2019 - Driven Peer-Reviewed Results

Exploring the mechanism that enables the brain to change and to improve resilience

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Digital interventions hold promise to address the global decline in mental health. Resilience is indicated as an avenue to enact preventative care. Combining resilience enhancement with a neuroscience-based learning technique may attenuate current trends.

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Methods

This study sets out the neurobiological mechanics of small, micro-session learning (microtasks), and tested their efficacy in building resilience capacity through a digital conversive program called Driven to create lasting behavioural change. Using the foundations of the microtask approach, Driven was constructed as an automated intervention to improve resilience capacity, based on the PR6 resilience framework. Real world data from a sub-clinical cohort (n=387) across four organisations were analysed using the PR6 resilience psychometric to assess resilience pre and post intervention. Usage rates of Driven and other factors were investigated through regression analyses as predictors of future resilience capacity improvement.

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Results

Of the invited cohort, 89% (n=345/387) participated and were mostly male (74.5%, n=257/345). Median time between first and second PR6 assessment was 199 days. Of participants, 70.4% (n=245/345) completed the second assessment. Average individual improvement in resilience was 10.9% for the remeasured cohort (n=245). Results showed higher daily usage of Driven resulted in greater resilience improvements, with usage of more than once every four days resulted in a 15.6% improvement, and average usage once every two days resulted in a 24.9% improvement. Low or no usage of Driven showed no significant improvement. Further, a lower pre intervention score resulted in higher participation and higher subsequent improvement.

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Conclusion

Delivering microtasks through a digital virtual coaching approach presents a reliable method to achieve lasting behavioural change and improve resilience capacity. Additionally, Driven displays an ability to provide effective preventative intervention to those with greater need.

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