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Commercial Partnerships: How Can CogniFit Enterprise Solutions Help Your Business?

For more than two decades, educators, medical professionals, and individuals have trusted the cognitive stimulation and brain training solutions from CogniFit. Now it’s possible for businesses to leverage this same trusted technology for use in enterprise solutions through our Commercial Partnerships.

How can Businesses Benefit from a Commercial Partnership with CogniFit?

Whether your business is looking to provide your current customers or employees with world-class cognitive assessments and training services from within your own technology ecosystem or you are planning to build a completely new solution that integrates some or all of CogniFit’s scientifically backed assessments, cognitive stimulation training programs, and engaging brain games, our enterprise solutions are here to help.

How Do Commercial Partners Integrate with CogniFit Technology?

Cognifit has enterprise integration options available for a range of business needs.

White-labeled Cognitive Assessment & Training

We can partner with a company to help them create or integrate custom-made digital brain health solutions with their current system. We have done it before for leading companies with products in sectors as diverse as Multiple Sclerosis Cognitive Training, Video Games Integration, Hearing Aids, Driving Schools, Pilots Assessments, Vitamins, and Nutrition.

This solution is ideal for smaller organizations or organizations with fewer technical resources, or for organizations who prefer to rely on the expertise of CogniFit when developing their solutions.

Fully Customized Integration of Our Cognitive Technology

For organizations who want to take a more hands-on approach to build solutions that integrate CogniFit cognitive stimulation technology have the option to use our powerful API. Using the CogniFit API, organizations can develop completely custom applications from the ground up.

In addition to this, CogniFit complies with the highest security and privacy standards (PCI, HIPAA, GDPR, CCPA, etc.) for personally identifiable information. All our environments are hosted in AWS secured private virtual cloud and all our data and server communications are encrypted, meaning you can rest assured that your users’ data is secure.

Some of our many satisfied Commercial Partners.

If you think your business could benefit from CogniFit’s enterprise solutions, learn more about them by visiting our Commercial Partnerships page,

CogniFit for Families: Test, Train, and Track Your Family’s Cognitive Skills

CogniFit has long been a favorite brain-training tool for thousands of users looking to boost their cognitive abilities. But did you know that CogniFit also offers a one-of-a-kind cognitive training platform specifically designed for families!?

The CogniFit Families platform allows families to enjoy all of the fantastic cognitive assessments and training activities offered by CogniFit with some great additional features designed specifically for families… So, go on, invite your kids, invite your parents, invite your third cousin on your mother’s side if you want, and enjoy the CogniFit Families platform the way it’s meant to be enjoyed: Together!

About the CogniFit Platform for Families

The CogniFit Families Platform

When you register for CogniFit Families, you will be able to access a special dashboard that will allow you to manage your Family account, connect or create accounts for family members, purchase and assign assessment and training licenses, and track the progress of each member of your family.

Adding Family Members, Assigning Tasks, & Tracking Their Progress

When you are ready to add a family member to your Family account, you will have the option of creating a new account for them or connecting an existing CogniFit account they already use.

Once a family member is connected to the Family account, you will be able to assign assessments and training programs to meet the needs of each individual family member.

As your family members complete assigned tasks, you will be able to view the results of the assessments and the progress each member has made with their training programs, all from one central location.

How Family Members Can Enjoy CogniFit

When a family member is ready to take an assessment or begin a training session, there are a couple of options for how they can perform these tasks: They can either sign into their personal account that has been connected to the Family account and start the activity just like normal, or they can begin the activity directly from the main dashboard of the CogniFit Families platform.

Family Members Can Access Assigned Tasks From Their Personal CogniFit Account…
…Or Directly From the CogniFit Families Platform.

This means that you can give family members who are old enough to have their own account, or those who live far away, the freedom to access their assessment and training tasks from their own devices. And you can help very young or elderly family members access their training and assessment tasks without the need for them to navigate their own individual accounts.

Flexibility and simplicity. The very best of both worlds.

For more information on how the CogniFit Families platform works, how to add and manage family members, and more, check out these useful articles in our FAQ section.

CogniFit Pro: Cognitive Health Solutions for Professionals

CogniFit’s professional platforms are an integral part of our digital cognitive and brain health technologies.

While most individual users likely know CogniFit has dozens of fun and exciting brain games to help them stimulate their cognitive abilities, they may not be aware that our assessment and training tools (and, yes, even our games) also are used by thousands of healthcare professionals, education professionals, and even researchers around the world.

We have created specialized platforms for our professional customers, customized for the specific needs of each type of user, that allows them to use CogniFit technology to test, train, and track the progress of their patients, students, and study participants.

What Makes the Professional Platforms Special?

While each of the three professional platforms is customized to the specific needs of each user group, they share several key features that make them stand apart from the CogniFit platform that our individual users are familiar with.

The CogniFit Professional platforms allow professional users to connect new or existing accounts for multiple individual users to their professional accounts. Once connected, the professional can assign assessments and training programs to individual users or group individual users into groups that will be assigned the same assessment or training plan. These groups make it easy for the professional to organize connected accounts into classrooms, demographic groups, or experimental and control groups, for example.

In addition to this, professional users can easily track the progress of the connected accounts, print out detailed results reports, or even download the raw data for further scientific analysis.

Who is CogniFit Pro for?

The CogniFit Professional platform comes in three versions: CogniFit for Healthcare Professionals, CogniFit for Schools and Teachers, and the Cognitive Research Platform. Let’s take a look at each:

CogniFit for Healthcare Professionals

The online platform for health professionals from CogniFit offers a selection of neuropsychological tests and standardized tools that allow for a complete cognitive screening of the patient. The information and results presented in the platform are highly valuable to the healthcare professional because they represent a reliable diagnostic resource.

CogniFit for Healthcare Professionals

This online cognitive test battery allows the doctor or other specialists to explore and understand how the different cognitive domains work in each patient.

  • Using a computerized neuropsychological exam, we are able to measure 20+ fundamental cognitive skills.
  • This assessment allows the professional to detect any deficit and score the severity of the cognitive alteration.
  • The platform for health professionals allows you to compare data to a set of references and create graphs and reports.
  • The neuropsychological assessment from CogniFit provides healthcare professionals with a highly valued tool to help identify and recognize determined disorders.
  • This tool allows you to monitor the each patient’s intervention and follow their rehabilitation.

CogniFit for Schools and Teachers

CogniFit Education Platform. Educational technology designed for schools and professionals interested in taking on developmental problems and exploring brain functions related to cognitive development in childhood and adolescence.

CogniFit for Schools and Teachers

This brain based learning platform designed for schools is a professional instrument created by specialists in child neuropsychology that may help educators without specialized training to analyze learning and childhood developmental processes. The brain based learning education platform from CogniFit is designed to help teachers in the following areas:

  • Develop each student’s potential: Learn about the brain processes implicated in learning and neurodevelopment.
  • Implement methodological and didactic improvements: Incorporate a base to the education process to help focus improvements in teaching and designing learning strategies. Enriching educational and vocational guidance.
  • Prevention of poor school performance: Find out which cognitive weaknesses may affect the child’s performance in school and learn how to properly handle the difficulty.

Cognitive Research Platform

Cognitive measurement and analysis tools specifically designed for researchers. The professional brain training and neuropsychological assessment platform was created to help researchers conduct studies in which cognitive analysis is essential.

Cognitive Research Platform
  • CLINICAL Tools for Researchers: Get access to a number of measurement and analysis instruments to assess cognitive function. Whatever the specialization, this digital platform will save you time, making it quicker for the professional and more comfortable for the patient. The platform makes it simple to collect, manage, and analyze the received data, as well as manage participants and track the measurement of their cognitive functions.
  • DIGITAL Health: Perform experimental studies about the effects of cognitive stimulation with computerized programs (brain training). Carry out research to train specific cognitive domains: The CogniFit programs assess and train a wide range of cognitive skills. You will be able to monitor a range of cognitive problems.
  • COGNITIVE Research: This tool is designed specifically to allow the researcher to personalize and adapt this neuropsychological assessment instrument and closely follow the participant’s cognitive skills and evolution.
  • Digital Cognitive Assessments Batteries: Each neuropsychological assessment battery is intended for use as a regular screening tool to track subtle cognitive deficiencies. The cognitive tests allow physicians to design and monitor each patient’s intervention and cognitive rehabilitation process.
  • Digital Cognitive Training Programs: Patented brain training program methodology designed to measure, train, track, and monitor 23 cognitive skills we use in our daily lives. Help stimulate cognitive functions and improve brain plasticity. Based on AI and advanced adaptive algorithms the system automatically adapts the training to the needs of each user. Placebo digital training for the control groups

The CogniFit API: Helping Our Partners Leverage the Power of CogniFit

One of CogniFit’s top priorities is to reach and bring the benefits of our cognitive solutions to as many people as possible and our API represents a giant leap forward in our ability to do just that.

You may have noticed several of our recent posts about the exciting partnerships with organizations in such diverse markets as telehealth, hearing care, and even video games, and wondered how this all worked.

The short answer is that these partners, and more, have been able to tap into our powerful API to create these unique solutions for their respective audiences that leverage the power of CogniFit’s leading cognitive technology and expertise to add even more value to the portfolio of products and services they provide.

For the longer answer, let’s take a look at what an API is, how they work, and what the CogniFit API can do for our partners.

What is an API?

An API, or Application Programming Interface, is a type of software interface that facilitates the connection and transfer of information and instructions between two often unrelated computer programs.

This might sound a bit confusing, but it might help to think of it like this:

Imagine that you are hungry and decide to go to a restaurant. At the restaurant, you look at the menu and order a hamburger with extra cheese and no sauce.

Now imagine you are a computer program that needs information from another program. In this instance, instead of using a menu, you would use an API. Makes more sense now, right?

Why do we use APIs?

If we think back to the previous example of the menu at the restaurant, we can see several good examples of why APIs are so useful.

The first would be that it presents the available content in an organized way, you might have sections based on the type of food or drink or whether it is for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The same is true with an API. When a partner accesses our API, they will have access to complete documentation that organizes everything they need to integrate with our technology into easy-to-understand sections so they can find what they need quickly.

Another example from the restaurant would be that a hungry diner using a menu doesn’t have to physically go into the kitchen to see what food is available and they don’t have to cook the meal themselves. Similarly, with an API, developers at partner companies don’t need to go through our code and try to recreate everything from scratch—everything comes fully prepared and ready to eat use in their programs.

A third, and very important, example is that the menu helps to separate the diners from the kitchen, reducing any chance that poor hygiene, undercooked chicken, or slippery floors may cause damage to the diners, the restaurant, or anyone else. This is also true with an API. By separating the end-user from the source material and data, we are able better protect everyone from loss of data, unapproved or accidental access to secure information, and are better able to control and monitor our own environment, ensuring a cleaner, safer, and more secure experience for everyone involved.

