What is a cognitive prosthetic?

Have you ever heard the term cognitive prosthetic? Some people call it a “prosthetic for my brain” or “my external brain.”

A cognitive prosthetic, in the way we will use the term, refers to a smart device of some kind (e.g., smartphone, tablet, etc.) that can be used to help people with common cognitive-communication challenges such as those related to memory, organization, and executive functioning. I’m sure the idea of a cognitive prosthetic wasn’t the first thing on the minds of those who brought smart devices to the marketplace; however, the devices have opened up a whole new world for those living with cognitive challenges.