Welcome to CogTale!

Interested in cognitive interventions, but confused about what you hear in the media? Want to take a closer look at the evidence, but not sure what information to trust? 

What is CogTale?

CogTale is a comprehensive database of design (methodological) features and summary results from all relevant trials of cognitive interventions in the field of cognitive ageing.


The scientists behind CogTale are passionate about research on cognitive interventions in older age, and about assisting consumers in making informed treatment decisions, by providing up-to-date, evidence-based information on cognitive intervention treatments. 


CogTale is currently in a 'pilot' phase (Beta Release), which means that data and articles are being continuously added to the platform, and the website is subject to regular change.


Create a CogTale Account

Creating a CogTale user account will allow you to bookmark studies, synthesize evidence from multiple studies, and receive detailed evidence reports by email

Search, Compare, & Get a Report

Perform simple or advanced searches using our continuously updated database, learn about the quality and results of different studies, and get a report sent to your email

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CogTale Resources

Learn how to interpret your search findings using a range of resources available on the CogTale website:

Research Quality

Learn about the metrics we use to rate the methodological quality of studies in the CogTale database.

Meta Analyses Explained

Learn about interpreting the results of a meta-analysis.

Effect Sizes

Learn about different types of effect sizes and how to interpret and understand them.

CogTale Blog


CogTale paper published in Systematic Reviews!

By Marnie Drake | August 31, 2021

Want to learn more about Cogtale? Read our new paper published in Systematic Reviews! https://rdcu.be/cv2Qy

New CogTale paper pre-print!

By Julieta S | July 9, 2020

The pre-print of our new paper is out. Read it here: https://www.researchsquare.com/article/rs-39520/v1

Join us! Internship now open

By Julieta S | April 29, 2020

Applications to do an internship with the Cognitive Interventions Technologies and Evaluations (CITE) research group are now open. If you are a 3rd year undergraduate student looking for some research experience, you can get involved in CogTale and other projects.  For more information, visit CITE website.

Training your brain in lockdown

By Julieta S | April 9, 2020

The profound changes in our lifestyle due to COVID-19 social distancing may require us to take more deliberate actions to exercise our thinking skills. Here are some tips.     By Dr Amit Lampit and Dr Alex Bahar-Fuchs, University of Melbourne   CLICK HERE TO READ THE ARTICLE   

What’s new in 2020?

By Julieta S | February 3, 2020

Relationship between neuropsychiatric disorders and cognitive and behavioural change in MND: A population-based study. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31871139 Can brain volume predict BPSD in people with Alzheimer’s disease? https://ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31903989 New cross-sectional study investigating the associations between physical fitness, cognition, functional capacity and QoL in dementia. https://ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31927709 Inability to smell peppermint is related to cognitive decline: A prospective community-based…

CogTale Workshop at CCN2019

By Julieta S | November 27, 2019

This month we presented CogTale at 2019 APS College of Clinical Neuropsychologists Conference in Adelaide, South Australia. Keep an eye out for our upcoming 2020 workshop opportunities!

What’s new in October?

By Julieta S | October 30, 2019

Findings from a recent meta-analysis suggest that virtual reality interventions could be useful for people with mild cognitive impairment or dementia: The effectiveness of virtual reality for people with mild cognitive impairment or dementia: a meta-analysis (Kim et al., 2019)   New pilot RCT of behavioral activation for people with mild dementia: Behavioral Activation for…

Combined cognitive and physical training for older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI)

By Julieta S | September 4, 2019

A recently published randomised controlled trial investigated the effects of a 7-month intervention involving both cognitive and physical training on neuropsychiatric symptoms and quality of life of older adults with MCI. Participants included in this study experienced improvements in their mood and well-being, and so did the caregivers of the people with MCI that received…

Meet the Team

Our team consists of leading clinical researchers located around the world,  passionate about developing effective lifestyle interventions to prevent or minimise cognitive decline.

Alex Bahar-Fuchs, PhD

The University of Melbourne, Australia

Sylvie Belleville, PhD

Universite de Montreal, Canada

Benjamin Hampstead, PhD

The University of Michigan, USA

Tzvi Dwolatzky, MD

Rambam Health Care, Haifa, Israel

Sharon Sanz-Simon, PhD

The University of Sao Paulo

Amit Lampit,

The University of Melbourne


Mary Castellani,

BPsych (Hons)

The University of Melbourne, Australia


Julieta Sabates, PhD Student

The University of Melbourne


Marnie Drake, RA

The University of Melbourne


Kaarin Anstey, PhD

University of NSW



Belinda Goodenough, PhD

University of Wollongong (Dementia Training Australia)



Nathalie Launder, Student


The University of Melbourne, Australia

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