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


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…

New research – July 2019

By Julieta S | July 31, 2019

New study on the relationship between being very fearful of falling and cognitive decline. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31351857 A systematic review and meta-analysis on non-pharmacological treatments for sleep disturbance in MCI and dementia. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/31351523 What are the associations of physical activity and β-Amyloid with  cognition and neurodegeneration in healthy older adults? https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaneurology/article-abstract/2738357 Encouraging computer use and taking into…

Could training people’s sense of smell help to offset cognitive decline?

By Julieta S | June 19, 2019

Our sense of smell diminishes as we age, and this decline can sometimes be a predictor of cognitive decline. Older adults with poorer sense of smell are estimated to be more likely to develop dementia than those who have no significant issues. A recent study has found that olfactory training in older adults could improve…

New Cochrane Review on cognitive training for people with dementia

By Julieta S | May 9, 2019

Cognitive training for people with mild to moderate dementia Bahar-Fuchs A, Martyr A, Goh AMY, Sabates J, Clare L (2019) Dementia due to Alzheimer’s and other diseases is a leading cause of disability and an enormous health and societal problem. More than 40 million people in the world currently live with dementia, and this number…

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

Mary Castellani,

BPsych (Hons)

The University of Melbourne, Australia


Belinda Goodenough, PhD

University of Wollongong (Dementia Training Australia)


Kaarin Anstey, PhD

University of NSW



Amit Lampit, PhD

The University of Melbourne


Julieta Sabates, PhD Candidate

The University of Melbourne


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