Post date: Aug 31, 2011 12:20:38 AM
The products and resources listed below are used in the Brain Fitness Center at WRAMC, although there are other excellent programs on the market. Please note that Walter Reed, the Department of the Army, and the Department of Defense do not endorse these or any other specific products.
- Brain Fitness Classic by Posit Science: This product aims to sharpen auditory processing skills. Increasing the speed and accuracy of information you hear has been shown to make you “think quicker” and improve certain aspects of memory. PositScience recommends that you use this product daily for 60 minutes over an eight-week period. Brain Fitness Classic is available on CD for your home computer (Mac or PC).
- Dakim BrainFitness: Dakim uses a cross-training model, with exercises in memory, visual processing, critical thinking, language, and calculation. The stimuli are varied and include video clips of movies, famous songs as well as trivia. This program is designed to be used over the long term and to provide continuously novel content. Dakim recommends using the program 20 minutes a day at least two to three times a week. Dakim BrainFitness is available on CD for your home computer (Mac or PC).
- Insight by Posit Science: This program is designed to increase the accuracy and efficiency of visual information processing. Reacting more quickly to visual stimuli and expanding the visual field are two goals of the program. Many of the exercises in the program are part of their driving-safety software, designed to reduce the risk of accidents. Posit Science recommends that you use this product daily for 60 minutes over an eight-week period. Insight is available on CD for your home computer (Mac or PC).
- Lumosity: Lumos Lab’s website provides exercises targeting memory, attention, speed, flexibility, and problem solving. Users can design their own personalized training, including “courses” with TBI- and/or PTSD-specific content. Users have some control over what exercise they select on given day, and the content adapts to the appropriate challenge level. Lumosity is available on the web and as an iPhone app.
- Nintendo Brain Age I and II: These two products are specifically designed for the Nintendo DS, a hand-held game device. The initial assessment tests your “brain age,” which could be “70 years old” even if you are only 27. From there, you work to decrease your brain age with exercises. The program has familiar games such as Sudoku, and the difficulty adjusts for the user. Two different Nintendo DS owners can compete in games. Brain Age is only available for the Nintendo DS.
- Sharpbrains.com provides a useful checklist to use when evaluating if a brain-fitness product is right for you.