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Cognitive Testing Group

The Cognitive Testing Group (CTG), part of the Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroscience (LBN) Brain Aging and Behavior Section,  provides cognitive and neuropsychological testing expertise and services to the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, as well as other National Institute on Aging research projects (e.g., GESTALT). CTG administers, scores, enters and verifies cognitive and neuropsychological tests and adjudicates data discrepancies. CTG implements test batteries are designed to assess the full range of normal cognitive aging, the earliest preclinical predictors of cognitive decline and dementia, with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease (AD), and to allow research diagnoses of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) and diagnosis of AD and other dementias. CTG is also responsible for training of psychometric testers for LBN collaborators, monitors their data and conducts quality assurance to ensure that data are collected according to strict psychometric parameters and to maintain longitudinal consistency in collaborative studies. The group provides guidance on test selection based on study needs.

Research areas

Predictors of normal cognitive & pathological aging Relationship of everyday functioning to the prediction of dementia and brain integrity Testing older adults

Findings and Publications

Kitner-Triolo, M. H., Crawford, H. J., Arenberg, D., & Zonderman, A. B. (2001). Predicting future age-related cognitive decline: processing speed and executive functioning.  Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 16(8), 706-707.

Kitner-Triolo, M., An, Y., O'Brien, R. J., & Resnick, S. (2014). Clinical Dementia Rating Scale Prediction of Dementia Diagnosis: Subject Versus Informant Reports. Gerontologist, 54, 40-40.

Kueider, A. M., Tanaka, T., An, Y., Kitner-Triolo, M. H., Palchamy, E., Ferrucci, L., & Thambisetty, M. (2016). State- and trait-dependent associations of vitamin-D with brain function during aging. Neurobiol Aging, 39, 38-45.

McCarrey, A. C., An, Y., Kitner-Triolo, M. H., Ferrucci, L., & Resnick, S. M. (2016). Sex differences in cognitive trajectories in clinically normal older adults. Psychol Aging, 31(2), 166-175.

Simpson, B. N., Kim, M., Chuang, Y. F., Beason-Held, L., Kitner-Triolo, M., Kraut, M., . . . Thambisetty, M. (2016). Blood metabolite markers of cognitive performance and brain function in aging. J Cereb Blood Flow Metab, 36(7), 1212-1223.