CogniFit is a web-based 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. It is designed to be customizable for each user, and allows you to track your progress over time and compare your scores with those of other users. It is intended for all types of users, not just those looking for remediation of cognitive difficulties, although it may be particularly helpful for individuals experiencing problems in their cognitive functioning.
Available for: Computers (PCs and Macs) and Apple™ devices
Classification: Cognitive Training
Targeted conditions: Schizophrenia, Mood Disorders, Stress & Anxiety
Target demographic: Any
Special provider necessary: No
Non-English Language version available: No
Where to get it: https://www.cognifit.com/
Expert ratings and reviews
PsyberGuide rating: The research and support basis of the product
Total score: 11/14
Basis of research: 2/3
Source of funding for the research: 2/2
Specificity of proposed intervention: 2/3
Number of consumer ratings: 2/3
Product advisory support: 1/1
Software support: 2/2
date of rating: June 2016
Quality scores range from 1 to 5, where 5 is the maximum score
Objective quality score: 4.24
Subjective quality score: 4.00
Perceived impact score: 1.83
Rated by: Queensland University
Date of rating: August 2016
Research on the product
Preiss, M., Shatil, E., Čermáková, R., Cimermanová, D., & Ram, I. (2013). Personalized cognitive training in unipolar and bipolar disorder: A study of cognitive functioning. Frontiers In Human Neuroscience, 7 http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3651957/
- “[CogniFit] achieves [personalization] by: (i) using a baseline cognitive evaluation to individualize the training regimen (ii) continually adapting the difficulty level to the subject’s performance using an interactive-adaptive system (iii) providing detailed graphic and verbal feedback after each training task” (pg. 2).
- “When compared to the control participants, participants in the cognitive training group reported signiﬁcantly lower levels of depression on Beck’s BDI-II” (pg. 7).
- “[Scores on various outcome measures suggest] that the present cognitive training regimen can reduce dysexecutive symptoms and that the change is such that it is noticeable to close family and caregivers” (pg. 8).
- “The largest cognitive improvement effects in our executive battery were observed in Shifting, Divided Attention, and in the Global Executive Score. It would appear, then, that the personalization feature of the program had identified these specific executive control deficits in most participants and allocated significant training time on those abilities” (pg. 8-9).
- “Our results support the feasibility of broad, multi-domain, computerized remediation approaches in depression…Our results also emphasize that cognitive deficits in depression are tractable, at least temporarily, and can be relieved using cognitive training, alone or in combination with medication or with other therapies” (pg. 9).
- “Our results suggest that cognitive training brings about beneﬁcial change in function and behavior that is tangible enough to be observed by the patient and by his close relatives” (pg. 9).[J1]
CogniFit has also been studied for its effects on dyslexia, multiple sclerosis, and various complications from aging (e.g. insomnia, gait). See the company’s research page for more information.