What can partners do with the CogniFit API?

The CogniFit API lets partners create a streamlined user experience.

Our API gives our commercial partners a streamlined, secure, and flexible way to provide digital cognitive solutions to their clients, customers, members, or even employees.

As the digital foundation of our enterprise solutions, our API allows our partners to integrate custom digital brain-health solutions into their current systems or build a brand-new digital health solution from scratch.

For more information about our enterprise solutions, visit our Commercial Partnerships page.

3D Art Puzzle: A Unique Puzzle for Training Perception and Memory

We are proud to announce our newest brain game, 3D Art Puzzle. A game that is as gorgeous as it is engaging and fun to play while you train some of your most important cognitive abilities!

About the game

The main goal of 3D Art Puzzle is to move a collection of geometric shapes within a 360-degree space until you encounter the image hidden in the shapes. There are many different levels with varying difficulties with increasing complexity of colors and shapes.

But don’t let the simplicity of the game fool you. Though the first few levels present you with collections of shapes that aren’t very complex, consisting of only a handful of shapes and a few colors, the game can become a fun challenge for even the most advanced puzzle master in the later levels!

How to play the game

When you first start each level, you will see what appear to be random shapes of various colors.

But as you move the group of geometric shapes up and down or left and right around a central axis, you may begin to see the image hidden in the shapes.

As you move the shapes and understand how they sit in relation to one another, you may begin to notice patterns in how they are placed which can help you to find the final image.

The aim of the game is to complete the 3D Art Puzzle accurately.
As you level up, the pieces will become more complicated with different color gradients, making the pattern harder to recognize.
The images and 3D Art Puzzle pieces will increase in difficulty as you advance.

The science behind the game

3D Art Puzzles is a brain game that requires the user to move an unfamiliar object in a 3D space to discover the image hidden in the shape. This exciting game helps stimulate the cognitive abilities related to Visual Perception, Spatial Perception, and Working Memory.

Visual Perception

Visual Perception refers to our ability to interpret the information that we receive from our surroundings through our eyes. This ability to interpret information depends on our particular cognitive processes and prior knowledge. The result of this information being interpreted and received by the brain is what allows us to see, understand, and react to our environment based on visual cues and stimulation.

Being able to read this text might seem like a simple process. We look at the letters and are able to make sense of the words. It seems simple, but it’s actually an extremely complex process that uses a number of brain structures specialized in visual perception and the different sub-components of vision:

  • Photoreception: The light rays reach our eyes through the pupils and activate the receptor cells in the retina.
  • Transmission and Basic Processing: The signals made by these cells are transmitted through the optic nerve toward the brain. It first goes through the optic chiasma (where the optic nerves cross, making the information received from the right field of vision go to the left hemisphere, and information received from the left field of vision go to the right hemisphere), and is then relayed to the lateral geniculate nucleus of the thalamus.
  • Understanding and Responding: Finally, the visual information that our eyes receive is sent to the visual cortex in the occipital lobe where it is decoded by our brain, allowing us to understand the visual information and react to it.

Spatial Perception

Spatial Perception is the ability to be aware of our relationship to both the environment around us (exteroceptive processes) and with our own physical self (interoceptive processes). While this may all sound quite complex, it really comes down to this: Spatial Perception is what allows us to understand our environment and where we are within it.

Spatial awareness is made up of two processes, the exteroceptive processes, which create representations about our space through feelings, and interoceptive processes, which create representations about our body, such as its position or orientation.

  • If you have ever tried parking your car and when you saw a spot wondered “is that spot big enough for my car to fit?”, you were using the exteroceptive process to understand and evaluate your environment.
  • If you have ever been walking along the sidewalk and effortlessly walked up a few stairs without really thinking about it, you were using the interoceptive process to understand the position of your feet and raise them at the correct moment.
  • If you have ever walked into your kitchen and smashed your little toe on the kitchen table, then you have experienced what it is like when your exteroceptive and interoceptive processes don’t work as well as they should.

Spatial Perception is what allows us to complete complex tasks such as drawing, driving, or playing sports without going outside of the lines.

Working Memory

Working Memory, or operative memory, can be defined as the set of processes that allow us to store and manipulate temporary information and carry out complex cognitive tasks like language comprehension, reading, learning, or reasoning. Working memory is a type of short-term memory. Working memory refers to the ability that allows us to retain the elements that we need in our brain while we carry out a certain task.

Are you ready to test your Perception and Memory skills and stimulate your cognitive abilities?

We hope you enjoy our newest cognitive stimulation brain game and would love to hear your thoughts on this or any of our other games in the comments!

And don’t forget to keep an eye out for the next exciting game, due out next month!

CogniFit Partners with Sonova’s Audiological Care Business to Build Digital Solutions for Customers with Hearing Loss

August 05, 2021 — CogniFit Inc. (CogniFit), has entered into a partnership with the Audiological Care business of the Sonova Group—a leading provider of innovative hearing care solutions based in Switzerland. With its Audiological Care business Sonova assures exceptional and state-of-the-art audiological care for our customers, presented in a modern, attractive environment and backed by the highest technological standards in hearing aids and in-store diagnostic and fitting equipment.

The partnership will see Sonova Audiological Care leverage CogniFit’s leading cognitive technology and expertise to build a unique, next-gen digital solution that supports individuals with hearing impairment to train the cognitive skills that are essential for understanding speech and maintaining overall cognitive agility.

Carlos Rodriguez, CEO of CogniFit said of the partnership: “We are truly excited to be a part of this innovative project and to have the opportunity to work alongside Sonova’s Audiological Care business and help improve the lives of people by building a more integrated approach to audiological care solutions.”

When asked about the partnership with CogniFit, Dr. sc. Martin Kirchberger, Director of Clinical Deployment Europe at Sonova Group, shared this sentiment, saying: “At Sonova and with our Audiological Care business, we are continually pushing to elevate our health service offerings for our consumers.  Our partnership with CogniFit creates the unique opportunity to address hearing loss more holistically. We hear with our ears, and we understand with our brains. We now have a fantastic auditory-cognitive training tool in our offering thanks to a wonderful collaboration with CogniFit.”

A new digital audiological care solution from Sonova, powered by CogniFit. Photo by Marcus Aurelius from Pexels

Who Is Sonova?

 Sonova operates through its core business brands Phonak, Unitron, Hansaton, Advanced Bionics, and the brands of the Audiological Care business, e.g. AudioNova, Geers, Boots Hearing Care, Connect Hearing, and Lapperre. Sonova offers its customers one of the most comprehensive product portfolios in the industry – from hearing instruments to cochlear implants to wireless communication solutions.

Founded in 1947, the Group has a workforce of over 14,000 dedicated employees. Across all businesses, and by supporting the Hear the World Foundation, Sonova pursues its vision of a world where everyone enjoys the delight of hearing and therefore lives a life without limitations.

Cognitive Training and Audiological Care

Age-related hearing loss is very common in our society. About half of the population over the age of 65 years and up to 90% of individuals over the age of 80 years are affected by ARHL (Cruickshanks, Zhan, & Zhong, 2010; Lin, Niparko, & Ferrucci, 2011). Speech understanding not only involves the auditory perception of sounds but also relies on cognitive functions (Lemke & Scherpiet, 2015).

With age, changes in cognition such as a decline in performance on cognitive tasks that involve quick processing of information, inhibiting interfering information, or holding and manipulating recently received information to make a decision, occur.

Dr. sc. Maren Stropahl, Expert for Audiological Health Services at Sonova, sums up the importance of this approach, saying “As the prevalence of age-related hearing loss increases with the aging society and as hearing loss often comes with comorbidities, it is becoming clear that integrated services are going to play a key role in holistic audiological care. If we want the best outcomes for older individuals we will need to focus on the full range of physical, cognitive, and social health outcomes; This partnership represents a big step in that direction.”

How Is Sonova’s Audiological Care business integrating CogniFit Technology in their next generation of audiological services?

Sonova’s Audiological Care business will develop a unique companion app to accompany their audiological solutions for customers with age-related hearing loss.

This app uses CogniFit’s powerful API to integrate assessment, training, and monitoring technology into the Sonova ecosystem resulting in a simple and intuitive user experience.

How the App Works:

Upon completing the registration process in the app, the user will take an initial evaluation, lasting roughly 10 minutes, that assesses the user’s baseline scores across a number of core cognitive skills such as Focused Attention, Phonological Short-Term Memory, Divided Attention, Working Memory, and Auditory Perception which is needed to personalize the training.

These scores, calculated on a scale from 0-800, represent the individual’s performance compared to other individuals in the same demographic group; a score of 400 represents the average score for all individuals in the group.

Based on the results of this initial evaluation, a personalized training program is generated for the user. The training program includes a series of scientifically backed cognitive stimulation tasks, presented in the form of fun and engaging video games, each of which focuses on one or more of the associated cognitive skills.

The training program uses CogniFit’s patented algorithms to automatically adjust the difficulty of the cognitive stimulation tasks to provide each user with a challenging, yet balanced training experience.

As the user progresses through their training, they will be able to track the evolution of their cognitive skills over time through a simple dashboard from within the app.

By pairing traditional hearing solutions with this cognitive training companion app, Sonova’s Audiological Care business is able to extend their portfolio of offerings and provide a more comprehensive audiological service to their clients.

When Will This Next-Gen Audiological Solution Be Available?

The partnership roadmap plans for a first MVP product release before the end of 2021 and continues product updates during the next 24 months. During this first phase, Sonova’s Audiological Care business will roll out this new solution through their subsidiary brands in four key markets: Austria, Australia, The Netherlands, and Canada and the solution will be available in German, Dutch, and English.

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Happy Hopper: A Challenging Game for Training Response Time

Summer is in full swing, which means plenty of fun in the sun, family barbecues, and… frog jumping??? Well, if that last one wasn’t on your summer bucket list, you may want to think about adding it to the list! Our newest cognitive stimulation game is fun, exciting, and a great way to get some sweet revenge on those pesky flies that kept buzzing around your most recent picnic!

We are proud to announce Happy Hopper, a fun and challenging cognitive stimulation game that is sure to have you jumping with joy while you train some of your most important cognitive abilities!

About the game

New Brain Game: Happy Hopper

In Happy Hopper, you have to help our froggy friend reach the cloud of flies by jumping on the stones, all while avoiding obstacles.

This game has been designed to stimulate our response time by having us help the frog jump on top of fast-moving stones. Like all of CogniFit’s games, the difficulty of Happy Hopper adapts according to the level of the user, so it is suitable for everyone from 7 years old and up. This makes Happy Hopper the perfect choice for those who want to stimulate their mind and help strengthen cognitive skills.

