Mitache, Vladimir Andrei; Müri, René Martin; Mosimann, Urs Peter; Nef, Tobias (2017). Evaluation of a new serious game based multitasking assessment tool for cognition and activities of daily living: Comparison with a real cooking task. Computers in human behavior, 70, pp. 500-506. Elsevier 10.1016/j.chb.2017.01.021

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Multitasking is present in all activities of daily living and needs precise assessment to allow ecological patient-specific intervention. The use of multitasking in diagnostic tools remains rare, due to the difficulties of implementing this in laboratory settings. To overcome these difficulties, Serious Games represent a good surrogate method as it offers the possibility to recreate a functional setting in a safe daily living environment and allows testing and quantifying multitasking performances in an enjoyable and motivating way. The purpose of the study was to investigate the potential of a new Serious Game based multitasking assessment tool by examining the cognitive validity and the real life representability of the tool. Eighteen healthy elderly controls participated in the study. They were asked to execute a cooking activity in the Serious Game and in real life, and were assessed using a neuropsychological test battery. Results showed that performance on the virtual cooking task was associated with multiple cognitive measures and that performances in the virtual task were highly representative of what participants did in real life. This tool is a first step toward including ecologically valid measures for a comprehensive assessment of healthy elderly controls and may help to assess elderly patients with diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

10 Strategic Research Centers > ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research > ARTORG Center - Gerontechnology and Rehabilitation
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Psychiatric Services > University Hospital of Geriatric Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Head Organs and Neurology (DKNS) > Clinic of Neurology
10 Strategic Research Centers > ARTORG Center for Biomedical Engineering Research

Graduate School:

Graduate School for Cellular and Biomedical Sciences (GCB)

UniBE Contributor:

Vallejo, Vanessa; Wyss, Patric; Chesham, Alvin; Mitache, Vladimir Andrei; Müri, René Martin; Mosimann, Urs Peter and Nef, Tobias

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health
500 Science > 570 Life sciences; biology

ISSN:

0747-5632

Publisher:

Elsevier

Language:

English

Submitter:

Vanessa Vallejo

Date Deposited:

11 Aug 2017 15:35

Last Modified:

11 Aug 2017 15:35

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.chb.2017.01.021

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Multitasking; Serious games; Cognition; Activities of daily living; Elderly

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.99007

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/99007

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