HAPPYneuron Pro

HAPPYneuron Pro is a web-based cognitive remediation suite designed to be used by qualified professionals treating individuals suffering from disorders in cognitive functioning. HAPPYneuron Pro provides three different programs designed to target specific categories of illness:

  • CR-Psychiatry is intended primarily for treating psychiatric disorders like depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. It provides a pre-defined set of exercises that can make it easier for clinicians to offer an effective intervention at an appropriate difficulty level. It is designed to be engaging and easy to use, and addresses seven core cognitive processes: Verbal Memory, Attention, Visual Memory, Processing Speed, Executive Function, Visuospatial Skills, and Short-term Memory.
  • The Rehabilitation Program is intended to treat a wide variety of brain injuries and attention-deficit disorders. It is also specifically designed to allow maximum customization by clinicians. This allows a greater degree of flexibility for interventions to be tailored to client’s needs. It is designed to be engaging and easy to use, and addresses nine core cognitive processes: Executive Functions, Verbal Memory, Visual Memory, (Simultaneous) Verbal and Visual Memory, Spatial Memory, Visual and Spatial Abilities, Visual Attention, Processing Speed, and Auditory.
  • The Aging Well Program is a specific regimen for treating individuals diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment, as well as mature individuals who are worried about their cognitive functioning. The Program is pre-set with a series of exercises designed to be engaging and easy to use by seniors, and addresses five core cognitive processes: Memory, Attention, Executive Functions, Language, and Visual and Spatial Abilities.

Available for: Computers (PC & Mac) and Tablets (iOS and Android)
Company: HAPPYneuron, Inc.
Classification: Cognitive Training Exercise
Targeted conditions:
CR-Psychiatry: Schizophrenia, Mood Disorders, Stress & Anxiety
Rehabilitation Program: Schizophrenia, Mood Disorders, Stress & Anxiety
The Aging Well Program: age-related cognitive impairment
Target demographic: Any (CR-Psychiatry and Rehabilitation Program), older adults (The Aging Well Program)
Special provider necessary: Yes (No resources yet available for locating providers)
Non-English Language version available: Yes
Where to get it: http://www.scientificbraintrainingpro.com/;


Expert ratings and reviews

PsyberGuide rating: The research and support basis of the product

HAPPYneuron Pro – CR-Psychiatry

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

HAPPYneuron Pro – Rehabilitation Program

Total score: 7/14

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

HAPPYneuron Pro – The Aging Well Program

Total score: 7/14

subscores
Basis of research: 0/3
Source of funding for the research: 0/2
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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Expert review

Expert Dr. Alice Saperstein, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medical Psychology, Columbia University Medical Center reviews:
HAPPYneuron Pro: CR-Psychiatry Program
HAPPYneuron Pro: Rehabilitation Program




Research on the product

Happyneuron Pro –  CR-Psychiatry

Research page: http://www.scientificbraintrainingpro.com/science/research

  1. Bowie CR, Gupta M, Holshausen K, Jokic R, Best, M, Milev, R. (2013). Cognitive remediation for treatment resistant depression: Effects on cognition and functioning and the role of online homework. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disorders, 201, 680-685. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23896849
    • (From the abstract): “Treatment consisted of 10 weeks of weekly group sessions and daily online cognitive exercises completed at home. The participants were assessed on cognitive, mood, motivation, and functioning measures. There was a significant time by treatment interaction for attention/processing speed and verbal memory. Changes in functioning were not significant, although improved cognition predicted improvements in functioning. Number of minutes of online exercise was associated with greater cognitive improvements.”
  2. Bowie, C. R., McGurk, S. R., Mausbach, B., Patterson, T. L., & Harvey, P. D. (2012). Combined cognitive remediation and functional skills training for schizophrenia: Effects on cognition, functional competence, and real-world behavior. The American Journal of Psychiatry,169(7), 710-718. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22581070
    • “Cognitive remediation alone did not produce significant improvements in real-world behavior, but when combined with functional skills training, statistically significant improvements from baseline to end of treatment and follow-up were observed in community or household activities and work skills.”
    • “In a short intervention, cognitive remediation produced robust improvements in neurocognition.”
  3. Franck, N. et al. (2013). Specific vs general cognitive remediation for schizophrenia: a multicentre randomised trial. Schizophrenia Research, 147(1), pp. 68-74. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23583327
    • [From the abstract]: “This study assesses the benefits of an individualized therapy (RECOS program) compared with the more general cognitive remediation therapy (CRT)… Significant improvements were found in several secondary outcomes including cognition (executive functions, selective attention, verbal memory, and visuospatial abilities) and clinician measures (symptoms and awareness to be hampered by cognitive deficits in everyday) in both treatment arms following treatment. Self-esteem improved only in RECOS arm at T3, and working memory improved only in CRT arm at T2 and T3, but there were no differences in changes between arms.”


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