How to play the game

The concept of the game is fairly straightforward. The player must jump on top of moving platforms in order to reach a swarm of flies at the top of the level. With each new stone, stump, or grass-covered platform that the frog jumps on, he reaches higher up the level, and closer to those tasty flies.

Happy Hopper Instructions

However, things aren’t always as easy as they seem: the platforms move quickly, and some even have cracks in them and will break if the frog lands on them too many times.

In addition, there are other obstacles that might block your progress up the level.

  • Diving Birds: These birds fly at an angle and try to hit the frog. Though they fly quite slowly, they can still be dangerous.
  • Flapping Bats: These bats come at the frog in much the same way as the bird, but they are much faster and more difficult to avoid.
  • Moss-Covered Platforms: Not all platforms are safe for the frog. Sometimes you will see rocks and logs covered in green moss. While they may look just like the others, if the frog lands on one of these they will lose a life.

The frog starts each level with three lives, shown as little hearts in the corner of the screen. Each time the frog is hit by a platform or by an obstacle, they lose one life. Upon losing all lives, the frog will start over at the beginning of the level.

The aim of the game is to reach the cloud of flies by jumping on the stones.
As each level increases, you will have to avoid the different obstacles.
You must try to jump as fast as possible and decide if you should jump higher when the obstacle is bigger.

The science behind the game

Happy Hopper is a brain game that requires the user to time their jumps in order to land safely on each platform and climb as high as possible. This exciting game helps stimulate the cognitive abilities related to Response Time, Estimation, and Inhibition.

Response Time

Response Time, also known as reaction time, refers to the amount of time that takes places between when we perceive something to when we respond to it. It is the ability to detect, process, and respond to a stimulus.

Our ability to appropriately respond to stimuli in a timely and efficient manner depends on many factors, including our ability to perceive, process, and respond to the situation at hand.

  • Perception: Seeing, hearing, or feeling a stimulus with certainty is essential to having good reaction time. When the starter shoots the gun at the beginning of a race, the sound is received by the athlete’s ears (they perceive the stimulus).
  • Processing: In order to have good reaction time, it’s necessary to be focused and understand the information well. Following the previous example, the runners, after hearing the gun, will be able to distinguish the sound from other background noise and know that it is time to start running (process the stimulus).
  • Response: Motor agility is necessary in order to be able to act and have good response time. When the runners perceived and correctly processes the signal, they started moving their legs (respond to the stimulus).

Estimation

Estimation is one of our most important neuropsychological functions, as many of our daily activities depend on our ability to estimate speed, distance, or time. Estimation could be thought of as the mental process that allows predicting an appropriate response based on incomplete knowledge.

Estimation allows us to predict an object’s future location based on its current speed, distance, and time. The brain processes the information that your eyes receive and determines what will happen as well as when and how to react quickly.

We also use our estimation ability in perceptive thought processes. Once the brain has decided what information from your surroundings it’s going to process, it evaluates and estimates its distance, speed, etc. In order to accurately process the information you receive and make an estimation, you need to use past experiences as a reference for what might happen in that specific situation. Using real-life previous situations will help ensure that you make an informed estimation about what might happen.

Inhibition

Inhibition is the ability to control impulsive or automatic responses and create measured responses by using attention and reasoning.

This cognitive ability is one of our Executive Functions and contributes to anticipation, planning, and goal setting. Inhibition, also known as inhibitory control, blocks behaviors and stops inappropriate automatic reactions, allowing us to replace an undesired, automatic response for a better, more thought-out response adapted to the situation.

Some examples of how we use inhibition in our daily lives are:

  • If you get bitten by a mosquito, it’s normal to want to scratch yourself to relieve the itch. People with good inhibitory control will be able to keep themselves from scratching the bug bite, even though it itches. Poor inhibitory control may make it difficult to resist scratching the itch, causing the bug bite to bleed and scab.
  • If you’re having dinner with your family and your brother-in-law (who you don’t like very much) says one annoying thing after another, you might have a hard time keeping yourself from saying something to him. However, if you have good inhibitory control, you’ll be able to control yourself and keep calm. If you have poor inhibitory control, you risk ruining the dinner.
  • It’s common to see situations at an office where employees find themselves automatically doing things that are distracting them from their job, like looking at their phone, talking to colleagues, or investing time in worrying about personal activities. If an employee has good inhibitory control, they will be more efficient workers.

Are you ready to test your Response Time and stimulate your cognitive abilities?

We hope you enjoy our newest cognitive stimulation brain game and would love to hear your thoughts on this or any of our other games in the comments!

And don’t forget to keep an eye out for the next exciting game, due out next month!

Integrating CogniFit Tools into The WeShareCare Platform from Lighthouse Disruptive Innovation Group

CogniFit is excited to announce another major partnership, leveraging our powerful API to integrate with the WeShareCare platform from Lighthouse Disruptive Innovation Group. Work has already begun on the integration partnership and we expect to see the integration go live during Q3 of this year!

Who is Lighthouse Disruptive Innovation Group?

Lighthouse DIG is a Boston-based team dedicated to discovering unique business opportunities and developing them from the seeds of an idea until they are a fruitful operation. They work with companies “to define, test, and validate new business opportunities through B2B collaborations, world-class academia, and cutting-edge startups”. Lighthouse DIG strives to elevate business development teams, enhance innovation through disruptive technology transfer, and expand return on investment by leveraging unique business expertise.

One of the most exciting ventures to come from the Lighthouse group is the WeShareCare platform, a continuous care platform based on cutting-edge AI technology.

 

What is the WeShareCare Platform?

The WeShareCare platform gives users a feeling of connection and confidence by providing real-time communication with caregivers, while also providing a flexible, easy to use integrated technologies to improve their well-being status.

WeShareCare helps users monitor their state of wellbeing and connects them through a conversation with a caregiver, specialized or not, to complete this monitoring. In the conversation, they can ask the user about things such as the quality of their rest, nutrition, or exercise, and gather indicative values that will help the caregivers to monitor the user on their continuity care journey.

The WeShareCare App from Lighthouse DIG.

Without an appointment, users can connect to WeShareCare and start to perform ongoing care of their wellness status. WeShareCare is not a telemedicine platform, and caregivers do not make diagnoses, but they are there to give helpful and supportive suggestions to help improve people’s state of wellbeing.

The WeShareCare platform aims to provide a comprehensive continuous care solution and includes offerings for nutrition, chronic pain management, cognitive wellbeing, and more—and is open to users worldwide with caregiver follow-ups available 24/7.

How Does the WeShareCare Platform Leverage CogniFit Technology?

The WeShareCare platform provides a unique hybrid solution for continuous care—connecting users with human caregivers through a peer-to-peer network and providing a holistic suite of technological tools for monitoring and improving their wellness outcomes.

As part of a group of over a dozen leading technology and scientific partners involved in the WeShareCare platform, CogniFit’s patented neuropsychological exploration and brain stimulation tools play a key role in a holistic suite of digital wellness tools available to users.

To learn more about how WeShareCare is using CogniFit as part of their integrated solution, please contact info@we-sharecare.com

CogniFit Tools are Helping Itaca Group Treat Patients and Train Future Psychologists

CogniFit is proud to form a part of the trusted cognitive evaluation and treatment toolbox used by Itaca Group, a leading network of psychology practitioners based in Cordoba in the south of Spain.

The Itaca Group works with many of the top neuropsychological companies to provide their patients with first-rate counseling and mental health services, incorporating cutting-edge technologies such as Virtual Reality for Therapeutic Interventions and a full range of cognitive tools based on the latest in neuropsychological Research & Development.

In addition to this, Itaca Group is heavily involved with multiple university programs. Not only does this academic collaboration mean that Itaca is helping to train the next generation of graduate and postgraduate students, but also that the professionals who make the Itaca group such a fantastic healthcare option are always at the forefront of neuropsychological knowledge and best practices.

Itaca Psychology and Language

How Is Itaca Group Leveraging CogniFit’s Cognitive Tools for their Patients?

The Itaca Psychology and Language centers, which provide professional early childhood, adolescent, and adult neuropsychology care services, have chosen CogniFit tools as part of their holistic initial patient screening and evaluation process, which incorporates multiple psychological evaluation tools to understand each patient’s unique psychological profile and needs, and to generate an initial baseline report based on the patient’s neuropsychological profile.

Once the report has been created, the team of professionals at Itaca are able to design a personalized intervention program for each client, using a broad set of tools including CogniFit’s cognitive training solutions to build the best treatment for each individual.

How Itaca Group Uses CogniFit Tools to Train the Next Generation of Counselors

In addition to providing their patients with best-in-class counseling services built on modern professional psychology practices, Itaca Group is also actively involved in guiding the future of mental health counseling through their many partnerships with universities and research institutions.

As part of this focus on developing the next generation of psychology professionals, the Itaca Group has created Itaca Formacion¸ a professional development and training center which offers high-quality online and in-person post-graduate courses designed to provide unique learning experiences based on the latest scientific theories and cognitive tools.

Itaca Group has chosen to include CogniFit’s assessment and training software in these courses as one of the examples of the high-quality cognitive tools available for mental-health practitioners to incorporate into their professional activities.

It is truly an honor to be involved with this program, which allows us to collaborate with Itaca Group and share our cognitive tools with their students.

Being able to work with organizations at the forefront of neuropsychology treatment is always exciting. But, especially so with Itaca Group, whose dedication to a modern approach to mental health treatment goes beyond simply helping those patients they have today, but also to training the healthcare professionals of the future so they can provide an even greater treatment for the patients they will have tomorrow.

If you have any questions or comments please let us know in the comments below!

CogniFit is Excited to Join wellyou as Part of ‘The World’s Largest Scavenger Hunt’

An exciting scavenger hunt from wellyou

When we heard about wellyou and their worldwide scavenger hunt event and all the ways it could help people build some of the healthy habits they might have lost over the past year and a half, we knew we had to be a part of it!

CogniFit has always been focused on providing tools to help our users boost their cognitive health. But for each of us to live our healthiest, happiest life requires more than just a strong mind; it requires a holistic approach including mental, physical, social, and even spiritual wellbeing.

As we begin to emerge from the depths of the most severe pandemics in over a century, we are forced to deal with the adverse effects it has had on our overall mental and physical health. To overcome the effects that isolation due to quarantines, social distancing, and working or studying from home has had on our lives, it is more important than ever to find safe and effective ways to focus on our overall health.

