3.2 out of 5
Engaging and easy to use/Reasonably priced.
Video advertisements in the free version could be very irritating.
Peak– Brain Training is engaging and easy to use. Its overall design fits the mobile phone delivery method, utilizing short interactive games and practices that can be easily incorporated into the daily routine. The program will probably suit mostly those who seek some kind of cognitive practice to maintain or regain functions (like the elderly population or people suffering from mild cognitive impairment). However, important to note that because of its nature as a mobile app, some level of experience and practice with mobile devices is requires. Peak’s free version includes video advertisements which could be very irritating. On the up side, the Peak Pro paid version is reasonably priced. The program’s developers state the program is intended to be used to challenge and practice cognitive abilities and do not claim to improve function or slow decline, like stated in other cognitive remediation programs.
It is still important to note that although some research has shown a link between the practice of specific cognitive tasks and the improvement or slow of decline in deteriorated functions (like memory, driving, etc.), the current cumulative knowledge in the field of cognitive training does not match the extent of knowledge in other treatment orientations that target other clinical aims (e.g., CBT for depression). In addition, the ability of cognitive training to partly rehabilitate or slow down cognitive impairments related to specific illnesses – such as schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s – is still being evaluated. Therefore, users should be aware of these limitations when utilizing the program.
Notes for Clinicians
Peak could be used as a supplement to treatment for patients looking to mend or retain cognitive abilities through the utilization of mobile apps. Clinicians might want to consider and examine such program’s applicability for elderly patients, people at risk for cognitive decline, or people with conditions in which their cognition may have been affected (e.g., Schizophrenia). The therapist can assist in providing ongoing support towards the continuous use of the program. Finally, clinicians are highly recommended to explain the limited empirical knowledge that currently exists in this field.
Wednesday, November 22, 2017