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Brain game "Words Birds": What is it?

Words Birds is a brain training game To advance in the game, we will have to move the different stimuli that appear on the screen so that, with the letters that appear in each one of them, they form the name of the object that is presented below. However, as the level of complexity of this mental training game increases, the cognitive demands will increase.

The difficulty of this brain game will automatically adjust depending on the user's training. Words Birds is a scientific resource designed to continuously measure cognitive performance and automatically adjusts difficulty, optimizing brain training. The brain game Words Birds was designed for children, adults, and seniors who want to train and stimulate essential cognitive skills.

How can the brain game "Words Birds" improve your cognitive skills?

It has been proven that practicing the clinical brain training exercises from CogniFit make it possible to activate and strengthen cognitive skills with neuroplasticty.

When training the brain with brain games like Words Birds, you stimulate a specific neural activation pattern. Consistently repeating and training this pattern can help create new synapses and neural circuits able to reorganize and recover weak or damaged cognitive functions.

The brain game Words Birds was designed to stimulate the adaptive potential of the nervous system and help the brain recover after structural alterations, disorders, or damage where cognitive skills are affected. This game is indicated for anyone looking to challenge and improve cognitive performance.

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Graphic projection of neural networks after 3 weeks.

Which cognitive skills does "Words Birds" train?

The cognitive skills trained in this brain game are:

  • Updating: To advance in Words Birds we must move the different rows and columns that appear on the screen and place, in the central space, the letters that make up the target word. To achieve this, we need to check if we are building the right word, or whether we need to rectify our actions. By performing this exercise we are activating and stimulating our updating ability. Improving this cognitive ability is fundamental to our daily lives, as it allows us to review our behavior and make sure it adapts to changing circumstances.
  • Visual Perception: To advance in this mental game we must correctly identify the image presented on the screen and distinguish each of the letters that contain the different stimuli. By practicing this exercise we are activating and stimulating our visual perception. Improving this important cognitive ability may help us to interpret more efficiently the visual information that reaches our eyes. For example, when we have to read and understand a text, drive a vehicle, or work accurately and quickly with different elements.
  • Planning: In order to pass from level to level in this mental game we must anticipate and decide the correct order in which to perform the movements, and manage to order the letters that make up our target word in the least number of movements possible. By practicing this exercise, we activate and strengthen our planning capacity. Improving this important cognitive skill is fundamental to our daily lives, as it allows us to "think about the future" and mentally anticipate the correct way to perform a task or achieve a goal.
  • Naming: To advance in Words Birds we must quickly recognize the name of the object represented on the screen and find the letters that make up that word in order to place the stimuli in the right order without making mistakes. By practicing this exercise we are activating and strengthening the neural connections involved in our naming capacity. Improving this cognitive ability is fundamental to our daily lives, as it allows us to identify the right word. We use this cognitive capacity continuously when we want to remember a word that best expresses the meaning of what we want to name. For example, when referring to our acquaintances by name, having a conversation, or ordering food at a restaurant.
  • Cognitive Shifting: As we progress in this mental game, green stimuli will appear and randomly change the position of the letters. To move up a level, we must be able to adapt our movements and game strategy to these new, changing and unexpected situations. By practicing this mental exercise we are stimulating and activating our cognitive flexibility or shifting. This cognitive ability is related to fluid intelligence and the ability to solve new problems in a flexible and efficient way. Good cognitive flexibility allows us to realize that what we are doing is not working, or has stopped working, and helps us to readjust our behavior, thinking, and opinions.
  • Visual Short-Term Memory: Words Birds requires that we efficiently establish the proper sequence of movements to order the letters that make up our target word. To do this, we must remember where each letter was positioned and identify it quickly. By practicing this exercise we are stimulating and helping to strengthen our visual short-term memory. Improving this cognitive ability is essential for our daily lives, as it allows us to retain mentally important information such as letters, figures, colors, faces, etc.
  • Spatial Perception: In order to advance in this mental game we must identify where on the screen is each letter located and where it should be placed. By practicing this exercise, we are activating and stimulating our capacity for spatial perception. Improving this cognitive ability is fundamental for our daily lives, as it allows us to think in two and three dimensions, and to understand the disposition of our environment and our relationship with it.
  • Visual Scanning: In order to advance in Words Birds we will have to find and locate quickly the letter that we need among all the other letters that appear on the screen, because the objective of the game is to complete our word in the least possible time. By practicing this exercise we are activating and stimulating our visual scanning ability. Improving this cognitive ability is fundamental for our daily lives because it allows us to find what we want to find with our eyes. A good visual exploration capacity will allow us to actively search for relevant information about our environment, quickly and efficiently. For example, when we have to search for files inside a computer folder or look for typos inside a text.
  • Processing Speed: In Words Birds time is limited. In order to level up, we will have to react quickly, deciphering the word and ordering the letters as fast as possible. By performing this exercise we are activating and helping to strengthen our cognitive processing speed. Improving this cognitive capacity is very important for our daily lives, as it allows us to solve more efficiently the mental tasks we face, minimizing the time that elapses from when we receive information until we understand and respond to it. For example, when we have to quickly calculate how much we should receive in exchange for a purchase, or respond to an unforeseen event. The faster we process, the faster we think and learn.
  • Focused Attention:In order level up in Words Birds it will be necessary to quickly detect the relevant stimuli that appear on the screen and focus our attention only on those letters that allow us to compose our objective word, avoiding distractions. By practicing this exercise, we are activating and helping to strengthen our focused attention. Improving this very important cognitive ability can help us in our daily lives, as it allows us to focus on a stimulus or activity. Helping us, for example, to correctly distinguish the letters that make up a word, or to make fewer mistakes while reading.

What happens if you don't train your cognitive skills?

The brain is designed to reserve resources, which causes it to eliminate the connections that it doesn't use often. This means that if you don't regularly use a certain cognitive skill, the brain will stop sending it the resources that it needs, and it will become weaker and weaker. This makes us less efficient when using the said function, causing us to be less efficient in daily activities.

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