A Study of the Effectiveness of Cognitive Skill Development in a Video-Game Format

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A Study of the Effectiveness of Cognitive Skill Development in a Video-Game Format

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A Study of the Effectiveness of Cognitive Skill Therapy Delivered in a Video-Game Format,” Helms, D. and Sawtelle, S.M., Optometry & Vision Development, Volume 38, Number 1, 2007

Product Studied:           BrainWare SAFARI

Subjects     34 students, male and female, ages 6 to 13 (grades 1-7), affiliated with Christian Heritage Academy, Northfield, IL, assigned to treatment and no-treatment groups
Usage3-5 sessions per week, 45-60 minutes per session, 12 weeks, home usage with parents as coaches
AssessmentWoodcock-Johnson III Cognitive Battery and Tests of Achievement

Summary of Findings:  Children who used BrainWare SAFARI (treatment group) showed an average of 4 years and 3 months improvement on the tests of cognitive skills compared to 4 months improvement for the control group, and an average of 1 year and 11 months increase on the tests of achievement compared to an average 1 month increase for the control group.

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