CogniFit and Haifa University study the relationship between important cognitive skills and dyslexia

  • It is estimated that at least 1 in 10 people suffers from dyslexia. A high percentage are not aware of the pathology. Several research studies show that having low levels of working memory is directly related to the possibility of dyslexia.
  • Dyslexia does not condition intelligence. On the other hand, studies show that people affected by this disorder have lower educational levels and higher unemployment rates.
  • CogniFit’s innovative neuropsychological evaluation system allows detection of the risk index for dyslexia.
  • This study concludes that training the brain with CogniFit’s scientific application significantly improves working memory and mental agility, increasing reading performance (14.73%).

Working memory is a cognitive skill that we use continuously in our daily lives. It is the ability to keep in mind different portions of information relevant to the task at hand. To understand this, working memory tends to be closely related to thinking “what I came here to do”.

Well, in order to learn more about our brain functioning and to help treat neurological dysfunctions, CogniFit together with Haifa University have published a study reflecting how low working memory levels, a decline in executive functions and other cognitive skills can be a powerful indicator of dyslexia.

Finding out if we have this dysfunction isn’t always easy. CogniFit’s neuropsychological assessment system for detecting dyslexia, on the other hand, allows for the most reliable detection of the risk of dyslexia.

This innovative online dyslexia test is a scientific resource that allows you to carry out a complete cognitive screening, know the weaknesses and strengths, and evaluate the risk index of dyslexia with excellent reliability. This test is aimed at children over 7 years of age, adolescents, and adults.

This battery of neuropsychological evaluation can be easily handled by any user. With this powerful software, you can study multiple variables, and offer complete customized reports.

The dyslexia test (CAB-DX) consists of a questionnaire that evaluates symptoms and clinical signs, as well as a series of exercises and validated tasks that are presented as simple computer games.

The results report will be automatically available after the test, which usually lasts about 30-40 minutes.

In addition, the study published by the University of Haifa shows that stimulating executive functions and other important cognitive skills with CogniFit’s brain training for dyslexia significantly increases working memory, cognitive development and reading performance (increasing the number of correct words read per minute by 14.73%). In addition, the results lasted up to six months after training, having a distinctly positive effect on dyslexia at any age.

Brain Image Dyslexia
Brain Image Dyslexia

Understanding Dyslexia

Dyslexia is the most common neurodevelopmental disorder, affecting over 10% of the population. Various researchers define it as a structural deficit in the neural networks that process language affecting learning, making it difficult to read, write and in general, the fluid decoding of any symbol.

This dysfunction makes it difficult to access information stored in the brain and, contrary to popular beliefs, does not disappear in adolescence. Dyslexia is becoming increasingly well known and diagnosed throughout childhood, but today there are many adults who have experienced difficulties in reading, writing, and understanding throughout their lives but have never been aware of this dysfunction. This is usually the worst-case scenario because even though they have a normal or even above-average intellectual capacity, it is very likely that they have been considered clumsy or bad students. These difficulties transcend school life and can also be manifested in the work and social sphere. Although dyslexia is not intellectually related, several studies show that people affected by the disorder have lower educational levels, higher unemployment, low self-esteem, and stress.

Dyslexia can often be the underlying cause of other problems. Most adults with dyslexia tend to try to disguise it. They are ashamed of their mistakes, so they use strategies to hide them. And, although these people go to therapists, they don’t usually get many results because it’s not easy for them to get to the root of their problem: the diagnosis of dyslexia.

The good news is that thanks to the neuroplasticity of our brain, we can, at any age, minimize the consequences of this disorder. By training the mind with CogniFit we create new networks of neural connections that improve brain agility allowing us to significantly increase our ability to read-write, understand, concentrate, learn, and perform academically and professionally.