How Does a Traumatic Brain Injury Affect Your Ability To “Get to the Gist” of Things?

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Traumatic brain injuries can often result in continuing, long-term effects. One common effect is a decreased ability with the tasks of daily functioning both at work and at work. Traditional cognitive tests are normally used to see how well a patient will fare when it comes to these daily skills, but how accurate are these tests?

According to researchers at UT Dallas’ Center for Brain Health, a new cognitive assessment they’ve developed may be the better test to use to predict patients’ ability to perform daily life functions. This new cognitive assessment includes questions which measure the extent of gist-reasoning ability, which may be more sensitive when it comes to the measurement of such abilities.

What is gist reasoning? It’s the ability to use information to both understand and express big ideas. The researchers’ cognitive test looks at the number of gist-based ideas which patients are able to develop from a number of complex texts.

The study involved 70 participants with similar socioeconomic status, IQ and economic background. Thirty of the participants had suffered a traumatic brain injury at least one year before the start of the study.

Almost 70 percent of the participants suffering from a traumatic brain injury scored lower on the portion of the test dealing with gist reasoning. There was a direct correlation between the gist reasoning test levels and difficulties with daily work and home tasks. Fortunately for those who suffer from a traumatic brain injury, one’s ability to engage in gist reasoning can be improved.

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