Cognitive Leap Affiliate Cogleap Child Attention and Emotional Health Center Debuts in China


Cogleap Child Attention and Emotional Health Center is launched in Shanghai: training children’s concentration and emotional management

From September 1st to 2nd, Cogleap Child Attention and Emotional Health Center from the United States was highly popular among the participating parents at the 2018 Shanghai Children’s Fair.


Cogleap Child Attention and Emotional Health Center (hereinafter referred to as “Cogleap”) was cofounded by Dr. Edward M. Hallowell, who has been teaching at Harvard Medical School for more than 20 years, and a worldwide attention authority expert. Cogleap focuses on increasing attention and emotional health of children aged 3-12. Cogleap exclusively introduces the global patented iLS brain training system to China, and cooperates with experts of neuroscience, psychology and engineering from Harvard University, Stanford University, and University of California San Francisco with an aim to let children focus better and grow up happier, to let parenting more evidence-based, effective and relaxed.

According to Cogleap experts, due to various reasons such as excessive exposure to digital electronic devices in modern society, lacking of proper exercise, and lacking of quality companion time caused by busy parents, many Chinese Children are less than ideal in their ability to focus and manage their emotions. A survey of more than 7,200 3-4 grade primary school students in more than 10 public primary schools in Guangzhou found that 15% of students had different levels of inattention and low emotional self-control. These children will be inattentive or hyperactive during class, be careless when doing homework, or not be able to control their emotions well, and easily conflict with classmates, resulting in poor learning habits, low learning efficiency, and poor interpersonal relationships.

In medicine, children’s attention deficit disorder (also known as ADHD, ADHD) is also getting more and more attention. In 2018, Dr. Tong Lian and colleagues of Fudan University published a study in the Scientific Reports, which first investigated the prevalence of ADHD in China and analyzed the impact of factors such as gender, age and socioeconomic level. The results showed that the overall prevalence of ADHD in children and adolescents in China was 6.3%, with male prevalence being higher than female, school-age children and adolescents higher than pre-school children, and rural areas higher than cities. China has the largest population of children with ADHD in the world.

From the perspective of evolutionary biology, children who are easily distracted are actually an indispensable part of the human gene pool. In the primitive society, these people can pay attention to the abnormal situation of the surrounding environment, always in a state of alertness. Not only that, children who are easily distracted are often very creative, passionate and have their unique talents. The classic book of Dr. Hallowell, co-founder of Cogleap, “Driven to Distraction” is the most popular attention book in the world. In this book, he first proposed the “Strength-based Approaches”, which emphasizes the belief and discovery of the child’s “advantage”, and the importance of true connection first with child. Only with such connection can parents help them manage the distraction, emotional fluctuations and other issues so that parents can truly explore the child’s talent, let them shine!

Cogleap adheres to Dr. Hallowell “advantage” concept, combining psychology, neuroscience, and innovative brain science and technology products to bring science-based, effective and comprehensive attention and emotional health solutions to Chinese children and parents for the first time.

At this exhibition, Cogleap displayed a patented technology product, Virtual classroom attention evaluation system, which is developed together with Professor Skip Rizzo of the University of Southern California Virtual Reality (VR) Medical Lab and Professor Jeremy Bailenson of the Human-Computer Interaction Virtual Reality Laboratory of Stanford University. The system uses innovative virtual reality and artificial intelligence algorithms. It takes only 13 minutes to test, and can generate comprehensive, scientific and objective attention assessment reports for children, and analyze the child’s attention characteristics in multiple dimensions. The system has previously been extensively tested at top US institutions such as Duke University School of Medicine.

At the exhibition, the system received strong attentions from parents. During the two-day exhibition, a total of hundreds of children fully experienced the evaluation system. Parents intuitively saw the child’s behavior in a high-fidelity simulation classroom environment. The teachers at the site also shared attention and emotional health knowledge for the parents, and invited parents to come onsite to Cogleap center to learn more about the assessment details.

At the exhibition, Cogleap also set up a fun brain science game zone, which is arranged according to different brain zones. Parents and children also learned neuroscience knowledge while participating in the game. Scientific knowledge has become one of the most popular interactive areas in the audience.

Mr. Chen Zhonghua, founder and CEO of Cogleap, also accepted an interview with the well-known children’s program “Haha Children” on Shanghai TV.

It is reported that the theory and system adopted by Cogleap have been used and validated by more than 500,000 children abroad in more than 90 countries and more than 9,000 institutions. Cogleap’s first center in China is located in the Hongqiao International School in Changning District, Shanghai. It was designed by a team of Taiwan designers who were responsible for the design of several of the world’s top ten high-rise buildings. Cogleap will also expand its stores in Beijing, Shanghai and other cities in the near future, and in the future develop online children’s attention and emotional health platform to serve more families.