Meditation makes lasting change in brain

Meditation makes lasting change in brain.

A new study has found that participating in an 8-week meditation brain training program can have measurable effects on how the brain functions even when someone is not actively meditating. In their report in the November issue of Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Boston University (BU), and several other research centers also found differences in those effects based on the specific type of meditation practiced.

Your unconscious brain can do math, process language

Your unconscious brain can do math, process language.

The unconscious brain may not be able to ace an SAT test, but new brain research suggests that it can handle more complex language processing and arithmetic tasks than anyone has previously believed. According to these findings, just published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, we may be blithely unaware of all the hard work the unconscious brain is doing.

Human brain Is wired for harmony

Human brain Is wired for harmony.

Many creatures, such as human babies, chimpanzees, and chicks, react negatively to dissonance—harsh, unstable, grating sounds. Since the days of the ancient Greeks, scientists have wondered why the ear prefers harmony. Now, scientists suggest that the reason may go deeper than an aversion to the way clashing notes abrade auditory nerves; instead, it may lie in the very structure of the ear and brain, which are designed to respond to the elegantly spaced structure of a harmonious sound.

CogniFit Brain Training Mental Number Application

The CogniFit Mental Numbers Application offers you several exciting tasks to challenge your brain with and develop a wide range of cognitive abilities such as your focus, planning, working memory and visual short-term memory. Having the capacity to easily play in your mind with numbers is a key skill that you want to possess. We are constantly surrounded with numbers and calculations in our daily life. This application offers you a fun and easy way of becoming faster in mental math while training many basic cognitive skills needed for many other tasks in your daily life.

The CogniFit Assessment

Keeping the brain fit is a necessity to anyone who wants to maintain a healthy lifestyle. When you join CogniFit, you will start with a short assessment which lets you know exactly where your stronger areas are and where you could use some training.

This assessment is the first step to your brain training program. You are unique and you want a training program that is tailored to your specific needs.

The CogniFit Individualized Training System optimizes your training needs to your unique cognitive development and adapts the training on-going based on your real performance.

Enjoy your training and remember Every Day is a CogniFit Day

CogniFit adds new brain fitness tasks to its cognitive platform to train focus and planning abilities

We have the pleasure to announces today the release of additional free tasks to its cognitive training platform. The “Twist It” and “Neuron Madness” tasks have been specially designed to train cognitive skills such as focus and planning.

Focus, the ability to sort different visual and auditory stimuli so as to prioritize actions, often requires ignoring certain irrelevant information in order to successfully allocate attention to another. This ability is developed through the years and can be trained over time.

Planning, on the other hand, is the ability to “think ahead”, to mentally anticipate the correct way to execute a task. This cognitive ability involves selecting the activities required to achieve a goal, deciding on their appropriate order and creating a plan.

Gutxi Haitz, Cognitive Tasks Design Manager at CogniFit, explains: “These new brain games have been developed so CogniFit can continue offering the most complete and exhaustive brain training to its users. CogniFit continuously add new tasks to its brain fitness platform to respond to the growing demand of users for useful, effective and diverse brain training tasks. ”

Researchers have shown that the training of cognitive abilities can bring important benefits to the trainees for a large range of needs which may, in turn, be influential in improving quality of life. For example, when setting up the day’s schedule, individuals must consider the tasks that need to be done, where they must go, task priorities and the time required to complete each task.

Training planning can help individuals go through those processes more efficiently. Planning demands creativity which activates the brain and helps to maintain cognitive resources. It can also reduce cognitive decline that can result in lost time and energy.

Decreased planning ability will make things difficult when, for example, people arrange a gathering that involves sending invitations, making phone calls and buying food.

The new tasks are immediately available and free to use on the CogniFit website.

Conerstones of a healthy brain training regimen

The human brain is a glorious organism capable of wonders. However, like anything else, it must be trained to perform at its finest. Brain training takes many forms and can be implemented into daily activity rather easily with the right attitude. There are several aspects to consider when introducing your brain to a fresh training regimen but there are a plethora of benefits to be garnered from sticking with it.

A healthy diet is also crucial to maintaining a properly functioning brain. Blueberries are among the best foods for a strong mind. Full of antioxidants, the fruit can prevent aging, reduce stress, and improve learning capacity and motor skills. The Omega-3 fatty acids found in seafood like wild salmon, herring, and sardines are essential for your brain to run as a well oiled machine. Vitamin E also contributes to a healthy brain and can found in a vast array of nuts and seeds. Avocados and whole grains are more directly helpful for the cardiovascular systems of the human body but proper blood flow has a large impact on the behavior of the brain.

