BrainAid conducts cutting edge interdisciplinary research combining artificial intelligence(AI), neuropsychology, and consumer electronics in the application of automated task planning and execution to improve people’s lives. The needs of individuals with memory impairments are growing. We are currently participating in four funded research proposals. We are interested in collaborating with clinicians and academic researchers. Those interested in collaborations and licensing PEAT for research projects can contact us at


“Efficacy of A Custom-Fitting Cognitive Orthotic with Automatic Planning and Cueing Assistance.”
blankspace5_courier12 Dr. Jeffery Englander P.I., Tamara Bushnik, Co-P.I., Richard Levinson was Co-Project Manager, Co-Author, NIDRR-funded grant(2004-2008) This clinical trial at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, San Jose, CA included with more than 90 subjects, primarily with brain injury and stroke, as been completed with positive results which are currently awaiting publication.
Funding National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research(NIDRR Contract H133G040145)
Status Complete
Results Over time, participants receiving the PEAT intervention showed improvements, at 3 and 6 months, in depressive symptomatology, cognitive functioning and social integration, disability, basic living skills, activities of daily living (ADL), and supervision needs. Additional improvements were noted with regard to life satisfaction between baseline and 6 months. Overall there appears to be a definite benefit of cognitive intervention for those who participated in this study. Both [the control and intervention] groups experienced similar improvements overtime except with regard to ADLs; individuals in the PEAT group appeared to be doing better than the controls at 3 and 6 months as measured by the M2PI.
Article Unpublished Manuscript - Click here to read the full journal article about this clinical trial which was submitted for the Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation but never published because it included subjects who had other cognitive disorders besides brain injury such as stroke and MS.

“Effectiveness of an electronic cognitive aid in patients with acquired brain injury: A multicentre randomised parallel- group study”
blankspace5_courier12 E.A. De Joode, C.M. Van Heugten, F.R.J. Verhey, and M.P.J. Van Boxtel, 2012. School for Mental Health and Neuroscience, Maastricht University, Maastricht, The Netherlands
Journal Neuropsychological Rehabilitation: An International Journal, DOI:10.1080/09602011.2012.726632
Status Complete
Article Read the article here

“CRATER Therapy for Veterans With Mild to Moderate Cognitive Impairment and Comorbid PTSD.”
blankspace5_courier12 Dr. Harriet Katz Zeiner, Journal of Trauma Rehabilitation. Division 56. American Psychological Association. Summer 2014.
Read the article here

“Use of Cognitive Remidiation Device/PDA with Planning Software to Reduce Dysfunctional Hypomanic Behavior in a Combat Veteran with Co-morbid Multiple Neurological and Psychological Disorders”
blankspace5_courier12 F Pastrana, L Wurst and H Zeiner. National Academy of Neuropsychology (NAN) New Orleans, LA. 2009. Published in the NAN journal "Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 24(5).
Read the abstract here

“Increasing Independence after Brain Injury with Autonomous Sensing, Planning and Cueing”
Goal blankspace5_courier12 This study was performed at the Palo Alto VA. Veterans and their families evaluated the PEAT smartphone application including a sensor system in their home. The goal is to provide more effective cues based on actual activities as monitored by home and locations sensing.
Funding Funded by Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II Proposal # D2-0742 under Contract # W31P4Q-08-C-0170
Status Completed December 2013

“A Conversational Independent Living Assistant for Cognitive Impairments”

Goal blankspace5_courier12 This study is also being conducted at the Palo Alto VA. Six veterans with a diagnosis of PTSD are evaluating the PEAT smartphone system application with a conversational assistant including the sensor system and biosensors to assist them with their therapeutic goals. Biosensors are monitoring the participants state as a method of assisting them to self identify PTSD inducing situations in the community and apply theraputic interventions as practiced in a clinical setting.
Funding Funded by Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) Telemedicine and Advanced Technology Research Center (TATRC). This work is supported by the US Army Medical Research and Materiel Command under Contract No. W81XWH-08-C-0740.
Status Completed February 2014.


“Neuropsychology Assessment and Intervention (NPI) Clinic CRATER Therapy and Cognitive Prosthetic (PEAT) Study”
Goal blankspace5_courier12 Richard Levinson, Technical P.I. , Dr. Harriet Zeiner, Medical PI, Professor Henry Kautz, Technical Co-PI, Actigraph Sleep/Wake Regularization Pilot of sixty participants wearing wrist monitor that measures sleep/wake cycle for one week prior to being trained with standard clinical therapy on the standard PEAT cognitive prosthetic and 8 weeks later wear the device again for one week. This is to see if the clinical intent of the device- to remind participants with memory issues to have a regular sleep/wake cycle and eat at regular times- is actually occurring.
Funding DARPA and VA
Status In progress.

“PEAT Communication Scheduler for Autism”
Goal blankspace5_courier12 This study was completed in Dec. 2012. Four students with Autism Spectrum Disorder or other intellectual disabilities and their families, teachers and classroom aides are evaluating the PEAT Smartphone application in the classroom at Pacific Autism Center for Education. Many people with Autism Spectrum disorders or Intellectual Disabilities have difficulty remembering their schedules, require cueing from others in order to complete tasks such as school work and require supervision when traveling within their community. They also have trouble communicating quickly and effectively which sometimes leads to disruptive behaviors. This study will test whether using PEAT will provide them with an effective task cueing, and a location or task dependent communication system.
Funding Funded by US Department of Education (SBIR) Phase I under Contract # ED-IES-12-C-0047
Status Completed Dec. 2012

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