Who is wellyou, and What is The Global Scavenger Hunt?

wellyou is a Berlin-based startup with the goal “to make the world a happier place by providing people with the tools they need to increase their physical, mental, and social wellbeing.” The team behind wellyou believes that each and every one of us has the potential to live happier, healthier, and more compassionate lives if we put in the necessary work. And, like us here at CogniFit, the wellyou team is looking to provide the tools to help everyone build that happier, healthier life.

wellyou has organized a worldwide scavenger hunt to help people break out of the bad routines we might have developed during the hard times we all went through over the past year and a half; habits like the delicious but not entirely waistline-friendly homemade bread habit I’ve been enjoying; or how it has become so easy to spend all my free time at home watching movies when I know it would be better for my mental health to step back out of my comfy comfort zone and get out and socialize.

The scavenger hunt will take place over 3 weeks across more than 1,500 cities around the globe, and participants will have the opportunity to partake in challenges that do good for themselves and others.

Using the wellyou scavenger web app, participants will be able to locate three different sites in their city where they will be challenged to do something to benefit their physical, mental, or social health.

On top of that, there will be a raffle at the end of each day of the scavenger hunt amongst the participants who completed all three of the challenges for a chance to win a prize.

So, if, like me, you have developed some less-than-healthy routines over the course of the coronavirus pandemic, routines in which you may have neglected your physical, mental, or social health, the wellyou scavenger hunt might be the perfect opportunity to break some of those bad habits and start working towards rebuilding towards a happy and healthy life!

How is CogniFit Supporting This Unique Scavenger Hunt?

At CogniFit, we are always looking for new and exciting ways to bring our products to an even bigger audience. But equally as important, we are always looking for ways to team up with outstanding partners who can help our current and future users on their wellness journey—which is why CogniFit is so excited to partner with wellyou for their global scavenger hunt event.

As a Sponsor of the scavenger hunt event, we are proud to be offering subscriptions to our world-renowned cognitive assessment and training platform as a prize for lucky winners of the scavenger hunt events, giving access to exciting games, tests, and training activities to help participants continue building healthy habits even after the scavenger hunt has ended.

But the scavenger hunt is just the beginning for wellyou. They are building a science-based program to help users continue working on their overall wellbeing all year round.

They are working hard to make it happen, but they need the help of the community to make this vision come true. For more information, read about their crowdfunding campaign to learn more about the company and what you can do to help.

CogniFit Launches Innovative Video Coach Feature for Brain Training

Building and maintaining good habits can be difficult, which is why CogniFit has added Video Coaches to our brain training programs to help keep you motivated.

We took the traditional cognitive training model and added features to help you stay on track, help you understand the activities and how they are helping, and to help you feel like you have the support you need to keep training and build strong cognitive habits.

What is Video Coaching from CogniFit?

Think of it as having a personal trainer for your cognitive abilities. We have recorded hundreds of unique videos across our most important cognitive skills to help users feel more confident and more connected to their training. Our group of expert trainers provide unique insights and pointers on how to make the most of your training, how to stay motivated, and how to boost your cognitive skills.

We have built a talented production team and a brand-new studio at our main offices which allow us to produce high-quality content for our users. But the decision to build an in-house production studio not only gives us the ability to create normally scheduled content, but also to create unique specialty content with guest coaches as well as to quickly adapt our content as we receive feedback from the community.

We will launch the program with two fantastic Video Coach trainers, Brendan and Cristina, who will help our English-speaking users to reach their cognitive fitness goals.

Let’s take a moment to meet our video coach trainers

Brendan

CogniFit Video Coach – Brendan

Brendan, originally from London, is trained in a range of disciplines spanning the breadth of human wellbeing. After studying Psychology and Philosophy in university, Brendan went on to study Neurolinguistic Programming, reaching the level of master practitioner, and even helps train others in this field as an NLP coach.

In addition to these mentally focused areas of wellness, Brendan has also dedicated much of his time to physical aspects of wellbeing such as yoga, which he has practiced for over 30 years.

He has also focused on sharing his holistic view of health, giving courses in self-development, meditation (including Zazen and Japa), and Qigong.

He is excited about the video coach program at CogniFit, saying “many cognitive training tools seem ‘cold.’ The addition of video coaches makes users not feel alone. It feels like a community. With dedicated instructors, users can understand their progress, and the interactive elements help users to feel like they are part of a community.”

Cristina

CogniFit Video Coach – Cristina

Our other fantastic video coach, Cristina, was born in Spain and raised in London. Her coaching style is based on neuro-performance training, a method of brain-based coaching that combines various psychological and behavioral models from pioneers in the field of neuroscience.

Neuro-performance coaching involves techniques and toolkits based in science which aim to improve overall wellbeing of the individual.

Cristina, like Brendan, is also trained in Neurolinguistic Programing, studying under co-creators John Grinder, Carmen Bostic St. Clair, and Michael Carroll. She has a degree in psychology and natural medicine as well.

Cristina recently returned to Madrid, Spain to manage a virtual coaching and healing practice which can be found at www.cristinalopez.co.

She is passionate about helping CogniFit players understand the mind-body conditioning process to gain insight into how the brain works. She believes understanding the mind and body with spiritual awareness is the root of all healing.

She is excited not only for the launch of the video coach program but for the future of CogniFit in general and has become a valuable member of the team even beyond her role as video coach, helping our marketing teams spread awareness of the brand.

What’s Next for Video Coach?

As the video coach program grows, CogniFit will continue to release new videos every week, and we plan to add additional languages very soon, so that we can reach as many users as possible with this exciting new brain training tool.

We hope to expand the idea to make all of our users feel motivated and part of a brain training community.

Conclusion

We look forward to seeing how our fans enjoy this exciting new feature. If you have any comments or questions feel free to leave a comment below.

The EpiCog Project: Understanding the Benefits of Cognitive Training for Patients with Epilepsy

CogniFit is excited to announce that our cognitive evaluation tools have been used as part of a promising new scientific study in Epilepsy. The EpiCog project was carried out by The ApoyoDravet Association, the Center for Cognitive Science of Nebrija University, and the company Impulso Cognitivo S.L., an organization dedicated to the development of tools for cognitive profiling of people with and without typical development.

The research team utilized tools developed by CogniFit Inc., to develop a research project to explore the benefits of precision cognitive training for the improvement of skills associated with executive functions in adults with different forms of epilepsy.

EpiCog Epilepsy Research project. Photo by HalGatewood.com on Unsplash

About The EPICOG Project

The EpiCog project began its scientific actions in December 2020 after a recruitment of interested people through different platforms and social units related to epilepsy and Dravet syndrome, thanks to the main impulse of the ApoyoDravet Association and, especially, of its Executive Director, Luismi Aras.

The initial selection of the sample that would participate in the blind randomized controlled trial began a scientific project led by Jon Andoni Duñabeitia, Director of the Center for Cognitive Science at Nebrija University, in which a research strategy was designed that would allow evaluating the benefits of cognitive training in a period of 4 months.

For this, and thanks to the agreement with the company Impulso Cognitivo S.L., chronometric tests were developed to assess the cognitive abilities associated with executive functions (specifically inhibition, working memory and cognitive flexibility) before and after the proposed interventions.

These psychometric tests were created after a thorough process of analysis of the scientific literature on the most affected cognitive processes in people with epilepsy and were used as pretest and posttest measures.

How was the Research Carried Out?

After completing the initial evaluation tests, the participants began an 8-week period of cognitive intervention through the tools of the company CogniFit Inc., thanks to the commitment acquired through its CEO, Carlos Rodríguez, with the EpiCog research project for the improvement of the cognitive health of people with epilepsy.

Participants had free access to the training platform that CogniFit Inc. expressly designed for this project, thus being able to complete a two-month cycle of cognitive stimulation through different game-like challenges to train the most compromised cognitive abilities in the condition.

Each participant had the opportunity to train 3 or 4 sessions per week through digital devices such as computers, tablets or smartphones.

At the end of the training phase, all the participants who had shown good adherence to the intervention again completed the battery of psychometric tests developed by Impulso Cognitivo S.L. and Nebrija University, thus allowing a general assessment of the improvements obtained, as well as a precise evaluation of the cognitive components on which the greatest impact was observed.

Results of the EPICOG Project

In general terms, the results of the EpiCog project showed a particularly good adherence of the participants to the cognitive stimulation process, and a quantitative improvement in the skills associated with executive functions, especially in components of precision and speed of response.

These results will be presented and discussed in depth at the opening table of the third International Congress on Dravet Syndrome and Refractory Epilepsy that will take place between June 17 and 20, 2021: https://www.epibilbao.com/

Conclusion

We are excited to learn more about the results and potential next steps based on these findings and look forward to continuing to support research into the ways cognitive stimulation training can be used to benefit the scientific and medical communities.

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know in the comments section below.

How CogniFit is Helping Playwing Expand Their Core Business Model

CogniFit is excited to announce a unique partnership with Playwing, a young startup with connections to some of the biggest names in the video game industry.

Playwing is partnering with CogniFit

According to Carlos Rodriguez, CogniFit CEO, this project is “an exciting example of the power of CogniFit’s API, which has enabled Playwing to prototype, produce an MVP (Minimum Viable Product), and begin development on a fully scalable, commercial-grade, white-labeled platform that is introducing a brand-new market segment to CogniFit’s brain training technology—all in a matter of weeks.”

Who is Playwing?

Playwing is a gaming developer and publisher company focused on multiplayer, crossplatform and crossplay games, privately owned by the founders of Ubisoft. Founded in 2017 and leveraging their connections with gaming heavyweight Ubisoft, the founders quickly built a successful portfolio of mobile titles purchasable through a proprietary mobile app store and monetized their offerings through a uniquely modern revenue model known as Direct Carrier Billing, which allows users to acquire games and in-app purchases through their mobile telephone service providers, streamlining the purchasing process and removing unnecessary payment intermediaries.

As the company grew, they began to explore whether the business model which they had created and refined in the mobile games space could also function across other product categories. It wasn’t long before Playwing found success with this strategy, with the release of a sports-focused mobile app portal known as 100% Sports, which allows users to access on-demand video and mobile content about their favorite sports teams, including unique, premium content.

The company has also created a magazine reader app, known as Kiosk, providing further proof of the viability of this business model. Building on the success of these new ventures, Playwing began looking for additional verticals where they could create unique mobile stores to continue to expand their core business model. And this is where CogniFit is playing a unique role in the story of this startup.

About the Playwing Partnership

The new Playwing platform with CogniFit integration.

CogniFit has been a leader in the cognitive stimulation and brain training segment for years, providing users with engaging and impactful brain games and cognitive assessment through our desktop and mobile platforms for consumers and providing a range of professional tools for medical professionals, researchers, and educators.

