Individual Study / Thirkettle et ai.; JMIR Serious Games. 2018

A Mobile App Delivering a Gamified Battery of Cognitive Tests Designed for Repeated Play (OU Brainwave): App Design and Cohort Study

A Mobile App Delivering a Gamified Battery of Cognitive Tests Designed for Repeated Play (OU Brainwave): App Design and Cohort Study

Initiatives -
The objective of this study was to develop and assess the utility of 1-2 minute versions of both classic and novel cognitive tasks using a user-focused and user-driven mobile phone and tablet app designed to encourage repeated play. Note: All published information has been collected from the article referenced in the Marker Paper box below. Therefore, there may be variations with more advanced versions of the study.
Start Year
2015
Funding
The app development central to this project was supported by a grant from the Reed Foundation.

Design

Study design
Population cohort

Marker Paper

Thirkettle M, Lewis J, Langdridge D, Pike G. A Mobile App Delivering a Gamified Battery of Cognitive Tests Designed for Repeated Play (OU Brainwave): App Design and Cohort Study. JMIR Serious Games. 2018;6(4):e10519. Published 2018 Oct 30. doi:10.2196/10519

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Recruitment

Sources of Recruitment
  • Individuals

Number of participants

Number of participants
13,979
Number of participants with biosamples

Access

Availability of data and biosamples

Data
Biosamples
Other

Timeline

Population

A large sample of app users (N=13 979 at first data collection) participated in multiple, self-paced sessions of classic working memory (N-back), spatial cognition (mental rotation), sustained attentional focus (persistent vigilance task), and split attention (multiple object tracking) tasks, along with the implementation of a comparatively novel action-learning task.
Selection Criteria
Newborns
Twins
Countries
  • United Kingdom
Ethnic Origin
Health Status

Recruitment

Sources of recruitment
  • General population

Number of participants

Number of participants
13,979
Number of participants with biosamples
Data Collection Event
The "OU Brainwave" app was designed to measure time-of-day variation in cognitive performance and did not offer any training program or promise any cognitive enhancement.
Start Date
2015-01
End Date
2016-01
Data sources
  • Mobile data collection
    • Smartphone apps
    • Tablet/laptop