Brain training apps are based on neuropsychological testing, and the games are designed by scientists in collaboration with game designers. A survey revealed that the prevalence of brain training apps among smartphone users is higher among younger demographics. The results showed that nearly 50% of smartphone owners were under 30 years old, while the rates for health apps and cognitive training apps were similar. Though the rates were lower among those aged 31 to 45, this indicates that the app has broader appeal than previously thought. In the age bracket of 60+, only 2% of respondents used brain training apps.
While brain training apps have become more prevalent in rehabilitation, they have not been designed to address the cognitive challenges faced by breast cancer survivors. Cognitive impairment is a common side effect of cancer treatment, and innovative mobile apps can provide cognitive exercise in the comfort of a patient’s home. PubMed and Embase databases have around six studies that examine cognitive training apps.
As per report published by Coherent Market Insights, global brain training apps market is estimated to account for US$ 5,891.2 Mn by the end of 2020
Brain training apps focus on keeping the mind sharp and developing sound reasoning. It features optical illusion tasks, logic, language, mystery, and cryptography sections. It also trains the mind’s overall flexibility. Some brain training apps use personal information to train the user’s memory. The researchers are using logistic regression to examine the relationship between measured variables and their experience using cognitive training apps.
Research into the effectiveness of brain training apps has been mixed. A recent study by Powell and colleagues, published in the journal of Cognitive Science, evaluated the effects of ProSolv on working memory and visuospatial executive function. While their results were mixed, the researchers concluded that the ProSolv app did not improve cognitive functioning by a significant amount. In other studies, however, there are many positive reports about the effectiveness of cognitive training apps. For instance, in December 2021, Jolly Good, a major medical devices provider in Japan, partnered with the Aichi Medical University Hospital to initiate research on the efficacy of brain training apps for chronic pain.