Do you monitor your cognitive state ?
Thu, Dec 16 2004 12:22
A company I am an investor in (there, early disclosure out of the way ) focuses on cognitive ability monitoring and testing. They, CogState, have products for sports concussion management and products for measuring cognitive effects of therapeutically drugs etc. But one aspect of their business I was not so aware of till a recent newsletter, is their CogHealth product. CogHealth is designed to give you a documented history of cognitive state, to help in detection of early dementia, Alzheimer’s or even to pick up on possible injuries or impacts of any medication you might take one day. The idea is you evaluate and record your current cognitive state, then compare it later as different events occur through out your life.
Personally, I haven’t taken the test yet (have to find the free 15 minutes… hmm perhaps if I didn’t blog I could ). But as I hit and enjoy my mid-life crisis, I do do smart things such as try to visit the doctor just for a checkup at least once every two years. And when I do visit him, we look at my history, blood pressure, weight cholesterol etc.. But not my cognitive state. Yet I really make my living from my cognitive state more so than my physical state. Oh and if you have ever had a cholesterol test (I hate needles) you’ll know it’s a real pain to fast for the 12 hours or whatever it is
Anyway, should my doctor and me be looking at my cognitive state ? Should you ? Should we as developers take steps to safe guard our biggest asset ? What do you think ? I would love to hear from anyone who does