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In Journal of Alzheimer's disease : JAD

BACKGROUND : Relative to the abundance of publications on dementia and clock drawing, there is limited literature operationalizing 'normal' clock production.

OBJECTIVE : To operationalize subtle behavioral patterns seen in normal digital clock drawing to command and copy conditions.

METHODS : From two research cohorts of cognitively-well participants age 55 plus who completed digital clock drawing to command and copy conditions (n = 430), we examined variables operationalizing clock face construction, digit placement, clock hand construction, and a variety of time-based, latency measures. Data are stratified by age, education, handedness, and number anchoring.

RESULTS : Normative data are provided in supplementary tables. Typical errors reported in clock research with dementia were largely absent. Adults age 55 plus produce symmetric clock faces with one stroke, with minimal overshoot and digit misplacement, and hands with expected hour hand to minute hand ratio. Data suggest digitally acquired graphomotor and latency differences based on handedness, age, education, and anchoring.

CONCLUSION : Data provide useful benchmarks from which to assess digital clock drawing performance in Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.

Davoudi Anis, Dion Catherine, Formanski Erin, Frank Brandon E, Amini Shawna, Matusz Emily F, Wasserman Victor, Penney Dana, Davis Randall, Rashidi Parisa, Tighe Patrick J, Heilman Kenneth M, Au Rhoda, Libon David J, Price Catherine C


Older adult, aging, attention, clock drawing test, cognition, dementia, digital technology, executive function, laterality, middle aged, neuropsychological tests, reference standards, short-term memory