Playwing has proven to be successful at building engaged communities of gamers, sports fans, and readers, and saw the CogniFit API as a unique opportunity to create a new platform for their users to enjoy.

The project has seen Playwing connect to CogniFit’s library of cognitive stimulation activities through our API (Application Programming Interface), which allows software developers to quickly and easily leverage the cognitive stimulation expertise of CogniFit to create their own software, apps, or platforms.

The new platform that Playwing is developing—which will have a completely customized UX/UI and frontend design, making it more appealing to Playwing’s target audience—is scheduled for release later this year, with a limited single-country soft launch planned for Q3 2021 with a wider release shortly after.

What’s Next?

Having seen how cool the early designs and preproduction versions are looking, I can tell you that this is going to be an exciting project to watch.

While we are all eagerly anticipating the final product later this year, why not take a moment to leave comment below and let us know if you have any questions or comments!

Candy Line Up: A Fun Way to Train Working Memory

Are you ready to try out our sweetest brain game yet? The developers must have been dreaming of working in a candy factory when they began planning this brain game, designed to give our users a fun and engaging way to train some of the most commonly used cognitive abilities!

We are proud to announce Candy Line Up, a cognitive stimulation game that is so sweet we feel the need to remind you: THIS GAME IS, IN FACT, SUGAR FREE, HAS ZERO CARBS, AND PROBABLY WON’T CAUSE CAVITIES.

About the game

Candy Line Up: CogniFit’s Newest Brain Game

Candy Line Up is a fun and relaxing way to stimulate the brain by organizing different types of candy into their respective packaging. Each tube should have a single type of candy, and you can gain points by filling a tube all the way up.

But just when you think you’ve got the hang of it, the game gets a bit more complex, adding unique modifiers to certain tubes. These modifiers could mean that certain candies can’t be placed inside of certain tubes (no one wants to mix those lemon drops with chocolate raisins, right?). Other modifiers may give you extra points or additional restrictions, making each game unique, and creating a fun challenge as users progress through the levels.

The science behind the game

Candy Line Up is a puzzle game that requires the user to plan their moves strategically while maintaining awareness of the various colors, patterns, and other details of the game in order to make appropriate decisions when executing the strategy.

This exciting puzzle game helps stimulate the cognitive abilities related to Planning and Working Memory. As the game progresses, the introduction of unique constraints and obstacles helps to train the cognitive ability for Updating.

Planning

Planning is a fundamental cognitive skill that forms part of our executive functions. Planning can be defined as ability to “think about the future” or mentally anticipate the right way to carry-out a task or reach a specific goal. Planning is the mental process that allows us to choose the necessary actions to reach a goal, decide the right order, assign each task to the proper cognitive resources, and establish a plan of action.

Working Memory

Working Memory, or operative memory, can be defined as the set of processes that allow us to store and manipulate temporary information and carry out complex cognitive tasks like language comprehension, reading, learning, or reasoning. Working memory is a type of short-term memory. Working memory refers to the ability that allows us to retain the elements that we need in our brain while we carry out a certain task.

Updating

Updating is the ability to oversee actions and behavior as you carry out a task to ensure that it is being completed according to the plan of action. In other words, updating is what makes it possible to ensure that your behavior is appropriate for a given situation and is adapting to potentially changing circumstances. Updating makes it possible to identify and correct any change from the original plan and is a function that we use countless times over the course of a day.

How to play the game

The concept of the game is fairly straightforward. The player must move candies, one at a time, until the tubes are filled with a single type of candy.

However, things aren’t always as easy as they seem: you may only move a candy onto another candy of the same type and color. You must plan your moves carefully so that you can organize the candies correctly and move on to the next level.

Candy Line Up Instructions

When players begin the game, they will be presented with several options for adjusting the difficulty of the game. Choices include how many jars will be present, and the type of modifiers and obstacles the player must deal with.

Candy Line Up Difficulty Options

These modifiers add layers of complexity that make this game infinitely replayable and engaging. Modifiers include:

  • Colored Coins: Jars with colored the colored coin icon above them give bonus points for filling them with the candy that matches the color.
  • Prohibited Candies: Jars that have the prohibited candy icon (shown as a candy with a circle and line through it) are not able to hold the corresponding candy.
  • Lids or Caps: Some jars will be covered by caps, prohibiting the user from adding any candies to the jar while the cap is present.
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We hope you enjoy our newest cognitive stimulation brain game and would love to hear your thoughts on this or any of our other games in the comments!

And don’t forget to keep an eye out for the next exciting game, due out next month!

How CREAR Education Institute is Using CogniFit in Their Innovative Neuro-learning Methodology

“If You are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people”

– Chinese Proverb.

Education is one of the most valuable gifts that a society can give to their children. This was true for the earliest groups of hunter-gatherers passing on the knowledge necessary to survive the harsh environment. It was true for the early civilizations teaching the next generations how to build cities and explore new lands. And it is true today, as we prepare students for a modern, interconnected, digital world that is moving faster than ever before.

And just as the concepts and content that we teach evolve over time to meet the demands of the world we live in, so too must our methods for educating students evolve based on new knowledge and understanding of how the human brain works and how to promote effective learning.

One of the schools that is exploring new methods for educating students for the 21st century is Unidad Educativa CREAR, an Ecuadorean education institution for early-childhood, primary, and secondary students whose vision for education is to “bring together students from diverse backgrounds to help them reach their highest mental, physical, social, and emotional potential based on scientific evidence.”

In order to make their vision a reality, they have developed a unique model for educating their students called Neuro-learning.

What is Neuro-learning?

CREAR Education Institute
Neuro-learning Education Model

This modern methodology is designed to promote efficient learning and to help students reach their full potential by integrating modern scientific understanding of how our brains function and how we develop mentally, physical, emotionally, and socially throughout childhood and early adulthood.

By using only those education best practices which are tested and backed by scientific evidence, Neuro-learning helps students to take full advantage of their educational possibilities in an enriching, personalized, and multicultural environment.

How Does Neuro-learning Work in Practice?

The educators who created the Neuro-learning methodology prioritized three main areas of education that would be provide the most value for their students: Personalized attention, a focus on development, and a multicultural environment.

Personalized Attention

The more that scientists learn about the human brain, the more we understand that no two brains are the same. Each student will have their own unique cognitive strengths, interests, and skills and the Neuro-learning methodology has been designed with this basic principle in mind.

Each student’s development is evaluated, and a personalized plan is created based on current neuroeducation principles. As students progress, periodic measurements allow the educators to adjust and adapt the program to the current needs of the student.

A Focus on Development

While many education methodologies focus on mastery of scholastic content, the Neuro-learning model goes beyond simple memorization and instead utilizes the content as a vehicle for promoting active development of the students’ mental, physical, emotional, and social skills.

In addition to this, the Neuro-learning methodology connects students based on their abilities and interests through High-Performance Programs as part of the normal school schedule. These programs allow students to grow beyond the normal limits of the traditional classroom by exploring their talents, interests, and abilities with more flexibility.

A Multicultural Environment

Living in a globalized, interconnected world means that it is more important than ever to understand and be able to interact with people from different cultures and countries. For students living in countries where English is not the native language, learning English can be a critical component of preparing for success later in life.

Neuro-learning creates an environment that promotes language development by incorporating scientific methods which have been demonstrated to be efficient and make learning a language more natural, simple, and practical.

By utilizing neurolinguistic programs, Neuro-learning helps students to improve their communication skills, not only in English, but also in their native Spanish.

Using CogniFit as a Part of the Neuro-learning Methodology

CogniFit is proud to be one of the newest potential facets of the Neuro-learning methodology, serving as another tool for promoting efficient and effective learning outcomes.

The educators at Unidad Educativa CREAR have begun exploring how to incorporate the cognitive stimulation and assessment solutions of the CogniFit Platform for Schools into the educational framework at their school in an effort to further promote the cognitive development of their students.

The initial trial of CogniFit in the classrooms of CREAR will begin in May of this year, and the school will monitor the students’ progress throughout the school year, including general evaluations in May, September, and January of 2022 (the scholastic calendar in Ecuador, which is in the southern hemisphere, runs from May-January).

We are looking forward to this unique partnership and are excited to follow the students’ progress throughout the year.

How ‘Virtual Gym’ eStragy is Using CogniFit to Help eSports Players Level Up!

Video games have come a long way over the past decades. What was once little more than a fun distraction has grown into an industry that affects so much of what we do, from the movies we watch and the theme parks we visit to the way we learn, communicate, and interact with the world.

Giant companies such as Google, Facebook, and Amazon are battling for a piece of the action through projects such as YouTube, Twitch, and Oculus, while veteran companies like Microsoft and Sony are investing heavily in maintaining their market share. All the while, young gamers are trying to make a name for themselves as ‘Streamers’ or in the fast-growing world of eSports.

As interest continues to grow, and importantly, as companies continue to invest heavily in the video game industry, players from around the world are beginning to see being a ‘Gamer’ as a viable—and potentially lucrative—alternative to more traditional choices such as being an athlete or musician.

But just as a dedicated athlete knows they must invest time in the gym as well as the practice field if they want to continue to improve, Young Gamers hoping to reach the top of their abilities must work to strengthen their most important muscle: their brain.

eStragy Aims to Help ‘Gamers’ Reach Their Full Potential

eStragy is a brand new ‘virtual gym’ designed specifically for gamers. Built around one of the most popular competitive, online multiplayer games, League of Legends, eStragy has taken some of the most popular and effective ideas from the world of physical fitness and adapted them to the needs of Gamers.

The eSports training platform evaluates data taken directly from the game as the gamer plays—much in the same way that a fitness tracker tracks a person’s steps and sleep—and builds a complete profile of the gamer’s strengths, weaknesses, and growth over time.

The eStragy Dashboard

By analyzing the player’s performance in the game over time, the eStragy platform can determine which cognitive skills the player can train to improve their overall performance in the game—skills such as hand-eye coordination, focus, processing speed, and more.

eStragy Chose CogniFit Brain Training Activities to Boost Player Performance

Once eStragy has created the profile of the player’s performance and cognitive skills, players are able to create customized training plans based on the cognitive abilities they wish to improve and the training schedule that best fits their life.

Personalized Brain Training in the eStragy Platform.

These personalized training schedules allow players to focus on the specific areas that will significantly improve their play. CogniFit’s trusted brain training activities help these gamers increase the neural connections related to some of the most significant cognitive abilities used when playing video games or throughout our daily lives.

For gamers looking for a little extra training, eStragy also allows users to select individual training activities, which have been divided into six categories: Technique, Speed, Focus, Vision, Memory, and Strategy.

Engaging and Effective Brain Training Activities in the eStragy Platform.

What’s Next for eStragy and CogniFit?

