We are pleased to announce there will be an update to Cogmed in April 2016, bringing with it some new features.
Cogmed v4.4 is scheduled to be available on all platforms (web, iOS & Android) April 4, 2016. The iOS version might be later if the Apple review process takes more time than usual.
- Adjusted criteria for automatic removal of CPI “Add up”
- Adjusted trigger criteria for Mandatory Break
- Added possibility to reinstate CPI “Add up” and Mandatory Break after removal
- Removed verbal suggestions to take a break
- Added help information for Training Weights
- Indicate highest value in CPI graphs
- Minor improvements and fixes
Adjusted criteria for automatic removal of CPI “Add up”
Currently, the CPI maths task “Add up” is removed if either i) more than 30% of the given answers were incorrect, or ii) less than 12 trials were attempted within a one minute time frame. A negative consequence of the second rule is that a large emphasis has been placed on speed rather than accuracy in performance. This lead to removal of Add up for trainees that had appropriate mathematical skills, but were somewhat slow in their performance, thereby also removing the ability for these trainees to monitor improvements on this task. In conjunction with v4.4, the second rule is therefore removed. I.e. the automatic mechanism of math removal will only trigger on trainees with more than 30% incorrect answers. This change affects all online versions of the client, but only new training IDs for all V3 and later non-research training plans.
Adjusted trigger criteria for Mandatory Break
Today, a Mandatory Break is triggered after four incorrect trials in a row. Unfortunately, this behavior might be disturbing and discouraging for trainees who really are trying their best while training. In conjunction with v4.4, an additional requirement is therefore added: Each incorrect answer must also be of enough magnitude that it also causes a level decrease. This finetuning allows a separation between the case of a concentration dip where a break is beneficial, and the case of being in the effort zone which on the contrary is a state that is desirable to maintain without interruptions. This change affect all online versions of the client, but only new training IDs for all V3 and later non-research training plans.
As a related sidenote, the concept of incorrect answers that does not cause a level decrease is also illustrated as yellow bars in the CCC Extended Training View page “Block”. I.e. a Mandatory Break will only be induced in the case of three red bars in a row.
Added possibility to reinstate CPI “Add up” and Mandatory Break after removal
In addition to the automatic removal mechanism described above, the CPI task “Add up” can also be removed manually by the coach in CCC “Training Settings”. In v4.4, it will also be possible to manually restore it. When doing so, the automatic removal mechanism described above is disabled, ensuring that a manual setting is always given the highest priority.
This ability to toggle on/off is also applied on Mandatory Breaks.
Removed verbal suggestions to take a break
All verbal suggestions to take a break are removed. This feedback adjustment is a first step to increase motivation and improve the user experience. This change affect all online versions of the client, but only new training IDs for all V3 and later non-research training plans.
Added help information for Training Weights
The calculation beneath the Training Weights setting that is present in the old Cogmed Training Web has been added to CCC as well:
This will facilitate weight adjustments by coaches, and is a common request from customers.
Indicate highest value in CPI graphs
A marker that indicates the highest value in the CPI graphs has been added. It is represented as a percentage improvement compared to baseline, and is the same value that can be found in the right data area in the Statistics page. The marker is not present if there are no values higher than the baseline, i.e. a negative value is never marked.
Minor improvements and fixes
Added horizontal grid lines in CPI graphs.
Date posted: March 16, 2016