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CogniFit is a healthcare company, founded in 1999 by professor Shlomo Breznitz [1] and oriented to assess and improve cognitive health. All of our exploration and brain function stimulation tools are scientifically validated. We are present in 16 languages, and we work and collaborate with hospitals, universities, foundations, and investigation centers around the world [2]. CogniFit is currently a program leader, recognized and used by the scientific community and international companies.

Our neuroscientific program is lead by an international team of scientists, neurologists, and psychologists that investigate and combine the latest discoveries about the brain with advanced algorithms making simple tasks in the form of games. This professional neuropsychological exploration and cognitive stimulation program is based on scientific methodology [3] and is able to measure, train, and accurately monitor concrete cognitive abilities and their relationships with neurological pathologies.

The technical development is made up of a complete computerized battery of tasks that allows for the assessment of over 20 fundamental cognitive functions, clearly defined and subjected to objective measurement controls that provide standardized age and demographic criteria based on the results of thousands of subjects. These abilities are validated in multiple investigations [4]. Through the cognitive data received by the exploration and the normalization of the results by age and country, CogniFit understands the particular cognitive condition of each individual and can offer a personalized brain training program. This methodology is listed and patented.

Neuropsychological exploration and cognitive stimulation

The CogniFit methodology consists of a comprehensive battery of scientifically based tasks. Each of these exercises was carefully selected and categorized to measure powerful brain functions. The relationship between these brain functions and the presence of different pathologies and disorders was recognized and validated by the scientific community.

All of the tests and tasks from CogniFit are validated by independent studies in representative populations, using the placebo system to measure and follow their effectiveness. Cognitive and neurological assessments are always done. These assessments are done independently from CogniFit before and after each intervention. All of the scientific literature that is based on our affirmations and results is developed with our software and tools. We work to offer consumers and professionals serious and proven tools that will allow for precise assessment and stimulation of the validated cognitive abilities.

We continuously collaborate with investigators and the scientific community to ensure that the latest discoveries are integrated into the program in a serious and professional way.The more than 20 cognitive abilities that CogniFit assesses and trains are carefully chosen to represent a complete image of human cognition. Each of these evaluated functions are based on hundreds of data and scores, compared using a powerful algorithm with average demographic based on the evaluation of thousands of individuals. The improvement in cognitive abilities after a period of stimulation with CogniFit are validated by many independent studies [4].

CogniFit for investigators and healthcare professionals

CogniFit offers a comprehensive cognitive screening of the patient. These data and results are of high value for health professionals and researchers because they represent a reliable source of support and diagnostic support.

CogniFit's neuropsychological assessment provides useful information to be able to identify and recognize determined brain disorders, and monitor the patient's intervention and rehabilitation. All of our products are focused on the exhaustive exploration and careful training of the measured cognitive abilities through regulated CogniFit assessments [4]. These tests were designed and fine-tuned over the last 15 years, carefully choosing the best and most extensive literature and paired with previously existing scientific tools.

CogniFit for individuals, families, and schools

CogniFit is also oriented toward individuals, families and schools: by playing different mental games, you can discover your cognitive state. Thanks to the database and the development of advanced algorithms, CogniFIt understands the particular cognitive state for each individual and offers a personalized brain training program. Everyone is unique and deserves a training program adapted to their specific needs. By precisely measuring the performance of brain functions, CogniFit automatically creates a personalized training program. The selected tasks and their level of difficulty are dynamically combined based on the specific needs of the user.

References

[1] Professor Shlomo Brenitz was a professor in many institutions, including the University of California at Berkely, Stanford University, London School of Economics, and the US Department of Health and Human Services' National Institutes of Health. Author of seven books and many scientific articles, Professor Breznitz is founding director of the Center for the Study of Psychological Stress at the University of Haifa, where he also served as Lady Davis Professor of Psychology, Dean, and University President.. His acclaimed DriveFit™ training program, CogniFit's first commercial product, received the British Prince Michael Road Safety award.

[2] Some universities, hospitals, and foundations that we work with:

Biobehavioral Nursing and Health Systems of the University of Washington, Seattle, USA ; The Edmond J. Safra Brain Research Center for the Study of Learning Disabilities, University of Haifa, Israel ; Department of Neurology Albert Einstein College,Yeshiva University from NY, USA ;The Gerontology Misericordia University of Dallas, USA; The Department of Psychology of the University of New York in Prague, Austria; The Center for Psychobiological Research of the Max Stern Academic College of Emek Yezreel, Jezreel Valley, Israel; Carroll School, Massachusetts, USA; Department of Psychology at the Universidad Autonoma, Madrid, Spain

See more information at neuroscience.

[3] Literature and scientific tools

Wechsler, D. (1945). A standardized memory scale for clinical use. The Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied, 19(1), 87-95

Conners, C. K. (1989). Manual for Conners’ rating scales. North Tonawanda, NY: Multi-Health Systems.

Hooper, E. H. (1983). Hooper visual organization test (VOT).