This exciting collaboration between eStragy and CogniFit is scheduled to enter the closed Beta phase at the end of May, with a public Beta set for September of this year.

Product Launch Roadmap for eStragy Virtual Gym.

We are eager to see how users respond to the training during these Beta phases and are excited to continue refining and updating the brain training activities in preparation for the scheduled public release in January 2022.

Professionals Can Add Multiple Users at Once with the New Bulk Upload Feature

CogniFit has been dedicated to creating powerful cognitive testing and training tools for both individual and professional users, and we are constantly reviewing feedback from our users to continually make our solutions more user-friendly.

While it might not be the flashiest new feature, we are excited to announce the release of one of our most-requested features for the professional platforms: Bulk Upload!

What is Bulk Upload?

CogniFit’s platforms for professionals now offer bulk upload for adding multiple users.

For users of our professional platforms for educators, clinicians, and researchers, adding new students, patients, or research participants to their account has been a manual process that could become quite time-consuming for professionals needing to add multiple users.

With this new time-saving update, these professional users can add all of their students, patients, or research participants to their professional accounts in only a few clicks by uploading a simple CSV spreadsheet to the platform.

Simply upload an easy-to-use CSV document and CogniFit does the rest!

Now, professionals looking to add an entire classroom of students, dozens of research participants, or their full list of patients, simply need to upload a CSV with users’ name, surname, and email, and CogniFit will do the rest!

Learn More About CogniFit’s Tools for Professionals and Individuals

For more information on our platforms for professionals, check out our pages for the platform for Health Professionals, Schools and Teachers, and Researchers.

But even if you aren’t a professional user, CogniFit still has plenty to offer in the form of complete cognitive assessments and fun brain training games like the brand-new Penguin Explorer!

Penguin Explorer: CogniFit’s Exciting New Brain Training Game

Keeping up with our mission to continually release fun and challenging new content for our users, we are excited to announce the release of a brand-new brain game: Penguin Explorer.

With the hot summer months just around the corner for most of us, this exciting puzzle game is the perfect way to keep your mind off the heat while stimulating spatial perception ability.

Penguin Explorer is a fun new puzzle game.

About the game

Penguin Explorer is a great way to exercise and challenge your brain while helping the fun little penguin clear the snow while avoiding obstacles.

The aim of the game is to help the penguin remove snow from all of the tiles on the map as quickly as possible by sliding along the ice. But be careful to not run into any obstacles along the way!

As the game progresses, the maps get bigger, more complex, and you have to keep your quick wits if you want to clear the board before time runs out. Try to plan each move as quickly as possible to clear the snow from the whole map.

The science behind the game

This exciting puzzle game is based on popular maze-like puzzles with a long history dating back over 50 years.

CogniFit’s team of designers developed Penguin Explorer as a fun twist on this genre of games and created a game that challenges not only the user’s special perception like typical maze games, but also inhibition and planning cognitive abilities.

Let’s take a look at these important cognitive abilities that Penguin Explorer helps stimulate:

Spatial Perception

Spatial perception is the ability to be aware of your relationships with the environment around you (exteroceptive processes) and with yourself (interoceptive processes).

Spatial awareness is made up of two processes, the exteroceptive, which creates representations about our space through feelings, and interoceptive processes, which create representations about our body, like its position or orientation. Space is what surrounds us: objects, elements, people, etc. Space also makes up part of our thinking, as it is where we join all of our experiences. In order to get proper information about the characteristics of our surroundings, we use two systems.

Inhibition

Inhibition is one of our most used cognitive functions. It is how the brain corrects behavior. Inhibition is what makes it possible for us to stay quiet when you want to say something, but know that you shouldn’t, it’s what helps you stay quiet and seated when you’re in class, it’s what helps you stay safe when someone merges into your lane without using their blinker, and it’s what helps you study or work, even when you get bored or want to get up.

Inhibition allows you to react to unforeseen or risky situations safely and quickly. Well-developed inhibition or inhibitory control can help improve behavior and make it possible to perform better academically, at work, on the road, and with friends.

Planning

Planning is a fundamental cognitive skill that forms part of our executive functions. Planning can be defined as ability to “think about the future” or mentally anticipate the right way to carry-out a task or reach a specific goal. Planning is the mental process that allows us to choose the necessary actions to reach a goal, decide the right order, assign each task to the proper cognitive resources, and establish a plan of action.

How to play the game

Penguin Explorer is a deceptively simple puzzle game. Move the penguin up, down, left, or right along the paths, clearing snow from each tile the penguin crosses.

But even penguins, who live in the ice and snow, have trouble stopping on the ice. Each time you move, the penguin will travel along the ice until they run into a wall, so be careful to not slide the penguin into one of the many obstacles on the board!

Try to clear the board as quickly as possible and collect treasures along the way for bonus points!

Conclusion

Playing games like CogniFit’s Penguin Explorer stimulates a specific neural activation pattern. Repeatedly playing and consistently training this pattern helps neural circuits reorganize and recover weakened or damaged cognitive functions.

Now seems like a perfect time to play this fun and exciting puzzle game—and train some of the most important cognitive abilities at the same time!

The Cognitive Research Platform: Introducing CogniFit for Researchers

CogniFit has been a trusted brain-training tool for over 20 years, helping millions of users strengthen the neural pathways that allow us to use some of our most important cognitive abilities; abilities such as memory, attention, focus, and more.

As CogniFit continues to grow, we are always exploring new ways to leverage our powerful technologies to help people—at home, in the classroom, in the clinician’s office, and beyond.

All of CogniFit’s products—both our selection of engaging brain games and training tasks, as well as our selection of cognitive assessments—have been developed through a collaboration between clinicians, psychologists, cognitive scientists, medical researchers, educators, and software engineers. And it is this foundation in scientific best practices which has allowed us to develop one of our most exciting new offerings: the Cognitive Research Platform.

A powerful Cognitive Research Platform for Scientific Investigation

Based on the same core cognitive training and assessment technology already being used and trusted by clinicians, teachers, and families across the globe, the new Cognitive Research Platform has been developed with the specific needs of research teams undertaking clinical, scientific, experimental studies in the areas of cognitive health and well-being in mind.

The platform offers all of the features that have made our other professional platforms, such as the Platform for Health Professionals and the Platform for Educators, so popular; features such as the ability to quickly and easily manage and track multiple users, create groups to organize interventions, and the ability to communicate with users—redesigned with the specific needs of researchers in mind. In addition to these features common across all of our professional tools, the Cognitive Research Platform also includes unique features designed specifically for researchers, such as the ability to assign participants to experimental and control groups with multiple cognitive training intervention options—participants can be assigned personalized training with algorithmically-adjusted difficulty, non-personalized “placebo” training set to the lowest difficulty each session, providing researchers the ability to study the effects of personalized cognitive training versus generic brain games—as well as easy to use methods for collecting and exporting data for analysis including indexed data related to each variable in the study and reference data for calculating fundamental information such as the Z-score.

Adding Participants to Groups in the Cognitive Research Platform.

Another unique aspect of the research platform is the ability for researchers to design investigations focused on specific brain conditions and pathologies (such as Depression, Parkinson’s, and ADHD) in addition to the general cognitive abilities available in the other professional and consumer platforms (such as Memory, Coordination, and Mental Arithmetic).

The Research Platform Opens Exciting New Doors for CogniFit

Though the Cognitive Research Platform is a relatively new venture for CogniFit, we are already seeing interest and, importantly, adoption of the platform in the research community.

Several studies are already underway, using the Cognitive Research Platform to investigate critical cognitive health issues such as how cognitive decline associated with aging can affect the workplace and how cognitive training can improve the productivity of age-diverse teams and how cognitive training can alleviate some of the most common secondary symptoms of Epilepsy such as changes in mood, difficulty sleeping, and cognitive and learning difficulties.

As we continue to build valuable partnerships with research teams across the globe, we are greatly increasing our ability to explore the role that cognitive training—not only for general cognitive abilities, but importantly, for specific brain conditions and pathologies—has in improving our cognitive health and well-being.

Developing this deeper understanding of the real-world impacts of specific cognitive abilities and brain conditions, and the effects that cognitive training can have, will allow us to continue to develop our core technologies, improve the efficacy of our current training and assessment tools, and create the next generation of CogniFit products for new segments of the cognitive health market.

Conclusion

We are fortunate to live in a world where the average person lives longer than ever before, where many of the physical ailments affecting humanity have effective remedies, and where nutritional food is readily available to so many of us.

And though we, as humans, still have plenty of work to do in these areas of physical health, the progress we have already made means that we are now able to focus more attention on the mental-health needs of a global population which is dealing more than ever with the effects of cognitive decline due to aging demographics, increased stress- and attention-related cognitive issues due to an always-on, always-connected culture in both our professional and personal lives, and more.

Our goal at CogniFit is to be a leader in this paradigm shift towards providing support and solutions for the increasingly important mental and cognitive health needs of the global community, and we believe that the Cognitive Research Platform is a key piece of this ongoing journey.

Digits: A Challenging New Mathematical Puzzle

CogniFit has been working hard this year to continue providing our users with the highest quality games and activities. Our newest addition is a fun and challenging mathematical game called Digits. 

About the game

CogniFit’s new math game Digits

Digits is a mathematical puzzle game that tests the user’s ability to quickly organize numbers according to the indicated rules. 

While the game starts out simple enough—with only a handful of numbers and a single rule— user’s should keep their focus, because the game can quickly present a challenge for even the sharpest minds. As the game progresses, not only does the quantity of numbers increase, but also the complexity of the rules, and users will have to keep up a fast pace if they want to finish each level before the timer runs out! 

The science behind the game

Digits has been developed with the key cognitive abilities in mind: Processing speed, Working Memory, & Visual Scanning

While playing Digits, users are stimulating specific neural activation patterns related to these cognitive abilities. Repeating and training these patterns consistently can help create new synapses, and help neural circuits reorganize and regain weakened or damaged cognitive functions.

Let’s take a look at these core cognitive abilities, how they help us with tasks, both simple and complex, in our everyday lives, and what makes them so important to everything we do:

Processing Speed

Processing speed is one of the main cognitive abilities we rely on every day, and is a core aspect of learning, academic performance, intellectual development, reasoning, and experience.

Processing speed is a cognitive ability defined as the time it takes a person to process a situation or stimulus and develop a response. It is related to the speed at which a person can understand and react to the information they receive, whether it be visual (letters and numbers), auditory (language), or movement. In other words, processing speed is the time between receiving a stimulus and responding to it.

Poor processing speed does not mean that a person is unintelligent, but rather that some determined tasks may require more time to perform, like reading, doing math, listening and taking notes, or holding conversations. It may also interfere with executive functions, as a person with slow processing speed will have a harder time planning, setting goals, making decisions, starting tasks, or paying attention.

