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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


ABOUT COGNICHECK'S ONLINE MEMORY SCREENINGS
1. What comprises a CogniCheck Online Memory Screening?
 
Each CogniCheck Online Memory Screening consists of three different standardized and scientifically evaluated memory screening tests, known collectively as the Computer Reliant Evaluative and Web Screening (CREWS) Tests of Neuropsychological Functioning. These tests are designed to provide individuals between 45 and 86 years of age with a convenient and readily accessible means to screen aspects of their short-term verbal and visual memory processes in the privacy and comfort of their homes or offices. Upon completion of the memory screening tests and payment transaction, participants' performances on each measure will be automatically computed and compared to those obtained by a similar-aged (see also question 5) reference sample of cognitively intact individuals who participated in the standardization/normative study. A report that provides an interpretative summary of participants' memory screening performances/results will then be generated automatically and made available to them should they desire to print and retain a copy.
 
2. Is there more than one version of the CogniCheck Online Memory Screening?
 
CogniCheck offers both "full" and "short" versions of its online memory screenings. The "full" version, which is the website's most comprehensive memory screening, is designed to assess aspects of both immediate and delayed (30 minutes) verbal and visual memory processes, whereas the "short" version primarily screens immediate memory processes. While individuals are encouraged to complete the "full" version, which may aid in the identification of both immediate and delayed memory impairments that might otherwise go undetected, the "short" version may prove beneficial to persons who are experiencing time constraints or prefer a briefer screening of their immediate memory processes.
 
3. What are the potential benefits of obtaining a memory screening?
 
There are at least several potential benefits of obtaining a memory screening. Specifically, memory screenings may aid in the identification of (early) memory declines/loss, which in turn, can alert individuals of the need to obtain more comprehensive diagnostic evaluations by licensed health care providers to determine if, and to what extent, actual memory/neuropsychological impairments are present, as well as the underlying cause(s) of such difficulties and the most appropriate treatment(s). Depending on the underlying cause(s) of memory impairments, timely treatment interventions can then be initiated in an effort to improve memory/cognitive functioning or at least slow the progression of further cognitive decline. Alternatively, completion of a memory screening may provide reassurance/peace of mind to individuals who are concerned about, or just interested in, their memory processes, but who are found not to be experiencing any "age inappropriate" memory impairments. A memory screening may also prove useful as a baseline screening to which future such assessments can be compared. Please note, however, that CogniCheck Online Memory Screenings are intended to be utilized only as screening tools and for informational purposes, and they are not designed, or intended, in any way to be conclusive or to provide definitive diagnoses, recommendations, and/or treatments, nor are they designed to be utilized as substitutes for comprehensive examinations/evaluations, recommendations, and/or treatments by licensed health care professionals.
 
4. How do CogniCheck Online Memory Screenings compare to those routinely utilized in clinical settings?
 
CogniCheck Online Memory Screenings are designed specifically to screen aspects of individuals' short-term verbal (i.e., involving words and numbers) and visual (i.e., involving human faces) memory processes. Similar types of memory processes are commonly evaluated by licensed neuropsychologists in clinical practice.
 
5. Are CogniCheck Online Memory Screenings designed for any particular age groups?
 
CogniCheck's Online Memory Screenings and the CREWS Tests of Neuropsychological Functioning are designed specifically for individuals between 45 and 86 years of age. Completion of these screening tests by persons who fall outside of this age range may result in inaccurate interpretations of their performances as reference/normative data do not exist at present for such groups. However, the screening performances of individuals under 45 or over 86 years of age who voluntarily elect to complete a memory screening will be compared to the performances of the reference group that lies closest to their age (i.e., 45 to 49 or 80 to 86 age group norms respectively).
 
6. How much time will a CogniCheck Online Memory Screening take?
 
The "full" version of the memory screening, from start to finish, typically takes 50 to 60 minutes to complete, while the "short" version requires approximately 30 minutes.
 
7. How much will a CogniCheck Online Memory Screening cost?
 
To contain costs and make CogniCheck's Online Memory Screenings readily affordable, the cost of each "full" memory screening is only $14.99, while the "short" version is only $9.99. Both memory screening versions are payable by major credit cards such as Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.
 
8. How can I maximize my CogniCheck Online Memory Screening test performances?
 
A diversity of steps can be taken both prior to, and during, your memory screening in an effort to maximize your memory screening test performances. Such steps range from completing the memory screening in a quiet, comfortable, and distraction-free environment, to strictly following all standardized instructions and procedures that are provided to you throughout the screening, to putting forth your best effort and remaining focused on all screening tasks. A more comprehensive list of instructions and tips for maximizing your CogniCheck Online Memory Screening performances will be provided to you just prior to beginning the actual memory screening.
 
