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BrainHQ Review

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Credibility

Credibility

3.67 / 5.00

Overall Score: 11/15

Consumer Ratings: 2/2
Proposed Goal: 1/2
Evidence Based Content: 1/1
Software Updates: 2/2
Clinical Input in Development: 1/1
Research on Development Process: 0/1
Efficacy of Other Products: 1/1
Research Independence and Review: 1/2
Research Base: 2/3

Rating Date: August 2020

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User Experince

User Experience

4.11 / 5.00

Engagement: 4.20 Functionality: 3.50 Aesthetics: 4.50 Information: 4.25 Subjective quality score: 3.38 Perceived impact score: 3.50 Rating date: August 2016 Rated by: Queensland University

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Transparency

Transparency

Unacceptable

Overall Score: Unacceptable

Does the app have a privacy policy?:Yes
Does the privacy policy describe the information storage and sharing procedures related to user entered information, OR state that user information is stored locally?:Yes
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?:Yes
Does the privacy policy state whether or not users can edit entered information OR state that user information is stored locally?:Yes

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BrainHQ is a cognitive training web platform with mobile apps available for Apple and Android devices. BrainHQ is comprised of 29 exercises, which target six areas of cognition: Memory, Attention, Speed, People Skills, Navigation, and Intelligence. The program’s exercises aim to address each category and adapt to users’ skill levels. BrainHQ provides users with feedback about their progress and allows them to keep track of their scores over time and in comparison to other users.

Technical Details

Available For: Requires iOS 11.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.  Android 5.0 and up. Web
Developer: Posit Science
Type of Treatment: Cognitive Training
Targeted Conditions: Mood Disorders, Schizophrenia, Stress and Anxiety
Target Audience: Adults
Designed to be used in conjunction with a professional? No
Languages Available: English, German, Japanese
Cost: Free with in-app purchases
Get it on:  Online, Google Play, Apple App Store

Research on this App

A study on Posit science cognitive training program, which is the previous version of BrainHQ shows efficacy of six of the exercises in the BrainHQ app. 487 adults who are 65 or older participated in this study. Participants were divided into experimental group and control group. Experimental group participants used the cognitive training program, and control group participants used a general cognitive stimulation program. The result show that compared to participants in control group, participants who participated in the Posit science cognitive training program improve more significantly in auditory memory and attention. (Smith, G. E., Housen, P., Yaffe, K., Ruff, R., Kennison, R. F., Mahncke, H. W., & Zelinski, E. M. 2009. https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/j.1532-5415.2008.02167.x)

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