Book Chapter

Assistive technology for cognition: Enabling activities of daily living



Best C, O'Neill B & Gillespie A (2013) Assistive technology for cognition: Enabling activities of daily living. In: Cruz-Cunha M, Miranda I & Goncalves P (eds.) Handbook of Research on ICTs for Human-Centered Healthcare and Social Care Services. Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA: IGI Global, pp. 112-129.;

Assistive Technology for Cognition (ATC) is the use of technology to extend human mental capacity. The present chapter reviews the use of assistive technology in health and social care for people with cognitive impairment. The review conceptualizes ATC in terms of function (reminding, alerting, micro prompting, distracting, storing and displaying, navigating, and biofeedback), as opposed to the type of technology (mobile phone, desk-top computer, etc.). This is necessary as many modern devices can perform multiple functions. Some important distinctions are revealed by this new way of looking at assistive technology. Of particular significance is whether the ATC intervention is enabling the external control of action or whether it prompts internal self-regulation.

Publication date31/12/2013
PublisherIGI Global
Publisher URL…-cognition/77139
Place of publicationHershey, Pennsylvania, USA

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Dr Catherine Best

Dr Catherine Best

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