Measure your brain health with Lila

The do-it-yourself, take-anywhere memory assessment tool from Cogstate.

Introducing Lila™, the memory app. With Lila, you can regularly check your brain health with science-backed, reliable, and easy-to-use self-assessments of verbal learning and memory.

Backed by decades of experience supporting the cognitive assessment needs of pharmaceutical and academic researchers and physicians, Cogstate developed Lila as a tool anyone can use to make brain measurement simple and easy.

Why measure brain health?

The brain is central to human life, yet it’s rarely monitored with the consistency and proactivity of our other vital signs. Unless triggered by a traumatic event, many adults won't have their brain health monitored regularly until age 65. Now, with Lila, it’s possible to perform repeatable self-assessments of verbal learning and memory at home.

With this type of data, the goal is for people to gain new ways to:

Set a personal benchmark for your brain health, and track your memory overtime.

Make lifestyle choices such as diet, exercise, and social interactions, that can help modify your risk for dementia.

Talk to your doctor with more objective information about your experience.

Enroll in clinical trials that can offer additional treatment options.

The Lila test

Lila is based on the validated and widely used International Shopping List Test (ISLT), an established assessment of memory that uses a real-world scenario of trying to remember a grocery list. The test has been designed for use in multiple languages and cultures, and for repeat testing over time to identify changes in memory. The ISLT has been used extensively in Alzheimer’s Disease research, including at clinical trial sites in more than 30 countries worldwide.

The test experience

Using a virtual assistant and natural language processing technology, Lila reads aloud a 12-item shopping list. Users then recall, verbally, as many items as possible. Users go through this process three times, then they pause for a timed delay before again repeating any items they recall.
After completing the final recall, users will receive test performance feedback immediately. Results of accuracy for both the learning and recall are displayed. Users can also see a display of performance over time, providing an idea of how their performance might be evolving with regular assessments and providing a personal baseline for future testing.

Want to learn more about the ISLT, the science behind Lila? See these resources:

Why Cogstate developed Lila

An estimated 50 million people worldwide live with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias––a figure that will almost triple by 2050. Memory decline is one of the earliest signs of the disease, but today, testing for memory impairment requires a face-to-face visit with a trained and experienced neuropsychologist. This approach can place a high burden on patients and reduce access to care.

Cogstate’s mission is to democratize brain health. We aim to build tools that allow anyone to take brain measurement into their own hands. Products like Lila, and others, are a core part of this mission.

Find out more about Cogstate’s work to promote Brain Health for All.

Supporting Early Alzheimer’s Disease Detection

Lila was developed as part of an award Cogstate received from the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation’s (ADDF) Diagnostics Accelerator (DxA) initiative, which is a partnership of funders including ADDF Co-Founder Leonard Lauder, Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, Mackenzie Scott, the Dolby family, and the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, among others. The group seeks to develop novel biomarkers for the early detection of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Lila is not yet available for public use. Cogstate plans to make Lila available in 2023. If you are interested in being an early pilot user, submit your details.