Published Research on BrainHQ and Attention
The ability to focus your attention on what matters—and equally important, to ignore what doesn’t—is even more important than you might think. When you can focus your attention on a conversation (while filtering out distracting background noise) and on the visual world around you (so you can quickly spot what you need and dismiss what you don’t), it helps you feel sharp, connected, and on top. What’s more, focusing your attention helps your brain pump chemicals that improve learning and memory.
It’s essential that your brain decide what it notices, learns, and remembers, and what it can let go. For example, if you’re taking a Spanish class, you want to be able to focus on what the teacher tells you so you can respond to it and learn it. You don’t want the distracting conversation other students are having next to you to prevent you from learning what the teacher says, nor do you have any need to remember that conversation. Focusing your attention is essential for success in the class.
Multiple papers on BrainHQ exercises have now shown that training with BrainHQ can improve attention, both by helping you focus and by helping you filter out what doesn’t matter to you. Among other things, these studies have shown that using certain BrainHQ exercises can:
- Drive improvements in people’s ability to notice targets in their peripheral vision1
- Enhance people’s ability to focus on relevant information while ignoring distractions2
- Significantly change brain activation in regions relevant to behavior in ways that improve selective visual attention (shifting and re-orienting the focus of attention)3