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Brain Fitness Pro - The Science of Brain Training

Until recently scientists believed that the adult brain could not grow and change, but advances in stimulating, testing, and monitoring brain change have proven that it can. Brain Fitness Pro stimulates new neural growth and improved mental sharpness with a research-tested exercise that strengthens visual and aural working memory, focus, and multi-tasking.

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Brain change requires three essential conditions: Focus, Challenge, and Reward.


Focus - When we focus our attention on a particular task or problem, the nucleus basalis, a deeply-nestled region of the brain, secretes a substance called acetylcholine. Acetylcholine triggers the brain to hold on to the memories being formed. The more we focus, the more we remember.

Challenge - By focusing on a challenging task for a sufficient period of time we encourage the brain to stretch, and to devote more resources to the brain functions being called upon.

Reward - Success at a challenging task creates a sense of achievement and satisfaction, triggering the release of dopamine (the "happy" chemical). Acetylcholine and Dopamine together stimulate new neural growth and brain plasticity.

Brain Fitness Pro stimulates brain change by training brain functions that we use for every conscious mental task. The benefits of such training are therefore practically unlimited. Customers find that the training tends to benefit them most in areas where they feel they need a boost (e.g., a particular test or restoring short term memory function), and in activities that they regularly focus on for work or leisure (e.g., diligence, or musical aptitude and appreciation).


Brain Fitness Pro - Research

Brain Plasticity

The more we exercise our working memory the larger it grows both physically and in the number of neural connections.1 Researchers at Sweden's prestigious Karolinska Institutet, a European medical university, have demonstrated that intensive training of working memory produces measurable changes in the brain,2 direct evidence of brain plasticity.
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Related studies show that working memory is not limited to six or seven items as thought previously thought.3 Karolinska Institutet researchers4 have found that a period of brain training improves working memory as indicated by the pink dotted line on the chart above.

Mind Sparke's Brain Fitness Pro directly targets working memory providing subsidiary benefits to problem solving, sensory perception, and long-term memory. Mind Sparke customers enjoy working memory increases that exceed those projected by the Karoliska Institutet (see yellow line). Customers as old as seventy-five, for instance, have increased their working memory from four or five items to seven items. Every customer who completes at least 19 days of training enjoys a substantial increase in working memory.

Working Memory & Fluid Intelligence
working memory fluid intelligence In 2007, Graeme Halford (Emeritus Professor of Psychology at the University of Queensland) and his colleagues suggested that fluid intelligence and working memory make similar and related demands on the brain's processing capacity.

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Susanne Jaeggi and Martin Buschkuehl posited that training of working memory could lead to increased fluid intelligence5 by reducing the working memory demands being placed on the brain's processing capacity.

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Their study recorded increases in fluid intelligence for all participants of more than 40% in comparison to a control group who did not train. (The researchers calculated fluid intelligence as the number of correct answers given to a standard set of IQ test questions6 in a constrained time period.)


Brain Fitness Pro employs the training protocol designed for this research.

Lasting, Progressive Improvement
working memory working memory fluid intelligence Customers have found that improvements in attention, working memory, fluid intelligence, and general cognition continue even after an extended break in training. And that continued training leads to continued improvement.




1 Doidge, N. (2007). The brain that changes itself. USA, Viking Penguin.
2 McNab, F., et al. (2009). Changes in cortical dopamine D1 recepta binding associated with cognitive training. In Science Magazine, 6 February 2009, v323, no.5915, pp800-802. USA.
3 Swanson, H. (1999). What develops in working memory? A life span perspective. In Developmental Psychology, v35, no.4, pp986-1000.
4 Klingberg, T. Et al. (2005). Computerized training of working memory in children with ADHD a randomized controlled trial. In Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, v44, pp177-186.
5 "Improving fluid intelligence with training on working memory" Susanne M. Jaeggi, Martin Buschkuehl, John Jonides, and Walter J. Perrig PNAS 10.1073/ pnas.0801268105.
6 Measured using the standard Bochumer Matrizen IQ Test: BOMAT-Advanced-Short Version






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