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The Utmost Brain Training Program

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A review of Cognifit.com
Date:  August 4, 2020
Basic plan (20+ games):  $19.99/month
Medium plan (40+ games):  $24.99/month
Premium plan (60+ games):  $29.99/month
CAB Assessment:  $49.99 each assessment

How does CogniFit improve memory?
CogniFit, like other brain fitness marketers, claims its brain games improve intelligence and cognitive skills like memory, attention, processing speed, and problem solving ability by tapping into your brain’s plasticity — that is, its ability to change.

Working memory, like our other cognitive abilities, can be trained and improved, and CogniFit makes it possible to do with a professional tool.  It offers a battery of clinical exercises designed to recover and improve problems with working memory and other cognitive functions.

What is Working Memory
What is 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 is an essential part of decision making and for the proper functioning of the executive functions.

Two examples of  CogniFit’s Working Memory exercises
Sequencing Test WOM-ASM:  A series of balls with different numbers will appear on the screen. The user will have to memorize the series in order to repeat it later. The series will become longer and longer until the user makes a mistake. The user will be asked to repeat the series after each presentation.

Recognition Test WOM-REST:  Three objects will appear on the screen. First, the user will have to remember the three objects presented on the screen as quickly as possible. After four sets of three images will appear on the screen and the user will have to choose which is the correct series from the first screen.

Your Brain and Its Cognitive Skills
CogniFit’s brain games improve intelligence and cognitive skills like memory, attention, perception, executive function, processing speed, coordination and problem solving ability, by tapping into your brain’s plasticity.

What is Brain Plasticity and why is it so important?
Neuroplasticity  (or brain plasticity)  is the ability  of the brain to modify its connections or rewire iself.   Without this ability, any brain, not just the human brain, would be unable to develop from infancy through to adulthood or recover from brain injury.

The CogniFit methodology
This methodology consists of a battery of scientifically based  tasks that measure powerful  brain functions.  How well the brain performs  these functions could indicate the presence of different pathologies and disorders.   recognized and validated by the scientific community.  Cognifit works to assess and train more than 20 cognitive abilities,  which represent a complete image of human cognition.

How does Cognifit calculate my cognitive skills?
Your cognitive score depends of multiple factors and variables that are measured each time you do an assessment task.  The CogniFit system tracks more than 150 different variables.

Here is an example of Cognitive Skills tracked by Cognifit:

Your cognitive score depends of multiple factors and variables that are measured each time you do an assessment task.  The CogniFit system tracks more than 150 different variables.

What is the Cognitive Assessment Battery?
The Cognitive Assessment Battery (CAB) from CogniFit is a complete cognitive test designed to help detect the cognitive state in people with and without pathologies through online cognitive tests.  This cognitive assessment battery evaluates cognitive  functions, has been validated in multiple studies and is used by millions of users over the last 15 years.

This neurocognitive assessment tool helps evaluate a wide range of cognitive abilities and health habits that are closely related to correct cognitive functioning.

The automated report from this cognitive evaluation provides conclusions on the functioning of the different brain areas and functions.

My recommendations
Pros:  These brain games really work your brain!   There have been criticisms in the past about the fact that Cognifit did not properly state their prices, but these are published on the Cognifit Help Center webpage.

Personally I would rather pay $19.99 a month and have a set of really good brain games that thoroughly exercise my  mind, rather than rely on the “free” brain games available online (many of which don’t work half the time and are a huge waste of time).

The CAB assessments are really worth the price.   So far, I have taken two CAB assessments and have been able to view my progress from the first to the second assessment, thanks to the Cognifit training.

Cons:  A little pricey, perhaps, but well worth the money in my opinion.

 

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