Brain training is an essential part of keeping your brain healthy.
Neuroscience has proved without a doubt that our brain is able to continue changing and creating new neuropathways during all our life. There are five types of brain training recognized by neuropsychologists today: cognitive therapy, meditation, biofeedback, computer-based brain training software and in-person one-on-one brain training.
It is based on the hypothesis that the way people perceive the events in their life influences their behaviors and emotions. The therapist’s aim is to make the patient learn cognitive and behavioral skills to modify his/her dysfunctional thinking and actions. To make it the therapist uses a special type of talk therapy that helps the client to train his/her brain to think in a better positive manner. Cognitive therapy has proved to be effective in many studies and contexts such as depression, insomnia, weight loss, high levels of anxiety and others.
You may be surprised to find meditation among brain training techniques. In fact, meditation has been shown to improve some specific cognitive functions, for example attention. That’s why it can be considered as a brain training method. It can help to train the brain through focusing on certain thoughts or mantras. There a lot of different styles of meditation: concentration meditation, mantra, mindfulness meditation, body relaxation, breathing practice, mental imagery.
Biofeedback hardware devices are aimed to measure in graphs various physiological variables such as skin conductivity or heart rate variability. With the help of it the users can learn to self-adjust in the areas that need to be strengthened. It has been used for decades in medicine. Recently biofeedback has emerged in different applications for those who want to learn how to manage stress. Neurofeedback is considered to be within biofeedback.
In-person one-on-one brain training
In-person one-on-one brain training is aimed to help the student be successful by using a special set of exercises implemented in a structured approach. Such trainings are very intensive. They can be used individually to help every person to satisfy his/her personal unique needs as well as software based programs. Such kind of brain training is very effective.
Computer-based brain training software
Computer-based software includes everything from Nintendo’s brain age to the programs that can be found only in clinics that get them through certification and licensing. Software brain training programs are used to improve a specific cognitive skill or for overall brain integration and improvement. Brain training applications are becoming more and more popular as they exercise the player’s brain in a fun and entertaining way. The developers of such programs claim that regular use of such kind of games helps your brain to stay fit and improve memory, concentration, attention and other cognitive skills.