9. During the memory screening process, will my identity/personal information remain private?
 
CogniCheck recognizes the importance that visitors to its website place on their privacy and security. For privacy purposes, during the memory screening testing phases and in the final report containing your memory screening results, you will be identified by your self-selected user name (and password). Furthermore, for security purposes, all information that you provide to complete your payment transaction at the conclusion of your memory screening will be transmitted over a secure connection. For further information regarding your privacy and use of this site, please review the "Privacy" and "Terms and Conditions" statements.
 
10. What if I am disconnected from the internet or CogniCheck.com's website during my memory screening?
 
If you are inadvertently disconnected from the internet or CogniCheck.com's website prior to beginning the actual memory screening tests or after all memory screening test phases have been completed, it is possible to return to the website, via your self-selected user name and password, and complete the screening or obtain your results without invalidating your memory screening test performances/ results. However, if you are disconnected from the internet/website once you have begun the actual memory screening test phases, it is very unlikely that you could return to the website and complete the memory screening without violating the screening's standardized administration procedures and invalidating your memory screening results.
 
11. To whom will my CogniCheck Online Memory Screening test performances be compared?
 
Your performances on each memory screening test will be computed automatically and compared to those obtained by a similar-aged (see also question 5) reference sample of cognitively intact individuals who participated in the standardization/normative study (i.e., where the mean, standard deviation, and percentile for each test variable and age group were determined). To increase the interpretative accuracy of the memory screenings' results, the reference sample has been stratified/divided into eight age groups (i.e., 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-86). For example, the screening performances of an individual who is 48 years of age would be compared to those obtained by the 45-49-year-old reference sample, while a 67-year-old person's screening performances would be compared to those obtained by the 65-69-year-old reference sample.
 
12. If my CogniCheck Online Memory Screening results indicate any impaired memory performances, does this mean that I am suffering from actual memory impairment?
 
If your screening results indicate any impaired memory performances, this may or may not reflect actual memory impairment. While impaired memory screening performances may be indicative of actual memory impairments, the causes of which may range from a diversity of past or present medical conditions, to medication side effects and chronic drug (e.g., alcohol, etc.) use, to previous head injuries and nutritional/vitamin deficiencies, to conditions such as depression and, in certain cases, to some form of dementia, such as Alzheimer's disease, it is also possible that factors, other than actual memory impairment, such as environmental (e.g., noise, distractions, etc.) and individual variables (e.g., temporary lapses in attention/concentration, etc.) that were present during the screening may have contributed to impaired memory screening results. However, since the specific underlying cause(s) of impaired memory performances cannot be determined via this screening, you are encouraged to consider following up with a licensed health care professional if you exhibited impaired memory performances during the screening to determine if, and to what extent, actual memory/ neuropsychological impairments are present, as well as the underlying cause(s) of such difficulties and the most appropriate treatment(s). For additional information on impaired memory screening performances, please see the "About Your Results" section of your CogniCheck Online Memory Screening report.
 
13. How will I obtain the results of my CogniCheck Online Memory Screening?
 
Upon completion of the memory screening tests and payment transaction, your performances on each measure will be computed automatically and compared to those obtained by a similar-aged (see also question 5) reference sample of cognitively intact individuals who participated in the standardization/normative study. A report that provides an interpretative summary of your memory screening performances/results will then be generated automatically for your review and printing.
 
14. Can I obtain an additional copy of my CogniCheck Online Memory Screening results at a later date?
 
It is CogniCheck.com's intention to maintain your memory screening results in our database for as long as possible so that you may obtain an additional copy of your results/report, free of charge, at a later date by logging in to the CogniCheck.com website via your self-selected user name and password. Please note, however, due to circumstances beyond our control, no guarantee is expressed or implied that your results will be available to you in the future. You are strongly encouraged to save/download, and/or print copies of, your memory screening results/report at the conclusion of your memory screening. Furthermore, please retain a copy of your self-selected user name and password as CogniCheck will be unable to provide these to you in the future, nor able to access your results/report or address matters concerning your memory screening without them.
 
15. Can CogniCheck.com forward a copy of my memory screening results/report to my physician/health care provider or a family member?
 
Since you will only be identified in your memory screening results/report by your self-selected user name and password, CogniCheck.com will unfortunately be unable to forward your screening results/report to anyone else.
 
16. How soon can I take another CogniCheck Online Memory Screening?
 
Due to the potential for "practice effects" (e.g., improved performances that are due to repeated screenings/testing, especially if the same form/version of a test is repeated after only a short time interval), it is recommended that you wait at least six months prior to undergoing another memory screening consisting of the same form of the screening tests. However, CogniCheck is in the process of developing "alternate forms" of the original memory screening tests that will allow you to complete an "alternate form" after a shorter time interval. If you are interested in completing another CogniCheck Online Memory Screening in the future, you are encouraged to visit our website periodically to see if these "alternate forms" have become available or wait at least the recommended amount of time prior to completing the same form of the memory screening again.
 
17. Should I have any additional questions or inquiries, how can I contact CogniCheck, Inc.?
 
Should you desire to contact CogniCheck, Inc. for any reason, please visit the "Contact Us" page for specific e-mail and postal mail addresses.