MindFit is a computer program that has been specifically designed for adults who wish to actively maintain a vital, agile and vigorous mind. The program is designed for use on a Microsoft Windows based computer; it is easy to use and requires minimal computer knowledge. MindFit is based on scientific studies of the adaptability of the adult human brain which have shown that training can bring about an improvement in mental abilities. The software is geared to the adult population and instructions are given both as written directions and verbally. There is a self-assessment section followed by a training section with varied, challenging tasks.
The self-assessment takes about one hour and is divided into three sittings. The results of the assessment are compared to norms to determine the strengths and weakness of the user. It must be emphasized that the whole process is anonymous for maximum protection of the individual's privacy.
The Individualized Training System (ITS)
Each practice session lasts for about 20 minutes and is made up of three tasks. It is recommended to train 3 times a week. The complete training program includes 24 practice sessions which are then repeated two additional times in their entirety. At the conclusion of this almost nine-month training period the user is then provided with a task pool for lifelong brain training and fitness. In addition, MindFit provides the user with information about the cognitive skills being exercised in each task and their relevance to every day functioning.
A great deal of behavioral research has shown that practicing cognitive skills encourages their preservation and development even at a very advanced age. Research into cognitive reserves found that the more education people had and the more their minds were occupied, the less they suffered from age-related decline. Research on "successful aging" has shown that people, who remain intellectually active and engage in hobbies, reduce the risk of Alzheimer's disease by one third. All of these facts show that cognitive training - exercising your brain - may "immunize" your brain against decline in memory, concentration and information processing.
MindFit and Back on Track exercises have been developed by a professional team of psychologists and computer specialist. They are all based on the most recent research into brain function and brain plasticity, which show that computer based training can improve the cognitive function of people of any age.
The touchpad integrated with most notebook computers is not adequate for testing of hand-eye coordination. If your notebook computer does not have an external mouse, you will need one.