Cognitive brain training involves exercises that can help to strengthen the various functions of the brain. While these activities may seem like just games, they are actually very powerful tools that can be used across populations and presenting problems to elicit significant results. As exercises are repeated, the neurons in the brain begin to produce new networks and connections. This process leads to more efficient functioning and improved performance. Different types of activities can be used to target specific types of cognitive function; a professional brain training regimen will be customized for each individual’s needs.
1. Improve Auditory Processing Speed
People with difficulties in auditory processing speed may find it hard to understand the information they are being told through lecture or even in simple conversation. Brain training exercises that intensively target these weaknesses can essentially provide “practice” that leads the brain to begin to learn to process auditory input more efficiently. When these exercises are combined with ones that target cognitive strengths of the individual, results can be even more successful.
2. Increase Attention
Poor attention is an issue for lots of people, including those with ADHD and on the autism spectrum. Brain training that focuses on identifying sounds, pointing out related objects or locating hidden objects in their surroundings can improve an individual’s cognitive networks that allow them to pay attention to their environment, notice facial expressions or vocal intonations or even process internal frustration more successfully by being better able to notice the signs of stress.
3. Strengthen Reason and Logic
Some folks exhibit poor decision-making skills or encounter educational limitations due to an inability to make logical connections. This difficulty in grasping the reason or sense of a situation can understandably lead to serious problems in all aspects of one’s life. Cognitive brain training can work wonders in these cases.
4. Improve Memory
The ability to remember information plays a large role in learning success. It’s a common focus for improvement. There are lots of ways in which brain exercises can lead to stronger memory.
5. Eliminate Distractions
The ability to eliminate outside distractions can lead to the kind of hyper-focus that is particularly useful for people who are gifted. This population strives to improve upon their own past successes, and brain training allows them to block out unnecessary stimuli, leading to the ability to work anywhere no matter what is going on around them. Activities that present contrasting tasks work well for this. An example would be performing a physical activity while simultaneously doing something that requires mental calculations.
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The benefits of cognitive brain training are quite broad. The key to success is to work with a professional who is skilled in determining individual areas of weakness and matching them with complementary activities. Look no further than the team at the Advanced Health and Performance Institute in Orlando. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to learn more about cognitive brain training!