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How Brain Training Games Improve Cognitive Flexibility

brain training gamesHow Brain Training Games Improve Cognitive Flexibility

Cognitive flexibility or conscious mental activities like thinking, remembering, learning and understanding refers to the ability to think about multiple aspects simultaneously. Although the definition can vary, one defined consistency is that cognitive flexibility is an element of executive functioning. The formal definition of executive functioning is the broad term for the neurologically-based skills that involves mental self-regulation and control in order to achieve a goal.

Now when it comes to research, measuring cognitive flexibility includes a wide array of variable tests such as A-not-B task, Cognitive Flexibility Inventory (CFI), Dimensional Change Card Sorting Task, Multidimensional Card Selection Task, the Stroop Test and the Wisconsin Card Sorting Task. Additionally, studies like the Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) have shown that specific brain regions are stimulated when a person participates in certain cognitive flexibility tasks. The brain regions include the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC), basal ganglia, posterior parietal cortex (PPC) and the prefrontal cortex (PFC).

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By | March 13th, 2015|C8Healthcare, C8Parents, C8Schools, Case Studies|Comments Off on How Brain Training Games Improve Cognitive Flexibility

Harvard University Working Memory Case Study Published

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“Building the Brain’s Air Traffic Control System”: A Harvard University Working Memory Case Study

A recently released Harvard University working memory case study thoroughly and exhaustively investigated the way in which early experiences shape the development of executive function in the human brain. To call the study “exhaustive” is really an understatement; with some 11,000-plus words devoted to the core material, it would take a great deal of time to go through every aspect of these pages…but we’ll do our best within the context of this blog to break down the essential ingredients of the study into a more compact summary.

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By | August 25th, 2014|C8Schools, Case Studies, News|Comments Off on Harvard University Working Memory Case Study Published

Client Profile: Palm Beach County Christa McAuliffe Middle School

helping students with adhd in the classroom

How C8 Sciences is Helping Students with ADHD in the Classroom – Like Those in Palm Beach County’sChrista McAuliffe Middle School – Through its Innovative ACTIVATE Program

Cognitive training has helped children with ADHD overcome barriers by increasing their attention, memory and processing speeds. Leading entities such as C8 Sciences understand that these skills are necessary not only inside the classroom, but out. Across America, students such as those attending Christa McAuliffe Middle School in Palm Beach County, Florida have been using an innovative cognitive cross-training program to enhance “executive function” skills critical in the classroom. Marketed by Connecticut-based C8 Sciences, the program known as ACTIVATE™  is designed by a leading neuroscientist in an NIH-funded research program at the Yale School of Medicine, for the purpose of targeting eight critical areas of executive function: Sustained Attention, Working Memory, Speed of Processing, Response Inhibition, Cognitive Flexibility, Category Formation, Pattern Recognition and Multiple Simultaneous Attention. […]

By | March 20th, 2014|Case Studies|Comments Off on Client Profile: Palm Beach County Christa McAuliffe Middle School

Harlem, NY: Early identification moves struggling kids into the mainstream.


Difficult Circumstances

Harlem’s Ralph Bunche Elementary School, PS 125, is a neighborhood school serving a student body that is high-poverty (80% participate in the Free/Reduced Price Lunch Program) and diverse (45% African American, 40% Hispanic, 5% Asian, 4% White).  In 2011, just 26% of grade 3 students scored proficient in Language Arts, and just 44% in math. […]

By | October 8th, 2012|Case Studies|Comments Off on Harlem, NY: Early identification moves struggling kids into the mainstream.

Reading Scores Increase and Hidden Talents Unveiled in the City


Difficult Circumstances:

Brooklyn’s Elijah Stroud Elementary School, PS 316 is a neighborhood school serving a student body that reflects economic diversity and multi-cultural backgrounds (95% participate in the Free/Reduced Price Lunch Program,, 88% are African American, 7% Hispanic).  In 2011, just 26% of grade 3 students scored proficient in Language Arts, and just 42% in math. […]

By | July 12th, 2012|Case Studies|Comments Off on Reading Scores Increase and Hidden Talents Unveiled in the City

Students in C8Kids More Likely to See Large Gains on Test Scores


Implementation Setting

Helen Street Elementary School is a neighborhood elementary school in the city of Hamden.  The student body is comprised of 45% African American, 23% white, and 23% Hispanic students – more than half of the students receiving free or reduced-price lunch.  Helen Street is not the lowest performing school in Hamden, Connecticut, “…but we’re in the bottom group and have been for years,” […]

By | May 24th, 2012|Case Studies|Comments Off on Students in C8Kids More Likely to See Large Gains on Test Scores

Integrated Brain and Body Exercises Enhance Cognitive Capacities

Implementation Setting:

Twenty-two children (6 to 10 years old, 10 boys) participated in a 4-week program with two 45-minute computer periods and two 45-minute exercise periods each day at the Chinese National Sports University in Beijing after parents provided informed written consent consistent with University procedures. […]

By | May 23rd, 2012|Case Studies|Comments Off on Integrated Brain and Body Exercises Enhance Cognitive Capacities

Students in C8Kids Double Working Memory, Improve Test Scores


Commitment to Cognitive Skills Development

School leaders in Bristol, Connecticut were willing to test new and innovative ideas in their quest to give all students a solid foundation in the skills they need to be successful in school.   When they learned of the opportunity to pilot C8Kids, a new program designed to improve cognition in young children based on Yale School of Medicine research, they were the first school in the U.S. to sign up. […]

By | May 22nd, 2012|Case Studies|Comments Off on Students in C8Kids Double Working Memory, Improve Test Scores

C8 Sciences Program Riveting and “Cool” for Kids in New Haven Reads

New Haven Reads was founded out of one woman’s desire for more literacy in the city of New Haven, Connecticut. In 2001, Christine Alexander started by giving away free books and later added free after-school tutoring. Today, 300-plus New Haven Reads tutors work with over 400 kids during the school year. […]

By | November 1st, 2011|Case Studies|Comments Off on C8 Sciences Program Riveting and “Cool” for Kids in New Haven Reads