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Clinical Application of Standardized Cognitive Assessment Using fMRI. II. Verbal Fluency

This is the second in a series of fMRI adaptations of classical neuropsychological tests, for which normative samples of functional activation have been collected.

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In 2008, we published an article on our research expanding on the use of fMRI for cognitive assessment using the Verbal Fluency Test. 

This study explains:

  • Creating normative data to standardize fMRI (now fNCI) and the Verbal Fluency Test (f-VFT) for patient evaluation. 
  • The application of using fMRI and the Verbal Fluency Test (f-VFT) to objectively measure and diagnosis cognitive impairment. 
  • Understanding the subtleties of individual deficits missed by conventional measures. 

Using standardized neuropsychological evaluations using tests like Verbal Fluency, has been the standard for assessing cognitive impairment for many years. 

Our research explores the application of an adapted version of the Verbal Fluency Test along with five other tests used in conjunction with fMRI to establish an imaging technology called functional NeruoCognitive Imaging.

By creating a normative database, we have the ability to determine a range of expected "normal" function and activation, giving us s a scale for evaluating patient outcomes. This research was foundational to the approach we take here at Cognitive FX during EPIC treatment.

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