MyCognition commissions and is involved in a range of clinical trials and real-world studies on an ongoing basis in partnership with a wide range of respected academic, medical and commercial organisations covering different health conditions and user types and investigating the correlation with different areas of individual performance.
These organisations include Maastricht University Medical Center, Amsterdam Academic Medical Center, Antwerp University Hospital, Royal Free Hospital Children’s School London, Feltham Young Offenders, Stad & Esch Schools Netherlands and the London Sleep Centre.
This study aimed to assess the cognitive fitness of a team of senior leaders within this financial services giant. The aim was to identify strengths and weaknesses in their abilities to focus, to perform fast and accurately, to solve problems, to make decisions, and to plan a strategy.
Eight participants undertook MyCognition’s MyCQ assessment, which gives a score out of 100 on overall cognitive function. This is based on five key cognitive domains – attention, processing speed, working memory, episodic memory and executive function.
Two of the participants showed good and balanced score across all the cognitive domains. Amongst the others, however, there were significant disparities across the different domains. Strengths were seen in attention and processing speed, while weaknesses emerged in working memory and executive function. Moreover, one of the participants showed very low scores across all the domains, revealing potential underlying cognitive health issues.
Lifestyle factors are widely known to have an impact on the brain’s performance and wellness. MyCognition ran this trial at the London HQ of a well-known global charity – its aim was to assess the impact that lifestyle factors can have on staff performance and cognitive fitness at work.
13 members of staff were divided into two groups: a Target Group (8 people); and a Control Group (5 people).
The Target Group completed 4 cycles for each healthy habit (breakfast, hydration, sleep, exercise), including the following steps:
- Answer a questionnaire on the healthy habit
- Take MyCQ assessment
- Attend a briefing on the habit, and read guidance
- Make changes, experiment and notice impact
- Keep diary
- Take MyCQ assessment.
The Control Group only took the MyCQ assessment, in the same circumstances as the Target Group.
Overall the Target Group showed a 15% increase in Cognitive Fitness, when compared to their baseline assessment at the start of the trial. The Control Group showed an overall increase of 5.6% across all domains.