The Science Behind Brain Power

Evidence from professional research that validates Brain Power's products and methods




The Most Scientifically Validated Education Product

Welcome! We could not be more committed to empowering the brains of your children / students. There is nothing more important.

This is why we have assembled a world-class team of brain scientists (PhDs and MDs). It is also why we have submitted all of our methods and results to the scrutiny of the international community of research scientists and clinicians, via the gold-standard process of peer-reviewed publication.

A large set of peer-reviewed medical research papers support Brain Power’s products – more than any product we know of in the education space. This page is an index of this ever-growing set of papers: You can browse the short, plain-language summaries here, then click any to explore the paper in greater detail.

Summary Images

Above: One of Brain Power’s scientific publications was selected by the editor of the research journal (“Children”) to be featured on the cover of the journal (pictured above — click to expand on your screen).

Above: Two plots that summarize key results across several of our clinical and school-based research studies. (Click them to expand.) You can find the detailed results in the papers visually summarized below.

Evidence of Therapeutic Efficacy


The professional, peer-reviewed research papers that are summarized in the tiles below report studies that report actual efficacy, namely whether Empowered Brain works and provides clinical benefit.

It is critical to ensure that time and energy are spent only on providing educational technologies that are evidence-based and proven to benefit students. The published, quantitative research summarized here shows that Empowered Brain® is an efficacious digital tool that reduces symptoms of autism and ADHD in school and lab settings. Additionally, qualitative research shows that teachers and parents have noticed improved educational, communication, and behavioral skills, among students who use the system. Further research is underway, including a randomized controlled trial (RCT) conducted independently of Brain Power at a top-ten US research university.

Tolerability and Feasibility


These published studies represent Brain Power’s first line of research, namely investigating whether our methods and technology were feasible and tolerable in people with autism or ADHD.

Children with autism and/or ADHD struggle with new interventions. They commonly have attentional challenges, sensory sensitivities, and difficulties with transitions. The adoption of some assistive technologies is simply not realistic by many time-pressed teachers who are running a busy classroom. Empowered Brain is different and has been proven to be tolerable and usable by over 90% of children and adolescents with autism. Teachers and therapists have found that they can practically and feasibly use Empowered Brain in real-life classrooms and their own students.



These published studies relate to attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Millions of students in the US struggle with ADHD (~11%), and millions more have some degree of inattention or hyperactivity. These students don’t reach their educational potential, and can also increase the demands on educators. While many children now receive psychiatric medication to help them with their symptoms, research has shown that Empowered Brain can reduce symptoms associated with ADHD. Multiple studies on Empowered Brain have demonstrated decreased hyperactivity, inattention, and impulsivity. Preliminary results also suggest that the Empowered Brain can predict the severity of ADHD symptoms, providing teachers with another powerful tool to inform their instructional strategies. Additional research is actively underway.

Note: there is some overlap in the groupings of papers on this page, as some papers fit into multiple groups.



These published studies relate to autism.

Over 550,000 US students have autism and are on IEPs, placing a huge demand on an already stretched special educational system. Autistic students have worse long-term educational, health, job, and relationship outcomes compared to their peers, so an intervention that accommodates their needs and fits within the school’s system well can unlock much of this potentially lost potential. Core challenges in autism include social and emotional skills. A wide body of research on Empowered Brain has shown that it can teach these skills and address a wide range of autism-related challenges. Empowered Brain is a transformative digital tool for special education, and these studies show that it is proven to improve social communication, cognition, motivation, and behavior.

School-related research


These published papers report research studies carried out in school settings. Some of these papers are also in groupings above.

Children spend over a third of their lives at school. Any digital intervention must not only meet children at their developmental level but should meet them in real-world settings where they will naturally build their social, emotional, and academic skills. The research studies have shown that the Empowered Brain is suitable and effective for a wide range of students, usable by educators of different backgrounds, and across a mixture of classroom and school settings.