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 teachers says, nor do you have any need to remember that conversation. Focusing your attention is essential for success in the class.
Unfortunately, attentional focus is something that can suffer as part of normal aging or for a variety of other reasons. But 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:
- significantly change brain behavior in ways that improve selective visual attention (paying attention to important information and filtering out unimportant information)
- improve spatial attention