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CogMed is a web-based cognitive remediation suite available through affiliated professionals. It offers a number of daily activities designed to improve working memory in any users struggling with cognitive difficulties. In concert with a qualified clinician, users are tasked to complete five weeks of cognitive training with the CogMed program. This includes assessments prior to and after completion, which lets users track their progress and consolidate their gains. While it has not yet been specifically tested for use in treating schizophrenia, it has been extensively validated with other psychiatric and medical conditions.

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Credibility

Overall Score: 3.20/5.00

Total score: 9/14

subscores
Basis of research: 1/3
Source of funding for the research: 0/2
Specificity of proposed intervention: 3/3
Number of consumer ratings: 2/3
Product advisory support:  1/1
Software support:  2/2

date of rating: June 2016


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User Experience

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Transparency

Overall Score: Unacceptable

Overall Score: Unacceptable

Does the app have a privacy policy?:No/Can’t Tell
Does the policy describe the information storage and sharing procedures related to user entered information 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 that the app/server encrypts the entered data 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?:No/Can’t Tell
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can edit entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?:No/Can’t Tell


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More Information

Available for: Computers (PCs and Macs) and mobile devices
Developer: Pearson Education, Inc.
Type of Treatment: Cognitive Training
Targeted conditions: Schizophrenia, Mood Disorders, Stress & Anxiety
Target demographic: Adults (child versions are available)
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare provider: Yes (http://www.cogmed.com/category/footer/cogmed-in-your-area)
Non-English language version available: Yes
Where to get access to it:
Consumers: Online
Professionals: Online

Research on this App

Below is a list of some of the published research supporting this product. It has not yet been studied as a treatment specifically for schizophrenia or other psychotic disorders. Click the links if you are interested in reading the full articles (unfortunately, you may need to pay for some of them).

  1. Johansson, B. & Tornmalm, M. (2012). Working memory training for patients with acquired brain injury: effects in daily life. Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, 19(2), 176-183. doi: 10.3109/11038128.2011.603352
  2. Brehmer, Y., Westerberg, H., & Bäckman, L. (2012). Working-memory training in younger and older adults: Training gains, transfer, and maintenance. Frontiers In Human Neuroscience6. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2012.00063

See more information on the company’s website  http://www.cogmed.com/research