- Posted by Chris Lincoln
- On 8th January 2018
One of our core outcomes at Evolve is to develop the cognition of the pupils we work with to support their general health and wellbeing. In conjunction with MyCognition, spearheaded by the innovative Keiron Sparrowhawk, we are using the scientific process to develop the cognitive fitness of pupils our Health Mentors support.
Across the core programme, beneficiaries are invited to undertake short, fun and engaging digital assessments to provide data in five key cognitive areas:
- Processing speed – how quickly and accurately you respond to an action. This is assessed through a reaction time test.
- Attention – how efficiently you devote your concentration and focus to a given task. A choice reaction time test is utilised for this area.
- Working memory – the way you retain information for a short period of time and utilise that data to solve problems and make decisions. This is assessed by a memory test.
- Episodic memory – this is your ability to recall past events that are personal to you. A visual recognition memory test is used in this domain.
- Executive function – your ability to plan, organise and develop a solution to a new or different activity. A trail making assessment is used to support this area.
The activities will provide you with a score that aligns with the results of other people from a similar age bracket. The creative process then encourages you to undertake a video training game called AquaSnap that creates personal challenges to develop your cognitive fitness in specific areas according to your data from the assessments.
The partnership is being used as a trailblazer at Seven Sisters Primary School in London, where Evolve’s health and wellbeing toolkit is also being utilised alongside MyCognition to track the health and wellbeing of pupils.