COGPACK

COGPACK is a cognitive remediation suite that offers cognitive remediation solutions for clinicians and their clients. While it is recommended for use with a qualified provider, there is a version available for users at home on their own. It offers exercises with a variety of difficulty levels to target visual-motor functioning, comprehension, attention, memory, language use, and skills training. It also allows clinicians and users to determine the initial difficulty level. COGPACK allows the supervising clinician to be directly involved in their clients’ training, and provides feedback that allows them to track progress over time. Scores can also be compared to periodically updated norms.

Available for: Computers (PCs or Macs)
Company: Marker Software
Classification: Cognitive Training Exercises
Targeted conditions: Schizophrenia, Mood Disorders, Stress & Anxiety
Target demographic: Any
Special provider necessary: No, but recommended (contact by email through the program website)
Non-English language version available:: Yes
Where to get it: http://www.markersoftware.com/USA/frames.htm


Expert ratings and reviews

PsyberGuide rating: The research and support basis of the product

Total score: 12/14

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

date of rating: June 2016

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MARS rating

Quality scores range from 1 to 5, where 5 is the maximum score

 

Objective quality score: 1.67

Subscale scores:

Engagement: 3.00

Functionality: 2.67

Aesthetics: 1.00

Information: 0.00


Subjective quality score: 1.75

Perceived impact score: 2.17

 

Rated by: Queensland University

Date of rating: August 2016

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Research on the product

Below is a list of some of the published research supporting this product. Click the links if you are interested in reading the full articles (unfortunately, you may need to pay for some of them).

  1. Rauchensteiner, S., Kawohl, W., Ozgurdal, S., Littmann, E., Gudlowski, Y., Witthaus, H., & … Juckel, G. (2011). Test-performance after cognitive training in persons at risk mental state of schizophrenia and patients with schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research185(3), 334-339. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2009.09.003
    • “Cognitive training using Cogpack is helpful for the improvement of cognitive functioning in persons at risk of schizophrenia. Thus, the application of cognitive training should be provided as early as possible in the prodromal phases of schizophrenia in order to use the full rehabilitative potential of the patients.”
  2. Lindenmayer, J.P., McGurk, S.R., Khan, A., Kaushik, S., Thanju, A., Hoffman, L., Valdez, G., Wance, D., Herrmann, E. (2012). Improving social cognition in schizophrenia: a pilot intervention combining computerized social cognition training with cognitive remediation. Schizophrenia Bulletin, Epub ahead of print. doi: 10.1093/schbul/sbs120
  3. Popov, T., Jordanov, T., Rockstroh, B., Elbert, T., Merzenich, M. M., & Miller, G. A. (2011). Specific cognitive training normalizes auditory sensory gating in schizophrenia: A randomized trial. Biological Psychiatry69(5), 465-471. doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2010.09.028
  4. Sartory, G., Zorn, C., Groetzinger, G., & Windgassen, K. (2005). Computerized cognitive remediation improves verbal learning and processing speed in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research75(2-3), 219-223. doi:10.1016/j.schres.2004.10.004
    • “Computerized cognitive remediation has resulted in improved executive function in schizophrenia…”
    • “Compared to the control condition, remediation training resulted in improvements in verbal learning, processing speed and executive function (verbal fluency). The results indicate that cognitive remediation may lead to improvements beyond those of executive function.”


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