DIGITAL COGNITIVE EXERCISES

HappyNeuron Pro provides a variety of exercises for each domain of cognition:

 

Memory, Executive Function, Visual-Spatial Skills, Language, and Attention

HappyNeuron Pro is meant to be a tool used by therapists to help build on or rebuild the foundation of different cognitive functions that can ultimately lead to life improvement for the patient. Each exercise is designed to be engaging and relevant so that the patient can practice skills needed for everyday functioning and develop strategies to overcome obstacles.

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Executive

Functions

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Memory

10

Visual

Spatial Skills

5

Language

8

Attention

MULTI-LEVEL CAPABILITIES

Each exercise has two different types of application setup. You can pick from several different set standards of levels or you can customize it on your own. The possibilities of difficulties are endless. Just check out how different Catch the Ladybug can be.

EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONS

Executive functions are a complex set of cognitive functions responsible for planning, decision-making, regulating behavior, and inhibition of undesirable behaviors. In the front of the brain, key areas such as the dorsal-prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) are highly connected to other areas of the brain that rely on these cognitive functions. Executive functioning is important for activities, such as driving, where impulse control is of the utmost importance to prevent accidents on the road.

STRATEGIES WORKED ON

  • Thinking before acting
  • Being cognitively flexible
  • Making decisions with consequences

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MEMORY

VISUAL MEMORY

Visual information is processed in both hemispheres of the brain using a dorsal (where) and ventral (what) stream. The dorsal stream, or the “where” stream, processes the location and spatial relationships of objects in view. We use the “what” stream when we are searching our cabinets for ingredients for a recipe, or when we must distinguish between vitamins and life-sustaining medications. Both of these streams have important connections across cortical and subcortical regions of the brain, such as the hippocampus which is responsible for memory. These digital cognitive exercises help patients practice both the where and what is being stored cognitive function. 

WORKED ON STRATEGIES

  • How to identify a close friend or relative by their face
  • Distinguish what objects look like and create visual representations for later use
  • Recognize symbols and meanings behind them that occur in everyday life, such as hazard warnings

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VERBAL AND VISUAL MEMORY

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With both of our eyes, we see the world in words and pictures. Using both hemispheres of our brain, we combine images with language to derive meaning. This happens when we read newspapers, watch the news, read product labels, and decode the meanings of signs in an airport or on the road. Improving verbal and visual memory skills may help clients with cognitive impairments remember medication regimens, be able to locate themselves in space, and navigate a store to find needed groceries and items.

STRATEGIES WORKED ON

  • How to pair spoken word with a face
  • Take the name of a city and associate it with a landmark
  • Keep track of characters in a television series or during the news

SPATIAL MEMORY

Spatial memory is the process by which information is stored and retrieved about our location in space as well as our relationships to objects within our environment. We use spatial memory when we are planning how to get to the grocery store, walk to a table in a restaurant without bumping into other guests, and make decisions about how we move so that we do not fall down. Practicing strategies to remember the location of oneself and objects in one’s environment can help clients maintain their safety and not lose important items such as medications.

WORKED ON STRATEGIES

  • How to navigate a route home
  • Remember where to go in a store to get items such as milk
  • Retain information for recall about where objects are placed such as a wallet within someone’s home

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VISUAL AND SPATIAL SKILLS

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Occurring in a network of brain regions including the parietal lobes, temporal lobes, basal ganglia and prefrontal cortices, visuospatial reasoning shapes how we interact and process the environment. Processing occurs in several schemes, which are still being researched to better understand specific mechanisms of how such information is integrated and processed.

This kind of reasoning is important for object recognition, manipulation and navigation of the environment.

STRATEGIES WORKED ON

  • Identifying shapes within a picture
  • Using visual information to understand and recall rotation
  • Distinguishing locations and how to interpret distance

ATTENTION

VISUAL ATTENTION

Frontal and parietal cortical networks allow for processing of visual stimuli. Visual attention is needed for skills such as driving, where select objects within view should be attended to while distractions should be ignored.

This specific kind of attention can be damaged when lesions or damage occur along the frontoparietal network, causing people become easily distracted and overwhelmed when they have to attend to and filter visual stimuli in their environment to complete a task.

STRATEGIES WORKED ON

  • Picking out visual details
  • Filtering visual stimuli according to task relevancy
  • How to focus on a visually demanding task over time while distractions are added into the environment

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PROCESSING SPEED

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Response time or processing speed is a common measure in psychological research experiments. Clinically, processing speed is a measure of how quickly information is processed in order to achieve a desired behavior. In clinical populations, processing speed can be impacted when lesions, atrophy, and other forms of brain damage occur within cortical and subcortical regions of the brain. This can cause people to feel frustrated and act hastily in a way that is unfavorable to their safety. Working on this skill is vital to help your client be able to make quick, accurate, and precise decisions that can benefit them long-term.

STRATEGIES WORKED ON

  • Ignoring distractors
  • Engaging with an entire space
  • Listen and visually process events occurring

AUDITORY

When using these exercises, please ensure that your client allows their speakers on their device to be active as well as turn on the volume to an appropriate setting that is safely audible for your client.

Auditory processing is a complex cognitive process. Sound comes in through our ears, bounces off of our eardrums, and is relayed through nerve signals to our brain. These signals come in the forms of pitch and amplitude which activate our cerebellum. When these sounds are spoken word, these signals get relayed to our language network where sentences and words are extracted for meaning and processed in order for us to respond to. Providing cognitive remediation therapy that focuses on skills such as distinguishing relevant from irrelevant sounds, differentiating sounds from one another, and remembering what different people sound like may help your client process and remember auditory information for current and later use better.

WORKED ON STRATEGIES

  • Retaining details from a past conversation 
  • Recognizing different sounds and pairing them with the correct produce
  • Distinguish differences from auditory input

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LANGUAGE

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We rely on words to communicate ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

The language center is concentrated on the left hemisphere, but research is growing to show the role of the right hemisphere in language processing. Fluency, word retrieval, and correct language production all rely on personal knowledge of semantics, grammar, and vocabulary

STRATEGIES WORKED ON

  • Using roots to retrieve words
  • Use context clues to make logical sentences
  • Process written material for later use

Page last updated on Jul 8,2020

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