Researchers are looking at new ways to test memory using smartphones

Woman holding a smartphone looking at the screen

Lindsay Clark, PhD, and Sterling Johnson, PhD, examined data collected through the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention (WRAP) and the German longitudinal study DELCODE, which determined that smartphone task performance could be used to identify those with and without mild cognitive impairment (MCI). The researchers concluded that smartphone tasks completed by older adults independently may increase access to cognitive screening and provide a way to identify or monitor cognitive symptoms for further evaluation or clinical trials.

A remote digital memory composite to detect cognitive impairment in memory clinic samples in unsupervised settings using mobile devices,” was published by npj Digital Medicine on March 26, 2024.

"Memory self-test via smartphone can identify early signs of Alzheimer’s disease," was published by DZNE - German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases on March 26, 2024.

Updated April 22, 2024.