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CogniFit is a cognitive training program intended to help users improve brain functioning. By playing specially created games, users can address many core cognitive functions, including working memory, visual processing, speed, and attention. The user is prompted to complete an initial 10-minute cognitive assessment, customizable for each user and their goals. Training programs range from targeting dyslexia, insomnia or driving skills. Cognifit allows users to track progress over time and compare scores with those of other users. It is intended to provide diverse programs suited for many users, not just those looking for remediation of cognitive difficulties.

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Credibility

Overall Score: 4.29/5.00

Overall Score: 12/14

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

Date of Rating: March 2018


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User Experience

Objective Quality Score: 4.24/5.00

Subscale scores:
Engagement: 3.80
Functionality: 4.75
Aesthetics: 4.17
Information: 4.25

Subjective quality score: 4.00

Perceived impact score: 1.83

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?: No/Can’t Tell
Does the privacy 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 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?: 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: Requires iOS 10.3 or later; Android 4.1 and up
Developer: CogniFit Inc
Type of Treatment: Cognitive Training
Targeted Conditions: Not Specified
Target Audience: Not Specified
Designed to be used in conjunction with a healthcare provider: No
Cost: Free with in-app purchases
Get it on: Google PlayiTunes, Online

Research on this App

1 — Participants with intellectual developmental disabilities were randomized to either experimental group or one of two control groups, and received 10 weeks of training with cognifit. The group that trained with cognifit did not show significant improvements compared to the control, but showed trends of improvement.

2 — Using pairwise matching, patients with depression or bipolar disorder were assigned to intervention or control. The intervention received training three times a week for eight weeks. The intervention group showed significantly reduced depression level for the intervention group. This group also displayed significant improvements in Shifting, Divided Attention, and in the Global executive control score.

3 — CogniFit personalized brain training program improved cognitive function in healthy older adults with an average age of 80 years whereas physical and aerobic activity did not bring about any perceivable cognitive improvements in these subjects.

4 — When dyslexic college students trained with CogniFit personalized brain training program, their brain activity, memory and reading performance were shown to increase significantly, and results lasted up to six months after training on dyslexia.

5 — Sedentary seniors were randomly assigned to experimental or control groups. The participants in the experimental group with slow gait and falls improved mobility after 8 weeks of cognitive training remediation using CogniFit personalized brain training program.