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MindFit by CogniFit, and Baroness Susan Greenfield

We are glad to see that Mind­Fit is finally mak­ing it into the pop­u­lar press, at least in the UK. The pro­gram is mak­ing big news in the UK (BBC, Times, Daily Telegragh, Guardian…) because Baroness Susan Green­field, direc­tor of the Royal Insti­tu­tion and a well-respected neu­ro­sci­en­tist, is endors­ing it. We eval­u­ated it last year andTwo In One Task liked what we saw, based on our 10-Question Check­list. Now, remem­ber that no pro­gram is “best”, but that dif­fer­ent pro­grams can be more appro­pri­ate for spe­cific peo­ple and spe­cific goals, so read the check­list first and take a lot at other pro­grams too if you are in the mar­ket for “brain training”.

Mind­Fit is a software-based assess­ment and train­ing pro­gram for 14 cog­ni­tive skills impor­tant for healthy aging. We typ­i­cally rec­om­mend it for peo­ple over 50 (up to any age, you sim­ply need to know how to use a com­puter and a mouse) who want a novel and var­ied men­tal workout.

The pro­gram has 21 exer­cises that train 14 cog­ni­tive skills. The pro­gram only works in Win­dows systems.

Below you have some demos, so you get a sense of the types of exer­cises we are talk­ing about. Have fun!

Inside and Outside Task

The “Inside and Out­side” task was designed to train your divided atten­tion skills. Divided atten­tion is the abil­ity to pay atten­tion to more than one thing at a time.

Two In One Task

The “Two in One” task was designed to train your abil­ity to per­form two tasks simultaneously.

Picasso Task

The “Picasso” task is an exam­ple of how the Mind­Fit pro­gram trains your visual short-term mem­ory, as well as your abil­ity to rebuild a pat­tern from its parts.

Susan Green­field is a direc­tor of MindWeavers, the dis­trib­u­tor of Mind­Fit in the United King­dom. The pro­gram was devel­oped in Israel by Cog­niFit.

Pre­vi­ous related posts:

Mind­Fit and Posit Sci­ence in the Wall Street Journal’s “Putting Brain Exer­cises to the Test”

Awards and events this week: Mind­Fit, Posit Sci­ence, Seri­ous Games, Baby Boomers, Aging

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  1. […] Mind­Fit by Cog­niFit, and Baroness Susan Green­field: a brain fit­ness pro­gram start­ing to get trac­tion in Europe. […]

  2. linda says:

    hard to do the fast mouse click tasks when you’re using a lap­top with a fin­ger pad, rather than a proper click mouse. Have the exer­cises been designed with this method of click­ing in mind, or just the hand/mouse click action?

  3. Alvaro says:

    Hello Linda,

    1) the exer­cises were opti­mized for an exter­nal mouse

    2) still, you can use them with a fin­ger pad (as I do too when I fly). Yes, more dif­fi­cult, but the point is that with prac­tice you improve.

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