Some examples of how we slow processing speed might affect our daily lives:

  • Does it take you an hour to do an assignment that takes others only 30 minutes?
  • Do you have a hard time following instructions or planning a specific activity, especially when you don’t have a lot of time to finish it?
  • Do you do poorly on exams, even when you know the material?

Working Memory

Working memory, or operative memory, can be defined as the set of processes that allow us to store and manipulate temporary information and carry-out complex cognitive tasks like language comprehension, reading, learning, or reasoning. Working memory is a type of short-term memory.

Working memory, according to Baddley and Hitch, is made up of a few systems, which include components for information storage and processing.

  • The Central Executive System: Works like an attention supervision system that decides what we pay attention to and how to organize a sequence of operations that we will need to do to do an action.
  • The Phonological Loop: This allows us to manage and retain spoken and written material in our memory.
  • The Visual-spatial Agenda: This allows us to manage and retain visual information.
  • The Episodic Buffer: integrates information from the phonological loop, visuospatial sketchpad, long-term memory, and the perceptive entrance into a coherent sequence.

Working memory refers to the ability that allows us to retain the elements that we need in our brain while we carry-out a certain task. Thanks to working or operative memory, we are able to:

  • Integrate two or more things that took place close together. For example, remembering and responding to the information that was said during a conversation.
  • Associate a new concept with previous ideas. It allows us to learn
  • Retain information while we pay attention to something else. For example, we are able to prepare the ingredients that we need for a recipe while we talk on the phone.

We use our working or operative memory on a daily basis for a number of tasks. When we try to remember a telephone number before writing it down or when we are immersed in conversation: we need to remember what was just said, process it, and respond to it by giving our own opinion. When we take notes at school: we need to remember what the teacher said so that we can write it down in our own words. When we do mental math in the supermarket to see if we have enough money to pay.

Visual Scanning

Visual scanning is the ability to efficiently, quickly, and actively look for information relevant to your environment. It is what makes it possible to find what you’re looking for using just your vision. Visual scanning is an important skill for daily life and makes it possible to efficiently carry out a number of different tasks.

Visual scanning is a function of visual perception that is aimed at detecting and recognizing visual stimuli. When you want to find something in your around you, your brain will automatically go through a series of interrelated processes:

  • Selective and Focused Attention: You need to be aware and focused on a stimulus in order to find it. Focused attention refers to the ability to focus your attention on a stimulus. Selective attention, however, is the ability to pay attention to a single stimulus when there are distracting stimuli present.
  • Visual Perception: Makes it possible to distinguish, identify, and interpret shapes, colors, and lights. This is when you make sense of the information that you receive from your eyes.
  • Recognition: Comparing the visual information you receive to determine whether or not you have prior experience with said information.
  • Visual Scanning: Looking through all or part of your field of view to try to compare what you’re seeing to what you’re looking for. You will stop looking as soon as you recognize the information that you’re looking for.

If any of these processes are altered, it would be impossible to locate a target object, either because you can’t find it (poor attention), because you can’t distinguish the object from its surroundings (poor perception), because you don’t recognize the stimulus (poor recognition), or because you don’t properly scan the area (poor visual scanning).

  • There are a number of jobs that require visual scanning. Police officers or members of the military have to be able to quickly and precisely detect objects that may be dangerous. Store employees have to use visual scanning to keep an eye out for products that may be misplaced or clients that need help. Almost any job has some level of a visual component that requires good visual scanning.
  • Students are constantly using visual scanning at school, whether it’s to pay attention to the board, read a book, or understand a presentation. It would difficult to study new material if the student is unable to find the word or idea in their notes or textbooks when they are trying to review the information before a test.
  • Driving requires you to constantly be on the lookout for other cars, accidents, potential hazards, traffic signs, pedestrians, and a number of other objects or situations. Poor visual scanning may inhibit your ability to successfully scan the environment for potential problems, decreasing your driving ability.
  • Visual scanning is an essential part of playing sports. Most sports require you to easily and quickly scan the space for relevant stimuli, which may be teammates, rivals, a ball, a goal, or any other vital component of the game. If you are playing football and want to pass the ball to a teammate, you have to visually scan the field to find him or her and then pass the ball to them.

How to play the game

The objective of Digits is to organize the various numbers in an ascending and/or descending order, based on the rules indicated at each moment. As the level increases, the quantity of numbers to order will also increase. Users need to stay focused and order the numbers as quickly as possible—trying to avoid mistakes which can cause them to lose points—before the time runs out.

Conclusion

One of the fundamental parts of mathematics is the numerical value— that is, if one figure is greater than, equal to, or less than another. Although this is something that we learn in childhood, and most of us understand this concept very easily, it can be challenging to apply it in the real world when under pressure.

CogniFit’s newest game Digits presents an engaging and fun way to train the cognitive skills that can help us to keep a sharp mind and boost our abilities related to numerical value.

CogniFit Incorporates AWS Technology Simplify, Streamline, & Supercharge Our Data

From the very beginning, CogniFit has been keenly aware of the importance of using good data. Our tools for cognitive assessment and stimulation are conceptualized, planned, and developed with accurate, scientific data in mind, which has allowed our platform to grow into a tool used not only by individuals around the world who want to give themselves or their loved ones a brain boost, but also education and healthcare professionals who need a powerful platform for assessing, tracking, and training the cognitive abilities of their students and clients.

But that isn’t the only way CogniFit creates value through data. The massive amount of data generated by our platform can be used by scientific researchers as well, providing a unique source of information on cognitive abilities and how these abilities play an integral role in everything we do. CogniFit has chosen to use Amazon Web Service platform to create a valuable data ecosystem, allowing us to simplify our data storage processes, streamline the way we use and interact with our data, and supercharge our ability to create value from data for our customers and our research partners.

How CogniFit uses Amazon Web Services To Bring Even More Value to Our Cognitive Data

We chose to use Amazon’s AWS platform as a key part of our data infrastructure because of the power and relative simplicity of their platform. Here are a few examples of how we use AWS:

Simplifying Data Storage

CogniFit’s physical data is split between two main databases which keep separate personal information used for applications such as registering on our website and making payments from the data created by our applications which include information which might indicate, for example, a user’s physical or mental health status.

While there are multiple reasons for the way our physical data storage is organized, the personal privacy of our users is paramount among these. However, there may be times when we need to compare data which might reside on one database, such as a user’s ability to visually focus on a single stimulus, with data from another, such as age.

By using the AWS Database Migration Service to create data buckets in the Simple Storage Service, we are able to create a simple and safe data ‘sandbox’ where we can manipulate our data without putting our user’s information at risk.

In addition, we use Amazon’s RDS (Relational Database Service) to help us simplify the way we manage our databases. Using the AWS EC2 (Elastic Compute Cloud) to host our Front-End servers, we are able to take advantage of powerful load-balancing and autoscaling features to adapt our system to the variable traffic demands throughout the day, meaning we can seamlessly provide our users with peak performance during the high traffic periods without wasting server resources during low traffic periods.

Not only does AWS provide us with fantastic tools to create a powerful, efficient, and flexible data storage plan, through Amazon’s WAF (Web Application Firewall), we are able to ensure our web apps are safe and secure from online threats.

Streamlining Data Processing

With the data tools such as AWS Glue, we are able to refine, filter, and process data in new and powerful ways, allowing us to turn raw data into organized, valuable information.

The creation of virtual databases using tools such as the AWS Glue Crawler and the AWS Glue ETL Jobs allows us to build simple yet powerful sources of data for a variety of internal and external applications.

In this way, we can build individualized databases, specifically designed to meet the requirements of each data application.  

Supercharging Data Analysis

Of course, data—even perfectly organized data—isn’t worth anything if we aren’t able to understand it and see the stories it is trying to tell. That’s where AWS tools such as SageMaker, Athena, and QuickSight come in.

If the tools in the toolchest of AWS Glue helped us turn data into information, these tools help us turn information into insights.

SageMaker is giving our data science department and software development teams the ability to create hyper-personalized recommendations and adjust complexity and difficulty of cognitive tasks on the fly to give our users the best possible experience and outcomes.

In addition, the business insights coming from QuickSight help us to understand our business like never before, shining new light on our user’s behaviors and needs.

But gathering and processing data is only one part of how we create incredible value for our partners and customers. Our priority is to deliver powerful solutions based on our unique cognitive data.

Amazon’s Cloudfront CDN allows us to deliver data, applications, and APIs to our researcher and developer partners globally with low latency and high transfer speeds, as well as to deliver engaging and challenging cognitive training and assessment tools to our customers safely, effectively, and quickly.

Conclusion

Amazon Web Services has allowed us to push our data even further than before. The integration of tools such as Simple Storage Service, AWS Glue Crawler, and SageMaker into our data infrastructure has unlocked new potential for our data.

CogniFit Collaborates With Research Universities on Epilepsy Study

Epilepsy is a unique neurological condition characterized by unpredictable seizures and other health problems. But even though it is the 4th most common neurological condition and affects more than 65 million people worldwide, there are often misconceptions and lack of general understanding of what Epilepsy is.

While many people have heard of the disorder, many have an incorrect understanding of what Epilepsy is, assuming the someone with this disorder will instantly go into seizure at the sight of flashing lights.

The truth of the matter is much more complex, and the effects of Epilepsy, including seizures, are much more nuanced. As a neurological condition affecting the brain, Epilepsy can lead to changes in mood, difficulty sleeping, and even cognitive and learning difficulties, depending on the areas of the brain affected.

These less visible effects of Epilepsy drew the attention of researchers from Impulso Cognitivo and the University of Antonio de Nebrija in Spain, who have developed a study using CogniFit’s Platform for Researchers to investigate the influence that cognitive training for executive functions has on the cognitive abilities of adults with Epilepsy, and whether it can potentially mitigate these secondary cognitive effects.

The “EpiCog” Project from Impulso Cognitivo and the University of Antonio de Nebrija

CogniFit Epilepsy Study

Research scientists, lead by Jon Andoni Duñabeitia Landaburu and Maria Calvo recently began their investigation, working with 80 patients with Epilepsy between the ages of 18 and 60 years old, and will continue to work with the participants over a period of months.

At the beginning of the study, each participant was given the CogniFit General Assessment Battery to determine a baseline score for several cognitive abilities. After this initial measurement, participants were randomly assigned to groups. The control group were tasked with playing CogniFit games without the active training algorithm to adjust difficulty and present participants with a challenging cognitive exercise. The second group were tasked with completing CogniFit games using the unique training algorithm, providing a more challenging cognitive training regimen.

