Design of a Mobile Brain Training Tool for Seniors: Motivational Requirements
Knapp, R. Benjamin
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The overall goal of this project is to design, develop, and validate a mobile phone-based ‘brain training’ software suite targeted at senior users, using iterative person-centered design methodologies, that will permit a subsequent clinical trial of cognitive stimulation efficacy known as theSONIC²S Study (Stirling-Oregon-Northern Ireland-Chicago Cognitive Stimulation Study). The SONIC²S Study will represent a long term (c. 15 year), very large scale (n=12,000), embedded clinical trial that aims to definitively establish whether or not brain training acts to prevent dementia or cognitive decline. It is anticipated that participant compliance in such a study will be a significant concern. This study reports on a series of focus groups, usability studies and field trials which sought to identify the key motivational factors influencing seniors’ engagement with mobile brain-training technology in order to inform the design of a bespoke tool which is acceptable/enjoyable to target users.