Measuring Cognition is all Fun and Games
Jim Lumsden is a PhD student currently working at the University of Bristol as part of the Tobacco and Alcohol Research Group (TARG). He is supervised by Prof Marcus Munafo, Prof Natalia Lawrence, Dr David Coyle and Cambridge Cognition, developers of the Cantab suite of cognitive tests. His background is in Computer Science, and much of his work straddles the interface between computer science and experimental psychology. Jim is currently focusing on developing a fully game-like cognitive test battery for ADHD which appears to the patient simply as an entertaining game, but which generates the standard output measures a clinician might expect from an ADHD battery. Jim is also attempting to review and harmonise the growing literature on gamified cognitive assessment and interventions, investigating how existing studies have used game mechanics to motivate and engage their participants, and the effects these game mechanics have on data. As part of his work on gamification Jim is also looking at the migration of cognitive assessment to mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers.