Saturday, January 24, 2009

Obama causes confusion

I have a relative who is involved in helping to diagnose early dementia using the
Addenbrooke’s Cognitive Examination (ACE), which is a 100-point test battery that assesses six cognitive domains.

One of the well known questions in the test is, "Can you please name the present President of the USA?" and the election of Barack Obama's is causing a few problems for my relative's patients, as they are saying things like, "It's a funny sounding name, with a "k" in it." - which probably deserves some credit as a near miss.

It will be interesting to see if this remains the case or if people start to get their heads around his unusual name. What's also interesting is that most patients have already completely forgotten G W Bush, but they can still name JFK as the US President who was assassinated in the 1963.


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