Digital Brain Health vs Brain Training vs Brain Games
- Software — refers to fully digital and online applications (accessed via computers, tablets or smartphones) designed to monitor, assess, enhance, or repair neurocognitive functions.
- Biometrics — refers to applications which require a hardware component to measure a physiological response linked to neurocognitive outcomes, primarily heart rate variability (HRV) and electroencephalography (EEG).
And here are a few examples of what we mean by Digital Brain Health (fully automated applications designed to assess, monitor and/ or enhance cognition and brain functioning), selected from among the 5 Market Leaders and 10 Companies to Watch in 2013/2014:
- A 30-minute online brain health assessment and personalized brain fitness program used by large companies like Nationwide Insurance and Accenture to improve employee’s productivity and mental wellness
- An online cognitive training program offered by several large AAA chapters to members age 50+ to improve driving safety
- A computerized cognitive behavioral therapy offered by the NHS in the UK as a first-line intervention for anxiety and depression
- A fully digital headset and platform that measures basic brain states (such as level of attention) and is being used to help people meditate better and reduce ADHD symptoms
- An iPad-based assessment that tracks cognitive performance over time to help detect concussions among football/ hockey players and military personnel
These examples are critical to understand the marketplace and real transformation underway — which has not been properly reported yet by the media, given the superficial controversy over Nintendo brain training and similar “brain games.”
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