Greenberg, L. M., Kindschi, C. L., & Corman, C. L. (1996). TOVA test of variables of attention: clinical guide. St. Paul, MN: TOVA Research Foundation.

Tombaugh, T. N. (1996). Test of memory malingering: TOMM. North Tonawanda, NY: Multi-Health Systems.

Wechsler, D (1945). A standardized memory scale for clinical use. The Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied, 19(1), 87-95.

Shallice, T (1982). Specific impairments of planning. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 298(1089), 199-209.

Asato, M. R., Sweeney, J. A., & Luna, B (2006). Cognitive processes in the development of TOL performance. Neuropsychologia, 44(12), 2259-2269.

Korkman, M., Kirk, U., & Kemp, S (1998). NEPSY: A developmental neuropsychological assessment. Psychological Corporation.

Korkman, M., Kirk, U., & Kemp, S (1998). Manual for the NEPSY. San Antonio, TX: Psychological corporation.

Stroop, J. R (1935). Studies of interference in serial verbal reactions. Journal of experimental psychology, 18(6), 643.

Heaton, R. K. (1981). A manual for the Wisconsin card sorting test. Western Psycological Services.

Tsotsos, L. E., Roggeveen, A. B., Sekuler, A. B., Vrkljan, B. H., & Bennett, P. J. (2010). The effects of practice in a useful field of view task on driving performance. Journal of Vision, 10(7), 152-152.

Crabb, D. P., Fitzke, F. W., Hitchings, R. A., & Viswanathan, A. C. (2004). A practical approach to measuring the visual field component of fitness to drive. British journal of ophthalmology, 88(9), 1191-1196.

Edwards, J. D., Vance, D. E., Wadley, V. G., Cissell, G. M., Roenker, D. L., & Ball, K. K. (2005). Reliability and validity of useful field of view test scores as administered by personal computer. Journal of clinical and experimental neuropsychology, 27(5), 529-543.

[4] Cognitive abilities validated by independent studies

Working memory, auditory short-term memory, inhibition, divided attention: Preiss M, Shatil E, Cermakova R, Cimermannova D, Flesher I (2013) Personalized cognitive training in unipolar and bipolar disorder: a study of cognitive functioning. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00108.

Focus, naming, short-term memory, visual memory, working memory: Haimov I, Shatil E (2013) Cognitive Training Improves Sleep Quality and Cognitive Function among Older Adults with Insomnia. PLoS ONE 8(4): e61390. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0061390

Hand-eye coordination, visual memory, processing speed, visual scanning, naming:Shatil E (2013). Does combined cognitive training and physical activity training enhance cognitive abilities more than either alone? A four-condition randomized controlled trial among healthy older adults. Front. Aging Neurosci. 5:8. doi: 10.3389/fnagi.2013.00008

Visual memory, working memory, focus, spatial perception, visual perception: Peretz C, Korczyn AD, Shatil E, Aharonson V, Birnboim S, Giladi N. - Computer-Based, Personalized Cognitive Training versus Classical Computer Games: A Randomized Double-Blind Prospective Trial of Cognitive Stimulation - Neuroepidemiology 2011; 36:91-9.

Short-term memory, visual memory, working memory: Shatil E, Metzer A, Horvitz O, Miller A. - Home-based personalized cognitive training in MS patients: A study of adherence and cognitive performance - NeuroRehabilitation 2010; 26:143-53.

Focus, recognition, divided attention, visual perception, visual short-term memory, shifting: Korczyn AD, Peretz C, Aharonson V, et al. - Computer based cognitive training with CogniFit improved cognitive performance above the effect of classic computer games: prospective, randomized, double blind intervention study in the elderly. Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association 2007; 3(3):S171.

Auditory short-term memory, hand-eye coordination, short-term memory, naming, shifting, spatial perception, estimation, visual perception: Korczyn AD, Peretz C, Aharonson V, et al. - Computer based cognitive training with CogniFit improved cognitive performance above the effect of classic computer games: prospective, randomized, double blind intervention study in the elderly. Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association 2007; 3(3):S171.

Processing speed: Verghese J, Mahoney J, Ambrose AF, Wang C, Holtzer R. - Effect of cognitive remediation on gait in sedentary seniors - J Gerontol A Biol Sci Med Sci. 2010 Dec;65(12):1338-43.

Working memory, response time: Horowitz-Kraus T, Breznitz Z. - Can the error detection mechanism benefit from training the working memory? A comparison between dyslexics and controls- an ERP study - PLoS ONE 2009; 4:7141.

Visual perception, response time, divided attention, estimation, planning, short-term memory: Haimov I, Hanuka E, Horowitz Y. - Chronic insomnia and cognitive functioning among older adults - Behavioural sleep medicine 2008; 6:32-54.

Divided attention, planning, spatial perception, inhibition: Thompson HJ, Demiris G, Rue T, Shatil E, Wilamowska K, Zaslavsky O, Reeder B. - Telemedicine Journal and E-health Date and Volume: 2011 Dec;17(10,):794-800. Epub 2011 Oct 19.

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