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MyBrainSolutions is a web-based cognitive training program that can help users address a wide variety of cognitive processes. MyBrainSolutions uses games to teach skills or challenge users to change automatic modes of thinking. While it contains modules to address common core cognitive processes like memory and attention, it also uniquely provides practice in building psychological resilience, increasing emotional awareness, coping with stress, and maintaining a positive outlook. It is intended for all types of users, not just those carrying a mental health diagnosis.

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Credibility

Overall Score: 2.85/5.00

Overall Score: 7/14

Research Base: 1/3
Research Funding: 2/2
Proposed Intervention: 2/3
Consumer Ratings: 1/3
Clinical Input in Development: 1/1
Software Support: 0/2

Date of Rating: March 2018


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User Experience

Objective Quality Score: 3.89/5.00

Subscale scores:
Engagement: 3.80
Functionality: 5.00
Aesthetics: 3.83
Information: 2.92

Subjective quality score: 2.50

Perceived impact score: 2.25

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 7.0 or later; Android 2.3 and up
Developer: MyBrainSolutions
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, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Swedish, Traditional Chinese, Turkish

Cost: Free
Get it on: Google PlayiTunes

Research on this App

— 2-year naturalistic study, a total of 2,752 MyBrainSolutions users trained to a minimum required level and completed assessments of cognitive and emotional states pre- and post-training. The relationships between game play and improvement in assessment scores were established using linear regression models. The most significant benefits were found for games training positivity to improve scores within anxiety, stress, and depression. Training in self-regulation was found to be beneficial in terms of improved memory, attention, and executive function and reduction in anxiety, stress, and depression levels.

— Hanna et al (2016) In this study, they aimed to investigate the primary cognitive and emotional capacities that support entrepreneurial success in order to provide unique brain-training strategies.250 successful entrepreneurs (Entrepreneur’s Organization; EO) were recruited to take the My Brain Solutions Assessment. The study group population (EO) showed significant elevation in motor processing, cognitive flexibility, recall memory, perceived resilience and positivity bias. Compared to the control group, the EO group also had higher levels of perceived stress, and a decreased ability to sustain attention.

–Loughead et al (2016) Adult treatment-seeking smokers (n = 213) were randomized to receive nicotine patch therapy and 12 weeks of cognitive training with mybrainsolutions or computerized relaxation (control) training. Quit rates did not differ by treatment arm at either time-point, nor were there effects on withdrawal symptoms or smoking urges. Reaction time for emotion recognition and verbal interference tasks showed improvement in the CT group.

–O’Connor et al (2010) This study evaluated whether Self Regulation training influences workplace productivity. 5,550 employees from major corporations were recruited to participate. They were required to complete 20 minutes of brain training 3x/week for 30 days. Those who completed the requirement in training (N=175), demonstrated a significant improvement in their self regulation score after 30 days. Workers with higher capacity for self regulation scored higher for workplace productivity.