Clinically Proven – Research

AttenGo’s neuro-cognitive training has been scientifically proven in a number of independent academic studies and clinical trials as follows:

The Efficacy of Computerized Cognitive Training in Adults with ADHD: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Published in the Journal of Attention Disorders, Apr 22, 2014
Adi Stern 1,2, Dr. Elad Melik2, Dr. Yehuda Pollak3,4, Prof. Omer Bonne2, Dr. Adina Maeir1

1 School of Occupational Therapy, Hadassah and Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel
Department of Psychiatry, Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel
Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel
4 Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

A double-blind, randomized controlled trial contected in the Occupational Therapy School (Hebrew University, Jerusalem) in cooperation with the department of Adult Psychiatry (Hadassah Hospital, Jerusalem), examined the effectiveness of computerized cognitive training intervention using the AttenGo program. The study was run on adults over 18 and diagnosed with ADHD, who were evaluated on measurements of symptom severity, executive functions and quality of life >> Read the full summary here.


Can Cognitive Remediation Improve Mobility in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease? Findings from a 12 week Pilot Study with AttenGo Training

A recently published study headed by Prof. Jeffrey M. Hausdorff used AttenGo’s cognitive training to test the novel hypothesis that cognitive training can help patients with Parkinson’s Disease gain improved mobility. Executive Functions are generally impaired in PD patients and considered to be related to the level of impaired mobility.
The study examined patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, before and after 3 months of Executive Function training using the AttenGo system.

The study’s results:
(a) Participants showed significant improvement in overall cognitive scores and general improvement in attention and executive function measures throughout;
(b) Participants who showed a 5-point or greater improvement in EF scores also showed improvement in walking patterns on certain tasks (walking while subtracting numbers);
(c) Participants showed improvement in the TUG task (testing for mobility).

Reference: Milman U, Atias H, Weiss A, Mirelman A and Hausdorff JM. Can Cognitive Remediation Improve Mobility in Patients with Parkinson’s Disease? Findings from a 12 week Pilot Study. Journal of Parkinson’s Disease. 
PMID: 24322063 | Pubmed Link (Feb. 2014)


Change in Executive Functions and Quality of Life in Adults with ADHD Following 3 Months of Training with AttenGo

A thorough study was conducted over a period of three months on ADHD adults aged 18 and older, and showed significant improvement in ADHD symptoms, executive functions and quality of life. The research was conducted by doctoral candidate, Adi Stern, under the supervision of Prof. Adina Hartman-Maier from the School of Occupational Therapy at the Hebrew University, and Drs. Avi Yakir and Yehuda Pollack from the Shaarei Tzedek Hospital.

Reference: Stern A, Pollack Y, Yakir A and Maeir A. A Pilot Study of Computerized Cognitive Training in Adults with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Change in Executive Functions and Quality of Life Following 3 Months of Training Using the AttenGo Program. Read more >>The Israeli Journal of Occupational Therapy, November 2012, 21(4).


Can Cognitive Training improve Attention, EF and Mood Disorders?

Eighty nine children of elementary school age participated in the study (56 in the study group, 33 in the control group). The aim of the study was to test for changes in attention, EF, and mood in children diagnosed with ADD/ADHD, following the use of the AttenGo program.

Results: Significant results were found on the Behavior Rating Inventory of Executive Functions (BRIEF) scale.

Margalit Padeh, PhD and Orit Barret, PhD.
Faculty of Occupational Therapy, Medical School, Tel-Aviv University

 


Deep Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (DTMS) as a Treatment for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

AttenGo was used in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) research by the Brainsway company. The study aims to test the effectiveness of TMS, which uses an electromagnetic coil to stimulates the prefrontal cortex to help patients of various ages suffering from cognitive impairments. Pre-studies have found that cognitive stimulation before magnetic stimulation improves the results of TMS.
AttenGo was chosen to provide the cognitive stimulation for TMS studies.

AttenGo used in Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Research.
Dr. Elissa Ash, Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center
Memory Clinic, Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (Ichilov).
Online link: http://clinicaltrials.gov/show/NCT01196910


Research is ongoing in seeking to understand more fully just how cognitive training and neurofeedback help individuals better manage and even ease symptoms in a variety of cognitive difficulties.

The following list of studies is a collection of some of the more important studies relevant to the field of cognitive training for ADHD, Learning Disabilities and MCI.

Cognitive Training Research

  • Improving fluid intelligence with training on working memory >> Read Summary
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  • Neuropsychological Evaluation of Deficits in Executive Functioning for ADHD Children with or without Learning Disabilities >> Read Summary
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  • A Randomized Trial of Two Promising Computer-Based Interventions for Students with Attention Difficulties >> Read Summary
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  • Computer-Based Attention Training in the Schools for Children With Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: A Preliminary Trial >> Read Summary
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  • Computerized Cognitive Training for Severely Emotionally Disturbed Children with ADHD >> Read Summary
  • Critical Validation Studies of Neurofeedback >> Read Summary
  • Computerised Cognitive Training for Older Persons With Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Pilot Study Using a Randomised Controlled Trial Design >> Read Summary

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