brain training and fitness

E-health industry partnership studies (2011-)

In collaboration with various industry partners, our team has investigated the efficacy of different e-health measurement tools and interventions that aim to either measure or promote improved mental health.

A. mapwellbeing.com

This project involved a collaborative psychometric study with MAP Corp who developed a theory and scale to measure “Centeredness Theory (CT)”. This theory focuses on measuring wellbeing at a systems level across the core life domains of the self, family unit, relationships, community and work. The goal of this project was to validate the psychometric properties of the 60-item CT Scale against existing measures of wellbeing and mental health, including the COMPAS-W Wellbeing Scale. The project included an analysis across two independent samples: 488 anonymous online respondents and 49 first-year university students. Reliability and validity of the scale was reported in the final study. The team members working on this project included Dr Justine Gatt (NeuRA, UNSW), Zephyr Bloch-Jorgensen (MAP Corp Pte Ltd), Patrick Cilione (Senior Data Analyst, Sciens Pty Ltd) and third-year student William Yeung (research internship completed).

Bloch-Jorgensen ZT, Cilione PJ, Yeung WW, Gatt JM. (2018). Centeredness Theory: Understanding and measuring well-being across core life domains. Frontiers in Psychology, 9: 610. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00610.

B. Totalbrain.com

This project involved a randomised controlled study in collaboration with Brain Resource who developed the tool MyBrainSolutions. The tool generates a personalised brain profile for each user which results in recommendations for different emotional and cognitive brain training activities. This study evaluated the effectiveness of this brain training tool in 162 randomised treatment/control adult twin participants. The team members working on this project included Dr Justine Gatt (NeuRA, UNSW), Prof Leanne Williams (Stanford University, USA), Prof Anthony Harris (University of Sydney), Prof Peter Schofield (NeuRA, UNSW), and PhD student Kylie Routledge (completed).

Routledge KM et al., Paper under review.