MindCrowd® is an online research study to understand the factors that influence how the human brain functions. Specifically, MindCrowd® researchers want to know how the way people remember things might change as they age. If researchers better understand the way memory changes as people age, they may be able to understand what changes occur in people who have an age-related brain disease that affects their memory (like Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias).

MindCrowd is part of a research study conducted by the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) in Phoenix, Arizona and the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. Drs. Matt Huentelman and Lee Ryan are the founders and principal scientists behind the MindCrowd project. Dr. Huentelman is a Professor in the Neurogenomics Division at TGen and the head of its Neurobehavioral Research Unit. Dr. Ryan is Professor and Department Head of the Psychology Department at the University of Arizona. She is also Associate Director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Arizona.

MindCrowd Contributors: TGen, University of Arizona, City of Hope National Medical Center, University of Miami, Johns Hopkins University, Georgia Tech, Emory University, Baylor College of Medicine, Georgia State University, Arizona State University.
What is the MindCrowd Memory and Attention test?

The MindCrowd test is part of a scientific study to help measure how the brains performs at different ages aimed at studying memory in relation to genetics and other health, medical, environmental, and lifestyle factors. It cannot diagnose memory loss or dementia.

What will I have to do?

You will take one attention test and one memory test, and answer a few study-related questions.

How long does the test take to complete?

The online memory test takes approximately 10 minutes to complete.

How old do I have to be to participate?

You must be 18 years or older to participate in this study.

Can I take the MindCrowd Memory and Attention Test on my mobile phone?

Yes, the MindCrowd Memory Test is currently available on tablet, desktop, laptop, and smartphone devices.

We really want you to concentrate. Do your best when you take the tests so try and find a quiet place and make sure you have 10 minutes of free time to participate.

Do you take into account the time of day the test is taken? For instance, I took it around 4:30 am since I couldn’t sleep. I am pretty sure my results would have been different had I taken it later in the day. Just curious.

No, that is not taken into account. But you can play the MindCrowd VIP games and among the many brain games, there is another memory game – a bit different than this one – that can help you corroborate your hypothesis. 😉

I suffer from ADD, can I still play the memory game?

Yes, you can participate.

We see no relationship between ADD or ADHD and your performance on the MindCrowd memory test.

What are my alternatives to being in this study?

This is not a treatment study. Your alternative is not to participate.

Are there any risks?

No. There are no risks associated with taking the brain tests.

Some of the questions we ask may make you feel uncomfortable. You are free to decline to answer any question for any reason. You are also free to end your participation in the study at any time.

What do I get out of it?

You will receive your results from the memory and attention tests and see how your results compare with those of other people who also took the test.

Will I get paid?

No. You will not be paid for your participation in this study.

Does it cost me anything to participate?

No. Taking the Attention and Memory Tests are free.

What if I change my mind and don’t want to participate in the MindCrowd study anymore?

Your participation in this study is completely voluntary. You may stop participation at any time during the research activity. You can contact the Study Coordinator at crc@tgen.org to withdraw from the study.

What if I have questions or comments?

If you have any questions or comments about this activity, please contact Dr. Matt Huentelman at mhuentelman@tgen.org.

Please go to this web page to find out more about the people involved in this research.

What if I have questions about my rights in this research, have a complaint, or want to report a problem to someone besides the researcher?

If you have questions about your rights as a research participant in this study or if you have questions, concerns or complaints about the research, you may contact WCG IRB at:

1019 39th Avenue SE Suite 120
Puyallup, Washington 98374-2115
Telephone: 855-818-2289
E-mail: researchquestions@wcgirb.com

WCG IRB is a group of people who perform independent review of research.

For questions, concerns, suggestions, complaints that are not being addressed by the research team, or in case of research-related harm, please contact the TGen Office of Research Compliance at irb@tgen.org.

How will you use my information?

The information you provide and your test results will be used to study, analyze and understand how memory works in healthy people.

We may contact you again for future brain studies. Most studies will be performed online.

Will you share my information with other people?

No, we will not share your personal information without your permission. If you consent to participate in a MindCrowd collaborative study (or have previously done so), we may share or receive identifiable data such as your name or email address with our collaborative partners. This would only be done to link your study data.

If you choose to give us your name and email address, they will be stored separately from your other personal data and test results. Names and email addresses will be stored in secure servers and run by a third-party provider so that we can contact you in a consistent, effective manner. Our email service provider will not contact you, nor will they share your information.

All of our databases are password-protected and secure. No one can identify you without access to both of these data sources.

What do my test results mean? Can they tell me about my risk for Alzheimer’s disease?

Your test results show how you performed compared to all of those who have taken the MindCrowd memory and attention test so far. MindCrowd is testing only a small fraction of your overall cognitive performance. The MindCrowd test results reflect your performance for that specific cognitive domain and do not indicate your overall ability or intelligence.

This test cannot be used to determine your risk for Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. The cognitive tests utilized for Alzheimer’s disease diagnosis should be administered in person by a certified examiner. If you are interested in learning more about Alzheimer’s disease and how it is diagnosed please visit the Alzheimer’s Association website or read this article by Dr. Huentelman.

I am afraid of getting a bad result because these diseases run in my family.

So sorry you had to experience this disease from up close and personal. It’s devastating. And it is scary as it does increase the risk, but no more than aging does.

But risk does not mean it will happen. You are at a higher risk of slipping in a tub while taking a shower but it doesn’t mean it will happen.

And you can do something about it. You can spend 10 minutes helping scientific research by playing a challenging memory game and help find a way to prevent them.

What happens if I fail at the MindCrowd memory game?

Nothing happens.

The MindCrowd memory game tests only two types of brain function – brain processing speed and memory – with the same test across all ages and backgrounds. And even when very young, we are not all good at this type of memory.

Please, accept the invitation to become a MindCrowd VIP and play the rest of the brain games. They test a lot more types of brain functions and you can find the ones in which you do better.

This Memory Test is Too Hard and my immediate recall is not impressive

The MindCrowd memory game is quite challenging as it is the same across all ages and backgrounds.

It’s extremely rare that a person will remember all the words correctly.

Once we reach the very end of both games and see our results compared with those of people like us who have taken the test before us, we will see that we either perform the same as they did, maybe even better or worse.

But that only means this type of memory is not our strength. We may be better at other types of memory and cognitive skills such as problem solving, remembering faces or finding our way out of a maze.

I found it difficult too! I thought I was the only one.

No, you are not the only one… it is a difficult test as it’s for research and the same test is given across all ages.

The key is to get all the way to the end to see how your performance compares with that of others like you (and not worry if you miss some – it’s very normal)

Many people were pleasantly surprised to find out they are doing much better than their counterparts. 🙂 

My score rocked 😀🧠

That’s great! Not everyone can say that.

Keep playing and ask others to play too!!

Find out if their score rocks as well 😉

Glad to know my score rocked!!

That is wonderful! Congratulations!

And don’t stop there! Play the MindCrowd VIP games!

They test other types of cognitive skills and they are lots of fun! (Well, some are really hard but fun nonetheless)

Keyboard does not appear, what should I do?

Tap on the empty box where the word goes so your mobile device knows to show you the keyboard. 🥰

Technical Issues?

Please send us an email to theteam@mindcrowd.org

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