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3.33 / 5.00

Overall Score: 10/15

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

Rating Date: August 2020

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User Experince

User Experience

4.12 / 5.00

Engagement: 3.85 Functionality: 4.00 Aesthetics: 4.33 Information: 4.29 Subjective quality score: 4.00 Perceived impact score: 3.92 Rating date: September 2020 Rated by: Queensland University

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Overall Score: Acceptable

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 OR de-identifies the entered data OR state that user information is stored locally?: Yes
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 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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Total Brain is an app that aims to helps educate the user about mental health while developing self-awareness around the user’s mental status. Upon first use, app users are guided through a 20 minute brain performance assessment, the results of which are used to tailor and prioritize the app’s content for the new user. Once the assessment is complete, users are guided to Total Brain’s home screen. There, users are invited to begin their “Journey” within the app (Become More Resilient, Achieve Sharp Focus, Improve Your Memory, etc.). Within each brain training “Journey”, the app offers short guided meditations, breathing exercises, brain training games, and short coaching videos delivered by a mental health practitioner. At any time via the tab bar, the user can navigate to the “Assess” screen to access their brain performance statistics, or navigate to the “About You” screen to track progress or modify settings.

Technical Details

Available for: Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. Requires Android 4.4 and up.
Developer: BRC International Pty Ltd
Type of Treatment: Cognitive Training, Mindfulness, Psychoeducation & Information, Cognitive Behavioral Principles, Symptom Tracking/Self-Monitoring
Targeted Conditions: Stress and Anxiety, Mood Disorders, Sleep, Substance Use
Target Audience: Adults, Not Specified
Designed to be used in conjunction with a professional? Recommended
Languages Available: English
Cost: Free
Get it On: Apple App Store, Google Play

Employer Plan Details

Report Frequency: Monthly, quarterly or annual, based on employer’s preference

Research on this App

In a randomized controlled trial, 213 adult treatment-seeking smokers were randomized to receive nicotine patch therapy and 12 weeks of either computerized CT or computerized relaxation (control) training via MyBrainSolutions (now called Total Brain). This trial found that adjunctive cognitive training did not increase the likelihood of successful quitting, compared to an active control condition. Six month quit rates in both groups were similar to those reported in the literature for nicotine replacement therapy alone and there was no evidence for reductions in subjective withdrawal or craving symptoms during the quit attempt (Loughead, J., Falcone, M., Wileyto, E. P., Albelda, B., Audrain-McGovern, J., Cao, W., … Lerman, C. 2016.

A 2010 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 (O’Connor, Megan & Cooper, Nicholas & Williams, Leanne & Devarnney, Savannah & Gordon, Evian. 2010. Neuroleadership and the Productive Brain.)

In another study, 2,751 participants used MyBrainSolutions (now called Total Brain) and their cognitive and emotional states were compared to a database of healthy norms. The most significant benefits were found for games training positivity to improve scores within anxiety, stress, and depression (feeling scores). In addition, 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 (Gordon, E., Palmer, D. M., Liu, H., Rekshan, W., & DeVarney, S. 2013.

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