Overview

This trial has been completed.

Condition mental acuity
Treatments financial incentives, no incentives
Phase phase 2/phase 3
Sponsor University of Pennsylvania
Collaborator Carnegie Mellon University
Start date May 2010
End date September 2011
Trial size 600 participants
Trial identifier NCT01126021, HS09-634

Summary

The study plans to test the effectiveness of behavioral economics based incentives to promote the daily use of computer programs designed to improve memory and mental acuity. Subjects will be recruited from the Pittsburgh metropolitan area. The primary objective is to determine the impact of structured financial incentives on the number of computer-based cognitive exercises completed during a 3 month intervention period.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification efficacy study
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose prevention
Arm
(Active Comparator)
Given access to mental exercises but receives no rewards for use.
no incentives
Participants will be given training and access to the software to participate in mental exercises but will not be given financial incentives for participation.
(Experimental)
Each individual is awarded for his or her individual participation
financial incentives
Participants are eligible for incentives if they participate in at least 30 games per day.
(Experimental)
Participants are paired and rewarded according to the other individual's participation.
financial incentives
Participants are eligible for incentives if they participate in at least 30 games per day.
(Experimental)
Teams compete against each other and receive rewards according to relative participation.
financial incentives
Participants are eligible for incentives if they participate in at least 30 games per day.

Primary Outcomes

Measure
Number of activities completed
time frame: 6 weeks
Performance on activities completed
time frame: 6 weeks

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 55 years up to 80 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - 55-80 years old Exclusion Criteria: - Unable to read or understand the informed consent form

Additional Information

Official title Using Technology to Promote Mental Acuity
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in December 2016.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by University of Pennsylvania.