What cognitive abilities did Donald Trump's mental assessment test for?
We break down the eight specific brain functions that were evaluated by the President's recent cognitive assessment.
President Donald Trump has scored 30 out of 30 on a cognitive performance test designed to detect signs of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), a condition that represents a transitional stage between normal cognitive decline associated with aging and Alzheimer's disease.
Called the Montreal Cognitive Assessment, the test was administered during his annual physical at the Walter Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, by White House physician and Navy rear admiral Dr. Ronny L. Jackson.
The test measures eight distinct cognitive functions through a series of questions and activities. The questions in the test are grouped by the cognitive function they were designed to test. The duration of the exam is suppose to last approximately 10 minutes.
Can you sequence numbers and letters, draw a cube and a clock with the correct time?
Can you identify these animals?
Can you repeat five words after hearing them once?
Are you paying attention? And can you subtract 7 from 100 repeatedly?
Do you have good words? How about "f" words specifically?
What do these things have in common?
Do you still remember those five words?
Do you know where you are in time and space?
Cognitive decline is a natural consequence of aging, and Donald Trump is the oldest President in American history. In clinical trials, the Montreal Cognitive Assessment outperformed the Mini-Mental State Examination in its ability to detect risk factors for dementia and mild cognitive impairment.
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- Bezmenov described this process as "a great brainwashing" which has four basic stages.
- The first stage is called "demoralization" which takes from 15 to 20 years to achieve.
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- When a company reaches the top of the ladder, they typically kick it away so that others cannot climb up on it. The aim? So that another company can't compete.
- When this phenomenon happens in the pharmaceutical world, companies quickly apply for broad protection of their patents, which can last up to 20 years, and fence off research areas for others. The result of this? They stay at the top of the ladder, at the cost of everyday people benefitting from increased competition.
- Since companies have worked out how to legally game the system, Amin argues we need to get rid of this "one size fits all" system, which treats product innovation the same as product invention. Companies should still receive an incentive for coming up with new products, he says, but not 20 years if the product is the result of "tweaking" an existing one.
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