Published Research on BrainHQ and Driving Safety

Driving a car requires a lot of brainpower. One of the most important cognitive abilities for driving is “useful field of view”—the area from which you can take in information with a single glance. (At least one study has shown that a useful field of view test is more accurate than a vision test for safe driving!) Useful field of view tends to get smaller with age, meaning that we take in less of the visual field in front of us. So if a bicycle, truck, or skateboarder comes at us from the side, we might not spot it in time to slam on the brakes.

Six published papers have shown that a BrainHQ exercise—Double Decision—is a great tool for improving useful field of view and driving safety. Among other things, these studies have shown that when drivers (in some cases, drivers with slower visual processing than normal) train on Double Decision, they: ​

  • make 38% fewer dangerous driving maneuvers.1
  • improve their reaction time, allowing them time to stop the equivalent of 22 feet sooner when driving 55 miles per hour.1
  • feel more confident driving in difficult conditions (such as at night, in bad weather, or in new places).2
  • cut their at-fault crash risk by 48%.3
  • keep their license later in life.4

The exercises do this by speeding up visual processing and expanding useful field of view. And this can make the difference between a near miss and a bad crash!

Information and citations for driving-related articles

In general, these studies were conducted in cognitively healthy adults aged 65 and older, and in some cases, aged 50 and older. Remember that studies show average results, and that individual results will vary. Where published studies make reference to clinical populations, it is for informational purposes only. BrainHQ is not intended to diagnose or treat any clinical condition.
3 Cognitive training decreases motor vehicle collision involvement of older drivers
Ball et al. (2010)
Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

Study population: People 65+

2 The longitudinal impact of cognitive speed of processing training on driving mobility
Edwards et al. (2009)
The Gerontologist

Study population: People 60+ with slower processing speed

4 Cognitive speed of processing training delays driving cessation
Edwards et al. (2010)
Journal of Gerontology, Series A

Study population: People 60+ with slower processing speed

1 Speed-of-processing and driving simulator training result in improved driving performance
Roenker et al. (2003)
Human Factors

Study population: People 48+ with slower processing speed

The impact of three cognitive training programs on driving cessation across 10 years: A randomized controlled trial
Ross et al. (2017)

Study population: People 65+

The transfer of cognitive speed of processing training to older adults’ driving mobility across 5 years
Ross et al. (2016)
Journals of Gerontology, Series B

Study population: People 65+