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Memorado has initiated the Global Cognition Initiative (GCI) with the aim to help advance the understanding of human cognitive abilities

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Advancing the understanding of human cognitive abilities

The Global Cognition Initiative (GCI)

is an open-source, collaborative research initiative. It connects Memorado's in-house scientists with scientists, researchers, practitioners and teachers around the world who are interested in the research on cognition.

PD Dr. Strobach and Prof. Dr. Huestegge

from University of Hagen / Humboldt-University of Berlin and University of Wuerzburg are two of the scientists currently working with Memorado. We are research focused and looking for you to join us in building a strong research community.

Scientists

Your advantages as a researcher:

  • Free access to the Memorado Training Program
  • Free use of in depth analytics tools
  • Access to anonymized data and statistics on
    • Games and Workout performance
      • In various cognitive tasks
      • At various times of the day
      • At stratified engagement levels
      • For different age groups
      • By gender
    • Longitudinal data on user progression

Researchers from all over the world

have joined GCI to conduct scientific studies on cognition based in cooperation with Memorado. If you are interested too, feel free to get in touch.

Foundations of brain training

Building on insights from the finest research

Dr. Susanne Jaeggi

Immense improvement in the field of fluid intelligence

In this paper, Dr. Susanne Jaeggi and her colleagues present evidence that training your working memory improves fluid intelligence. This means that the improvements do not only occur in the specific task that is trained, but also transfer to other tasks. Before this study, it was commonly believed that intelligence could not be trained but was genetically given. Fluid intelligence is important for various cognitive tasks as well as for learning.


Title: Improving fluid intelligence with training on working memory

Researchers: Susanne Jaeggi, Martin Buschkuehl, John Jonides, Walter Perring

University of Michigan: Cognitive Neuroimaging Labs

Published in: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, PNAS2008105(19)6829-6833

Source: http://www.pnas.org/content/105/19/6829

Prof. Dr. Lindenberger

Progress in all fields of cognitive capability

This study conducted by the Max-Planck-Institute in cooperation with Humboldt-University in Berlin examined 101 young adults and 103 seniors as they took part in a daily brain training program for 100 days. The researchers discovered not only improvements in the individual exercises, the participants also showed progress in their general cognitive capability. This means the participants demonstrated improvements in tasks that were not related to the exercises they trained in the program.


Title: Keeping It Steady

Researchers: F. Schmiedek, M. Lövdén, U. Lindenberger

Published in: Psychological Science

Source: http://pss.sagepub.com/content/24/9/1747

For further information, please do not hesitate to contact the Memorado Science Team: science@memorado.com

Our studies


Current study: Cognitive behavior by time of day

Our Science Team has analyzed our users' training habits in order to determine when they prefer training during the day and at what time they perform best. This study also examines whether different types of tasks show different performance patterns. If you would like to get involved in the Memorado reseach program, or simply want to find out more, please contact: science@memorado.com


Background


Methods

  • Participants chosen for this analysis are aged 18 and older.
  • Only participants from Germany, Austria and Switzerland were chosen due to time zone differences in other countries.
  • A variety of 20 exercises were chosen to account for all areas of brain training.

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Summary

When are the games played the most?
Pamięć
Frequency memory
Prędkość
Frequency speed
Reakcja
Frequency reaction
Koncentracja
Frequency concentration
Logika
Frequency logic

Maximum difference between 8 am and 8 pm is 2.3% (concentration) Two notable peaks are around 9 am and 4 pm.

When do users perform best?
Pamięć
Performance memory
Prędkość
Performance speed
Reakcja
Performance reaction
Koncentracja
Performance concentration
Logika
Performance logic

Discussion

There are a few aspects that can be examined in a further study. Do the popularity or game scores differ between the various age groups or between genders? Further studies should also examine at what time of day a user shows the most improvement and whether these improvements also occur with untrained tasks.

References

  • Kyriacou, C. P., & Hastings, M. H. (2010). Circadian clocks : genes , sleep , and cognition. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 14(6), 259–267.
  • Wyatt, J. K., Cecco, A. R., Czeisler, C. A., Dijk, D., Wyatt, J. K., Cecco, A. R., Czeisler, C. A., et al. (1999). Circadian temperature and melatonin rhythms , sleep , and neurobehavioral function in humans living on a 20-h day. American Journal of Physiology, 277, R1152–1163.