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Indiana Neuroscience and Education Research Study

Study of the Impact of BrainWare SAFARI on Cognitive Skills and Student Achievement

BrainWare SAFARI cognitive skills development software has been evaluated in over 20 studies, including both peer-reviewed, published research and field studies, with a variety of populations and assessments. Significant gains have been shown on both cognitive and academic measures. The prior research suggests the potential for the program to have a positive impact on a much broader scale in education.  We are working with the Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University on an independent research study that w would serve to inform policy decisions regarding the adoption of BrainWare SAFARI across a broad spectrum of elementary schools and student populations.

The following provides a brief overview of the study.  Districts and schools who have an interest in learning more about the study are requested to contact Betsy Hill at 773-250-6467 or bhill@mybrainware.com.

Center for Evaluation and Education Policy at Indiana University (CEEP)
Dr. Patricia Muller, Director of Evaluation and Research and CEEP Associate Director
Dr. John Hitchcock, CEEP Director and Associate Professor of Instructional Technology Systems

Study Confirmatory Questions:
• Does participation in BrainWare SAFARI yield greater growth in cognitive skills, compared to a control group?
• Does participation in BrainWare SAFARI yield greater student academic achievement, compared to a control group?

Planned Study Exploratory Questions:
The following are examples, not an exhaustive list of potential exploratory questions:

• Whether gains in cognitive skills are sustained a year later
• Impact of student subgroups (e.g., Special Education status, Gifted status, ELL status, Free and Reduced Lunch status, in addition to the general population of students)
• Implementation fidelity

Study Design
Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) Design, with pre- and post-test
Designed to meet the What Works Clearinghouse standards

Paritipating Schools
The study will involve 64 elementary schools in the state of Indiana, randomly assigned to the treatment and control conditions.  Participation by a range of schools is desired, including traditional public schools, public charter schools and private schools, in urban, suburban and rural settings.  Students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades will participate in the study. 

Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT), Form 7
Indiana Statewide Testing for Educational Progress Plus (ISTEP+)

Research Timetable

Please note that this timetable has been updated to reflect the decision to defer the study for a year, in light of the uncertainties surrounding the ISTEP and policy decisions regarding state standardized testing in Indiana. 

2014-15 and 2015-16 School Years 2016-17 School Year 2017-18 School Year

Work with stakeholders and garner school interest and commitment

Students in treatment schools use BrainWare SAFARI in fall 2015

Students in non-treatment schools follow usual routine.

Students in non-treatment schools use BrainWare SAFARI

Students in treatment schools do year-later testing.

The conduct and reporting of the study will be entirely independent from The BrainWare Company and any funding sources.  One or more reports will be written at the completion of the study, with attempt made to publish, regardless of the findings. There is no fiduciary relationship between The BrainWare Company and CEEP. This does not constitute an endorsement by CEEP of any aspect of the product to be tested.  Funding is not contingent on CEEP doing the proposed work.

Further Information:

Participate in a webinar to learn more and get answers to your questions:

Please email bhill@mybrainware.com to schedule a webinar.

And/or, click below to access the recording of  previous online webinar regarding BrainWare SAFARI and the study.  Please remember that the timetable for the study has been adjusted and envisions implmenetatiions beginning in the fall of 2016.

Watch the recorded presentation.


Resource Documents:

Research One-Page Overview
Overview of BrainWare SAFARI for Educators
Summary of Previous Research on BrainWare SAFARI
Cognitive Skills Developed in BrainWare
Cognitive Skills Definitions
Letter from CEEP Executive Director
CEEP Study Powerpoint Overview


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Parents Say ... They’re Playing but They’re Really Learning

by John Y. (Kendall, Age 11, and Clay, Age 8)

"They think they're playing but they're really learning. The video-game format makes them want to play. We did BrainWare Safari for the learning aspect, but the game part really made them want to do it. It motivated them."

Kids Say ... My Teacher Was Very Impressed

by Rachael H. (Age 7)

"I think it was fun and it helps me with my memory. When I had Chinese class, I got all of them right. The teacher was very impressed."

Kids Say ... Go at the Pace That Is Right for You

by Andrew T. (Age 11)

"BrainWare Safari taught me that if you are rushing in math you can get a lot of questions wrong, but if you go at a certain pace that is right for you, can get the problems right."

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by Thao D. (Christian, Age 9)

"The kids nowadays are really into computers and this is an alternative to video games. It helps improve their learning and keeps them busy and they're having fun. What else could you ask for?"

Kids Say ... Lots of Stuff is Easier

by Rachel C. (Age 8)

"I can concentrate more and lots of stuff is easier."

Parents Say ... Everyone Can Benefit from It

by Wei L. (Eric, Age 6)

"Originally, I thought this program was remedial, but everyone can get benefit from it. It's individualized to provide enrichment and build a solid foundation."

Kids Say ... From B’s and C’s to A’s and B’s

by Jeremy P. (Age 11)

"My grades went up a lot--from B's and C's to A's and B's."

Clinicians Say ... Skills Children Will Apply Every Day of Their Lives

by Russell Osnes, OD

"Our brains are constantly changing and developing. The more we exercise them, the faster we learn, and the better we process the information we receive. Working on the 41 cognitive skills encompassed in BrainWare Safari can help kids perform better, do tasks more efficiently, remember what they've been studying in school better, and be able to stay on task longer. The skills children learn in BrainWare Safari they will apply every day of their lives."

Parents Say ... Skills Quickly Transferred to Other Things

by Matt H., Father of a 7-Year-Old with Autism

"At the end of first grade, my son's teacher noted that, though he did exceptionally well academically, he had two major gaps--his ability to focus and his abstract thinking skills. Shortly thereafter, I heard about BrainWare Safari and we decided to give it a try. At first, the product frustrated my son. My wife worked with him on Rhythm Ribbet, just listening to the beat. A few minutes later, he ran into the kitchen screaming, 'I did it! I did it!" About two days later, I saw something amazing. My son was working on BrainWare Safari and he would visibly focus. He would lean forward in the chair and his entire expression would change. We had never seen this before from him. He quickly transferred this skill to other things--homework, games, puzzles. We thank you for an amazing product."

Kids Say ... I Think I’m Smarter

by Tim S. (Age 8)

"You learn and you have fun at the same time. I think I'm smarter because I do BrainWare."

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