Examining cognitive function across the lifespan using a mobile application

Hyunkyu Lee, Pauline L. Baniqued, Joshua Cosman, Sean Mullen, Edward McAuley, Joan Severson, Arthur F. Kramer

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Many studies conducted in a laboratory or university setting are limited by funding, personnel, space, and time constraints. In the present study, we introduce a method of data collection using a mobile application that circumvents these typical experiment administration issues. Using the application, we examined cross-sectional age differences in cognitive function. We obtained data from more than 15,000 participants and replicated specific patterns of age-related differences in cognition. Using a subset of these participants, we also examined the processing speed account of age-related cognitive differences, and the association of exercise and leisure activity with cognitive function across the lifespan. We discuss the relative advantages and disadvantages of data collection with a mobile application, and provide recommendations for the use of this method in research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1934-1946
Number of pages13
JournalComputers in Human Behavior
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2012


  • Age-related difference
  • Exercise
  • Leisure activity
  • Mobile-application

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • General Psychology


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