The Epilepsy Training contains 19 Stimulation Games (to strengthen cognitive abilities), 8 Assessment Tasks (to measure progress) and focuses on measuring 4 Cognitive Skills: Inhibition, Monitoring, Working memory and Cognitive flexibility.

When to Expect Analysis and Results

This unique research project will take place over the next months, after which point the research team will compile and analyze the collected data, with results expected to be ready in the summer of 2021.

CogniFit Estimation Score as a Predictor of Group Automotive Accident Risk

Our world has been greatly affected by the presence of the automobile; from the way we design our metropolitan and national infrastructures, to the way we relax and vacation, to the way we run our errands and get to work. 

The automobile has made our lives easier in many ways and has given millions of people around the world freedom of movement that would have seemed impossible only a few hundred years ago. 

As the automobile became more and more intertwined into our societies, so to have the inherent dangers of operating these machines. Signs, signals, and safety features were added to the roads, and seat belts, air bags, and—more recently—Advanced Driver Assistance Systems such as automatic breaking and lane departure warnings were added to vehicles to help prevent these risks. But even with the addition of these safety systems, there is still an inherent risk any time a driver gets behind the wheel.

Researchers used data gathered through the CogniFit platform to investigate the cognitive and psychomotor risk factors associated with automobile accidents and has developed a unique estimation index that can help predict the risk of being involved in an automobile accident.

CogniFit as an Investigative Tool for Predicting Vehicle Accident Risk

CogniFit’s tasks for measuring estimation capacity (included in the driving test) has been used by the Center for Cognitive Science of the Nebrija University of Madrid in collaboration with The Arctic University of Norway to investigate cognitive and psychomotor risk factors associated with traffic accidents, as well as to develop a unique estimation index that can help predict the risk of suffering a traffic accident.

The main objective of this research was to show if older drivers have more accidents and if these tend to be more serious. To do this, they have carried out a comparative study where they have looked to see if there really is a relationship between the score obtained in the estimation tasks of the CogniFit driving test and the number of total accidents.

Subsequently, it has been reviewed whether, in addition, the CogniFit scores provide an additional benefit for the prediction of any type of car accident.

How was the CogniFit Estimation score developed?

The researchers analyzed data collected through the CogniFit platform on the cognitive skills related to estimation ability of 20,231 participants (10,627 female, 9,606 males) across 123 countries. The data, measuring participants’ ability to estimate the duration, speed, and distance of stimuli, as well as their understanding of how the speed and distance of an object affected its movement, were compiled into a composite index measuring each participant’s estimation abilities. 

Subsequently, the mean percentages of precision for both men and women on the CogniFit tasks were compared to raw data from male and female drivers involved in 1) fatal crashes, 2) injury crashes, and 3) crashes with material damage.

Finally, an analysis was carried out where the data of the different types of accidents were related by type and sex of the total, and the age of the drivers, their gender, and their CogniFit score as predictors.

The results showed a predictive power of age, and gender, showing that older drivers were involved in fewer fatal accidents than young people and that women had fewer fatal accidents than men. The CogniFit score also showed a direct relationship between a person’s estimation skills and the number of fatal accidents.

How can the CogniFit Estimation score help?

Based on the findings of the analysis of data and the robust relationship between CogniFit’s Estimation score and various types of traffic accidents, we can see that the CogniFit Estimation score can predict the group probability of being involved in a fatal car accident (accounting for 98.3% of the variance), of being involved in an accident with injuries (explaining 96.2% of the variance), and of being involved in accidents with material damage (explaining 95.8% of the variance).

Understanding how age, gender, and the cognitive skills related website to estimation affect the risk index of drivers serves not only to know which drivers are most at risk of suffering fatal vehicle accidents, but can also serve as the basis for future research into whether training these core cognitive skills can reduce the risk of accidents in the future. 

CogniFit’s Driving Cognitive Assessment

How can CogniFit help you understand your driving risk?

CogniFit offers a unique cognitive assessment for drivers, the Online Cognitive Assessment Battery for Driving (DAB), which uses digital neuropsychological tasks to assess a user’s cognitive capacity and attitude to drive efficiently and safely.

The results provided by this neuropsychological assessment include relevant information that can help predict the quality of vehicle handling and identify the risk index or accident tendency of a driver.

This digital driving test is performed online and lasts approximately 30-40 minutes. At the end of the evaluation, users receive a complete report of results with useful and comprehensible information about driving ability, performance, and cognitive skills. 

Whether you or a loved one have been driving for decades or are preparing to take the driver’s license exam for the first time, the Driving Cognitive Assessment from CogniFit can help you feel confident you understand your driving risk.

Color Bee: An Exciting New Cognitive Stimulation Game For Coordination

For us at CogniFit, like for so many others, 2020 was a year of great changes. For us, it was a year for focusing internally on modernizing and streamlining how our platform and tools work, improving the user experience through increased interaction with the community and a renewed focus on UX design, at the same time we saw tremendous growth in the community of CogniFit users as people searched for ways strengthen their mental and cognitive health in response to a global pandemic.

While we are pleased to welcome so many new users to the CogniFit community, we are well aware that much of the growth was, at least in part, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic and the very real effect it has had on the mental health of so many. Because of this, we have taken great care and pride in our efforts to build not only great products and services that have a real and lasting benefit to our users but also in our efforts to build a thriving, supportive community for our users.

Our New Year’s Resolution: A New Launch Each Month

We want to continue growing and building the best possible CogniFit and continue to provide the highest quality of services to those who have placed their trust in our platform to strengthen their cognitive abilities through our scientific cognitive evaluation and brain training tools.

In 2021, building on the behind-the-scenes milestones of the previous year, we have chosen to introduce a new highly-visible challenge for ourselves: To publish a new brain training game each month for our users to enjoy.

Like all CogniFit games, these new games will offer unique, engaging experiences designed to stimulate the vital cognitive abilities we use each and every day, and like all CogniFit games, they are created by experts in neuroscience, and designed with a scientific and academic focus.As

As we always say: At CogniFit, we don’t make games, we make unique experiences!

Carlos Rodrigues – CTO CogniFit

We’re Proud to Announce the First of Many New Games: Color Bee

And we are overjoyed to be able to announce today the first of many brain training games for 2021, Color Bee!

If you are anything like me and often feel a bit like your coordination isn’t as strong as it once was, that your mind used to be quick as a whip but that it now takes a fraction (or more) of a second longer for your brain to respond, or you find that you simply aren’t as agile as you once were and need to keep an eye out for pesky doors and table corners to avoid bumping into them, then Color Bee might just be the perfect brain game for you.

Color Bee is an exciting, challenging 3D puzzle game that tests your Spacial Perception, Hand-eye Coordination, and Response Time as you help the fast-paced bee avoid obstacles and clear the leaves away.

Our newest game from CogniFit: Color Bee

The Science Behind Color Bee

This deceptively simple, exciting game is more than just a fun way to pass the time; It has been designed purposefully to train specific cognitive abilities in a simple and exciting way.

Color Bee has been developed with three key cognitive abilities in mind: Spatial Perception, Hand-Eye Coordination, and Response Time. By challenging users to quickly navigate a complex visual scene while staying alert to dangers, obstacles, and changing goals, Color Bee is a fantastic way to put these critical cognitive skills to the test and to push yourself to new heights as you progress to higher levels and more complex challenges.

Let’s take a look at these core cognitive abilities, how they help us with tasks, both simple and complex, in our everyday lives, and what makes them so important to everything we do:

Spacial Perception

Spatial perception is the ability to be aware of our relationship to both the environment around us (exteroceptive processes) and with our own physical self (interoceptive processes). While this may all sound quite complex, it really comes down to this: Spatial Perception is what allows us to understand our environment and where we are within it. 

Spatial awareness is made up of two processes, the exteroceptive processes, which create representations about our space through feelings, and interoceptive processes, which create representations about our body, such as its position or orientation. 

If you have ever tried parking your car and when you saw a spot wondered “is that spot big enough for my car to fit?”, you were using the exteroceptive process to understand and evaluate your environment. 

If you have ever been walking along the sidewalk and effortlessly walked up a few stairs without really thinking about it, you were using the interoceptive process to understand the position of your feet and raise them at the correct moment. 

If you have ever walked into your kitchen and smashed your little toe on the kitchen table, then you have experienced what it is like when your exteroceptive and interoceptive processes don’t work as well as they should. 

Spatial Perception is what allows us to complete complex tasks such as drawing, driving, or playing sports without going outside of the lines.

Hand-Eye Coordination

Hand-eye coordination is the ability to coordinate activities that require the simultaneous use of our hands and eyes

Activities that require us to use the information our eyes perceive (visual-spatial perception) to guide our hands to carry out a movement rely on Hand-Eye Coordination. 

When we reach to grab an object, we use the information gathered through our eyes regarding the shape, size, distance, and even speed of the object to inform our hands how to manipulate the object. 

We use Hand-Eye coordination for an almost limitless amount of activities we perform every day, from driving to drinking a glass of water, even activities as deceptively simple as walking or waving our hand require the use of Hand-Eye Coordination.

Response Time

Response Time, sometimes called reaction time, refers to the amount of time that takes place between when we perceive something to when we respond to it. It is the ability to detect, process, and respond to a stimulus.

Response Time is one of the most important cognitive skills because nearly everything we do relies on our ability to process information and develop an appropriate response. 

You have likely noticed that when you are wide awake and full of energy you are able to quickly reply to questions, react to changes in your environment, or respond to perceived rustburgpharmacy dangers much more quickly than when you are completely exhausted the morning after a poor night’s sleep. This is a very obvious example of how changes in our bodies can affect Response Time, however there are more gradual, less noticeable changes that happen over time due to the effects of age, poor diet and exercise, or physical and mental illnesses. 

Maintaining an active and stimulated mind is one of the keys to promoting healthy Response Time so we can continue to safely enjoy the many activities that rely on this cognitive ability.

So whether you are looking for a way to specifically train Spacial Perception, Hand-eye Coordination, or Response Time, or you simply want a fun game with some great cognitive benefits, Color Bee is a fantastic choice for you and your loved ones!

How to Play Color Bee?

Players must stay focused so they can guide the bee towards the leaves of the designated color, avoiding leaves of other colors as well as obstacles. Sounds simple? Just wait. As the levels increase (and as you get more skilled) the difficulty rises.

Spin the bee around the plant to find the right leaves using the Left and Right Arrow keys and tell it when to dive down using the Down arrow key.

Conclusion

We hope you enjoy Color Bee as much as we do and are looking forward to hearing your stories about your cognitive improvement using Color Bee and all of the CogniFit games and tools.

Keep an eye out next month for another fun and exciting (and science-backed) game!