Quick Screening for Memory Loss

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
(or Answers to Questions one Should be Asking)

1.  
What does Academic and Medical Resources seek to accomplish by offering the Quick Screening for Memory Loss (QSML) for free?

   The author of the QSML invites the global scientific community to use this visual memory-screening instrument with varied populations to reliably identify memory loss and memory gains over time, and to collect data for the advancement of scientific research into memory.  
   A more comprehensive hard copy version of the QSML has been used as an informal research instrument over the past 40 years with a variety of populations.  This research has generated normative data across the life span.  Other populations tested include patients recovering from head trauma, subjects with brain damage from a number of pathological conditions, and adults with other debilitating conditions including Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and dementia.
   Testing of normal populations, from 4 to 80 years of age, included frequent test-retest opportunities to evaluate the reliability and validity of the instrument over time. The instrument clearly has face validity when measuring an individual’s ability to access, store and retrieve novel visual information, where past learning is not a factor. Data representing number of errors made by subjects is distributed normally, identifying populations with deficient, below average, average and above average memory capacity. 
   The author also seeks to provide a user-friendly tool for individuals who are interested in monitoring and maintaining or improving their own memory capacity.
     
2.  
What makes the QSML superior to other online memory tests?

  a. The QSML is a FREE, culture-fair screening device that offers eight versions to control for a practice effect. It can be taken repeatedly over many years to profile an individual’s memory losses and/or memory gains.     
  b. The QSML is extremely easy to use!  Most people will be able to independently follow the simple, on-line instructions for the screening.  Family members, friends, or office staff can guide individuals who need assistance, without compromising test results.  No special training is required.
  c. A four-minute sample screening is available to familiarize the subject/patient with how the QSML works. The more comprehensive, 15-minute QSML screening can then be taken independently or with assistance.
  d. Immediate feedback provides an error score to compare with norms for same-age populations.  Unlike other memory screenings, QSML allows users to print out individualized charts and graphs that reflect their results relative to the general population and allow them to monitor their memory over time at no cost.
  e. The QSML allows individuals to evaluate how well they process new information in the privacy of their own home.  Results can be shared with others only as the individual chooses.  Memory storage and retrieval is a powerful indicator of how the brain is functioning during different stages of life.  Regular screening may allow individuals to monitor how changes, both negative (illness, stress) and positive (diet, exercise, brain games), may impact their memory functioning.
     
3.  
What can the QSML do for researchers studying memory loss and memory gain?

The subtle variations of complexity in the geometric figures of the QSML insure that the screening device effectively identifies individual differences in storing and accessing new visual data.  These differences exist in all the different populations researchers seek to explore when considering brain functioning and memory loss.  The following populations have all been evaluated, at one time or another, with the original, extended, hard copy version of the QSML:
  a. Normal subjects, aged 4 to 84, taking the memory screening over time.
  b. Subjects with Alzheimer's disease (AD).
  c. Subjects with early Onset Alzheimer's Disease.
  d. Subjects with dementia related to Alzheimer's disease. (AD)
  e. Subjects with other forms of dementia.
  f. Subjects with Mild Cognitive Impairment. (MCI)
  g. Subjects experiencing normal memory decline due to aging.
  h. Subjects with memory losses from various forms of trauma to the brain as well as memory improvement following treatment.
  i. Subjects with memory loss from a variety of mental disorders that compromise motivation, attention and concentration as well as memory improvement following various therapies.
  j. Learning Disabled school children with ADHD and ADD.
  k. Baby boomers who seek memory improvement using brain games, diet and exercise.
     
4.   What will Academic and Medical Resources and/or other research communities do with the results from subjects taking the screenings?
  a. Results from QSML screenings will remain private and secure, identifiable only in terms of subjects’ age, gender, education, demographic data (if provided), number of screenings taken, and number of errors.
  b. It is AMR’s hope that other professionals will use the QSML to generate additional normative data for this online version. Furthermore it is our hope that the QSML will be used in Alzheimer’s research facilities to assist in identifying memory loss associated with early onset Alzheimer’s Disease and perhaps one day facilitate early and effective intervention.
     
5.   How should I use my own results from the QSML?
  a. Caveat: No screening instrument, experimental or otherwise, will assist you or the research community if you do not bring motivation, attention, concentration, and perseverance to the task. GIVE THE QSML YOUR BEST EFFORT.
  b. Use the charts/graphs to create your own profile over time. Experiment with diet, exercise and “brain games” to see if you can improve your memory.
  c. IF YOU SEE A PATTERN THAT CONCERNS YOU, CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN.
     
6.   What are the limitations of use, liability and disclaimers when entering the
QSML website?
  a. This website is offered only as a service to visitors and to the scientific community. AMR’s intention is that the QSML is for personal edification and scientific research only. It is not to be used for commercial gain. AMR assumes no responsibility or liability for how one chooses to use this site. You may not use the site to seek the identities of other users. Accuracy of scoring and completeness of information is not guaranteed. You use the site at your own risk.
  b. This website may contain advertising and sponsorship by permission of AMR. Advertisers and sponsors are responsible for ensuring that material submitted for inclusion on the website is accurate and complies with applicable laws. AMR will not be responsible for any inaccuracy or in advertising or sponsors’ materials including any acts of omission of content.
  c. The QSML and all content of this website are protected by copyright.


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