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Table 2 The COMPASSa battery of assessments

From: Study protocol: associations between dietary patterns, cognitive function and metabolic syndrome in older adults – a cross-sectional study

Cognitive Domain Definition Test
Mood Measurement of subjective feelings Bond and Lader Mood Scales
Attention and vigilance Attention - ability to concentrate on selected aspects of the environment while ignoring other stimuli Simple reaction time
Choice reaction time
Digit vigilance task
Vigilance - ability to maintain attention and alertness over time
Executive function Co-ordination of cognitive responses – sub-serves planning, initiating and inhibiting actions, cognitive flexibility, abstract thinking and rule acquisition Stroop test
Episodic memory Ability to retain memories that can be consciously recorded e.g. facts, items, events, faces Immediate and delayed word recall
Delayed word recognition
Delayed picture recognition
Working memory Ability to hold information in mind while carrying out more complex cognitive processes Corsi blocks
Location learning Assesses visuo-spatial memory Computerised location learning
Computerised location recall
  1. aComputerised Mental Performance Assessment System (COMPASS-Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK)