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Friday, February 02, 2018

President Donald Trump bragged to Republican Party officials about his perfect score on a simple cognitive test during a closed-door event on Thursday evening. Leaked audio of the remarks that that was obtained by Breitbart News included a riff on how difficult he found the exam. "Let me tell you, those last ten questions are hard," Trump said. "There aren't a lot of people that can do that." ... Trump said the difficulty level of the exam increased, according to Breitbart, and administrators began asking him to repeat disassociated words at various intervals. He remarked then that the last part of the test was "hard" and a "lot of people" don't ace it.

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CNN describes the test:

The 30-point test takes about 10 minutes and asks the patient to perform a simple batch of memory and mental tasks. The tasks include drawing a line between a number and a letter in ascending order. To test visuoconstructional skills. The patient is asked to draw a clock and put numbers on it, and to draw a cube.

The patient is tested on naming and is asked to give the name of animals drawn on a test page. ...

Abstract thought is then tested by the doctor, who will ask to explain what a certain pair of words have in common. For example, a patient may be asked what a banana and an orange have in common.

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It's an Alzheimer's test, isn't it?

#1 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-02-02 08:23 PM | Reply

"It's an Alzheimer's test, isn't it?"

Me and the only scientist here wonder if he doesn't have AIDS induced Dementia.

#2 | Posted by Tor at 2018-02-02 09:43 PM | Reply

So dating in the 80s really was his Vietnam...

#3 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-02-02 09:48 PM | Reply

Here's the test: www.mocatest.org

I took it 25 years ago for my girlfriend's Master's thesis. It's not rocket science.

#4 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-02-02 10:10 PM | Reply

Do we know it was a MOCA?

I'd like to see how Trump performs on the SLUMS.

#5 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-02-02 10:12 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

I took it 25 years ago for my girlfriend's Master's thesis. It's not rocket science.

Posted by madscientist at 2018-02-02 10:10 PM | Reply

That ain't no lie. I even passed it.

#6 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-02-02 10:15 PM | Reply

RSTY

"It's an Alzheimer's test, isn't it?"

No, it means he can draw a clock with the hands pointed to 12 noon. And he knows the difference between a cat and a giraffe by looking at the pictures.

But if the words "reciprocity" and "reciprocal", explain the difference, was on the test he probably failed that one.

#7 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-02-02 10:19 PM | Reply

#7

Actually, yes it is:

Conditions for which the MoCA has been found useful

Several neurological and systemic diseases are accompanied by cognitive impairment. The MoCA has been found to be useful to detect mild cognitive impairment in many conditions including Alzheimer's disease, Vascular Cognitive Impairment, Parkinson's disease, Lewy Body, Fronto-temporal dementia, Multiple Sclerosis, Huntington disease, Brain Tumors, ALS, Sleep Apnea, Heart Failure, Substance abuse, Schizophrenia, HIV, and Head Trauma.

www.mocatest.org

#8 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-02-02 10:23 PM | Reply

More:

"The MoCA is recommended by the Canadian Consensus Conference for Diagnosis and Treatment of Dementia Guidelines for Alzheimer's disease since 2007, and the NIH and Canadian Stroke Consortium for Vascular Cognitive Impairment since 2006."

#9 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-02-02 10:24 PM | Reply

#5 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

I remember reading that it was the MoCA.

#10 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-02-02 10:25 PM | Reply

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If someone has to brag about passing a simple cognitive test, he truly is an idiot.

#11 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-02-02 10:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

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"The test had to have the following essential elements: precise in measuring cognitive impairment, comprehensive in order to assess major cognitive domains acting as a cognitive brain scan, sensitive in order to detect early stages of impairment for the most common neurodegenerative conditions such as Alzheimer's disease, specific so that it would not falsely label someone who is normal as being impaired, quick (10 minutes) to be able to adapt to a busy clinical practice, and easy to administer score and interpret by Health Professionals."

#12 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-02-02 10:27 PM | Reply

RSTY

I know, Rsty. I was trying to be facetious.

#13 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-02-02 10:28 PM | Reply

#11 | POSTED BY TWINPAC

To be fair, he's bragging that he doesn't have Alzheimer's. But, I gather he doesn't even know that. It's like you said, he thinks he's bragging about passing a legitimate test that measures cognitive ability, not disability.

#14 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-02-02 10:29 PM | Reply

"Let me tell you, those last ten questions are hard..."

Let that sink in.

#15 | Posted by YAV at 2018-02-02 10:29 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

I was trying to be facetious.
#13 | POSTED BY TWINPAC

Try harder!

#16 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-02-02 10:30 PM | Reply

I say it again...just shoot me.

#17 | Posted by paltroon1 at 2018-02-03 12:01 AM | Reply

"I had to tell the difference between a giraffe and a rabbit. Let me tell you, it was hard."
-President Dotard

#18 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2018-02-03 08:56 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

He's probably a very good driver too!

#19 | Posted by woe_is_W at 2018-02-03 09:01 AM | Reply

all that means is he is smarter than 1/3 of the voters.

#20 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2018-02-03 09:10 AM | Reply

Here's the test: www.mocatest.org

I took it 25 years ago for my girlfriend's Master's thesis. It's not rocket science.

#4 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-02-02 10:10 PM | Reply | Flag:

This particular test was specifically requested by the President. Given the answers are easily available on-line he probably reviewed it before taking it.

#21 | Posted by zarnon at 2018-02-03 11:39 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

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