Honing fine motor skills with cognitive training is a simple technique to get the brain training for future events. Building dexterity and spatial awareness stimulates various sections of the brain and encourages growth and expansion. Learning tricks like juggling, spinning poi, dancing, and other fast paced feats of coordination develop into a better appreciation for the space you inhabit. Even smaller acts of dexterity such as rolling a quarter over your knuckles or typing quickly contribute to your overall brain health.

Recognition and pattern identification are underrated skills we make use of daily but rarely practice. Learning to visually scan your field of view and best associate each part of your vision with a meaningful context is something most people take for granted but is, in fact, an amazing attribute of human evolution that can be fine tuned into an impressive ability. Familiarizing yourself with tasks like mahjong will practice these skills and help make you more effective at day-to-day tasks.

For an increased vocabulary, brain training can be as simple as reading a good book. Without clear definitions, being introduced to new words in their natural context gives examples of proper use and sets a tone for you to remember the word by. A quality author uses a respectable level of vocabulary which encourages his readers to broaden their horizons and experience new perspectives. As children, we learned out first bits of language purely from the context of those speaking around us and this method can be continued well into adulthood.

The brain is the most important muscle in your body and needs to be exercised regularly. By keeping it on a steady diet, practicing dexterity, increasing pattern recognition, and building a vocabulary, your brain training regimen doesn’t have to be an overly complicated process but instead can become a natural part of your standard routine. 

CogniFit in the news in French

CogniFit in the news in French

Another great review of our iPhone app

Another great review of our iPhone app

Great review of our Brain Fitness iPhone app

Great review of our Brain Fitness iPhone app

Launch of the CogniFit Brain Fitness iPhone Application

It’s a pleasure to finally announce the release of our CogniFit brain fitness mobile app for iPhone! You can download it for free now and start brain training on the go!

The CogniFit brain fitness experience is now available to users through the CogniFit website as well as through their mobile phone.

Leveraging its scientifically validated technology and extensive cognitive database, the CogniFit Brain Fitness mobile application offers a serious program to assess and train the brain on the go. The mobile application seamlessly synchronizes the user’s training and data results with the CogniFit website, offering to users the possibility to continue with their training exactly where they left off.

Ricard Perez, iOS Developer at CogniFit, explains: “The demand for serious mobile brain training is soaring with the rapid growth of smartphones and mounting interest for health & wellness solutions. Thus, leveraging our technology in a mobile platform is a key element for a healthy and more productive lifestyle for individuals around the world. The CogniFit Brain Fitness mobile app released today is the state of the art in the brain training category.”

Neuroscientific research has shown that assessing and training cognitive skills can lead to valuable benefits to the users for a large variety of needs, which may, in turn, be instrumental in improving quality of life. The mobile application assesses and trains a wide selection of cognitive abilities such as working memory, divided attention and concentration.

David Rico, iOS Developer at CogniFit, explains: “Users can now enjoy their free time playing tasks and games that are truly beneficial to them. We have developed an application that is both fun and useful and can be accessed anywhere at anytime. The integration with the CogniFit website offers an unparalleled experience which answers to the needs of our growing number of users and opens the door to many more.”

The CogniFit brain fitness mobile application is available today for free on the iTunes store.

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Memory could be the most malleable and trainable cognitive function

A new study presented today at the annual meeting of the Society of Neuroscience in New Orleans, Louisiana shows that improved working memory function, following the use of CogniFit online brain training platform, may not only be more malleable, but could also be even more trainable that other cognitive functions.

The research, conducted in collaboration with CogniFit, the Department of Psychology of Northwestern University (Dr. K.L. Gigler), the Department of Psychology of the University of Notre Dame (Dr. K. Blomeke) and the department of Psychiatry of Northwestern University (Dr. S. Weintraub & Dr. P.J. Reber) showed that older adults demonstrated improvements on tests of working memory and language, as well as on a composite measure of processing speed.

Participants to the study where older adults, both healthy and with MCI (mild cognitive impairment) and completed an online cognitive training protocol and memory exercise using the CogniFit brain fitness system. Participants, and especially those with memory impairments, further showed improvement on a battery of real world-like assessments.

Dr. Evelyn Shatil, Head of Cognitive Science at CogniFit explains “This new research demonstrates once again the capacity of the CogniFit’s computerized cognitive training to effectively train specific cognitive abilities. What is interesting in this case, is to see that memory, and working memory, more specifically, seems to be one of the best candidate for cognitive training and brain plasticity exercises.”

The most recent studies in neuroscience demonstrate that scientifically validated cognitive training (leveraging brain plasticity) is one of the very few proven ways to improve cognitive skills. These new results should encourage older adults to engage in brain fitness and improve their cognitive abilities and memory.

Cognitive tests & brain training

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