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BrainHQ is a cognitive training web platform with mobile apps available for Apple and Android devices. BrainHQ is comprised of 29 exercises, which target six areas of cognition: Memory, Attention, Speed, People Skills, Navigation, and Intelligence. The program’s exercises aim to address each category and adapt to users’ skill levels. BrainHQ provides users with feedback about their progress and allows them to keep track of their scores over time and in comparison to other users.

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Credibility

Overall Score: 4.64/5.00

Overall Score: 13/14

Research Base: 3/3
Research Funding: 2/2
Proposed Intervention: 2/3
Consumer Ratings: 3/3
Clinical Input in Development: 1/1
Software Support: 2/2

Date of rating: February 2018


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User Experience

Objective Quality Score: 4.11/5.00

Subscale scores:
Engagement: 4.20
Functionality: 3.50
Aesthetics: 4.50
Information: 4.25

Subjective quality score: 3.38

Perceived impact score: 3.50

Rating date: August 2016
Rated by: Queensland University


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Transparency

Overall Score: Unacceptable

Overall Score: Unacceptable

Does the app have a privacy policy?:Yes
Does the privacy policy describe the information storage and sharing procedures related to user entered information, OR state that user information is stored locally?:Yes
Does the privacy policy state that the app/server encrypts/de-identifies the entered data OR state that user information is stored locally?:No/Can’t Tell
Does the app provide the option of a pin entry or log-in process to view and enter user data?:Yes
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can use the app WITHOUT entering identifiable information, OR state that user information is stored locally?:No/Can’t Tell
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can delete entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?:Yes
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can edit entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?:Yes

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More Information

Available For: iOS 9.0 or Later, Android 5.0 and up
Developer: Posit Science
Type of Treatment: Cognitive Training
Targeted Conditions: Not Specified
Target Audience: Not Specified
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare professional: No
Languages Available: English
Cost: Free with in-app purchases
Get it on:  OnlineGoogle PlayiTunes

 

Research on this App

A single group repeated measures design was used to evaluate change in balance, depressive symptoms, and global cognition in a group of cognitively impaired older adults, following 10 weeks of cognitive training through BrainHQ’s web-based platform. Depressive symptoms significantly improved between baseline and 10 weeks. Mean global cognition also improved across the study period, but neither of these improvements were statistically significant. Finally, balance improved in 4 out of the 5 measures, though none were significant. One RCT found reduction in depressive symptoms in the ‘Double Decision’ brain training arm. Another RCT found the arm which completed ‘Double Decision’ training was less likely to experience depression in a one year follow-up. A third RCT found that those who received ‘Double Decision’ training were 30% less likely to exhibit clinically significant increases in depressive symptoms 1 year following training.