NeuroTracker

NeuroTracker is an adaptive 3D perceptual-cognitive training tool designed to improve memory, attention, decision-making and awareness. Functional brain scans reveal that NeuroTracker training sustainably increases brainwave peak frequencies associated with heightened alertness and learning capacity. Peer reviewed research shows that NeuroTracker training significantly enhances attention, executive function, working memory and processing speed.

It is helpful to a wide range of people from those with attention and impulse control problems, learning disabilities, autism, and aging. However, it is also frequently used by those seeking optimal performance – such as professional athletes. Some of the professional athletic and military organizations using NeuroTracker include Manchester United, Golden State Warriors, French Rugby Federation, and the Canadian Special Forces.

What to Expect

Clients sit in front of a large 3-D capable screen and put on 3-D anaglyph glasses. The game reveals eight balls. Depending on the level of difficulty and the cognitive area of focus one wishes to train, between 1 and 4 balls (of 8, total) changes color indicating that they are targets to be tracked. The balls then move in the virtual 3-D environment, bouncing off the walls of the virtual box and each other for six seconds. The client then must identify which of the balls were indicated at the beginning of the round. It is much harder than it sounds!

As your skill improves, the game gets more difficult by changing parameters such as the speed and angle of deflection. Initially, one plays the game while quietly seated. Over time, advanced players may play while standing on a balance board, while engaged in other attention requiring activities, such as catching a ball.

Cognitive Areas of Focus

Selective Attention – The ability to focus on a specific thing, to the exclusion of distractions;

Sustained Attention – The ability to maintain that focus for an extended period;

Divided Attention – The ability to selectively attend to multiple loci at once, and quickly shift from one to the other;

Inhibition – The ability to ignore irrelevant stimuli;

Response Control and Attention – Controlling impulsivity, “drifting off” and “tuning out”;

Working Memory – The ability to retain and transform information over a short time span; and,

Processing Speed – Literally, the time required to consciously integrate perceptual stimuli.

NeuroTracker and the Pros

Are you looking for a competitive edge?

A New York Times article from 2017 showed that NeuroTracker “has spread to more than 550 elite training facilities around the globe, representing a vast and diverse sporting landscape. Matt Ryan, who is second in the NFL in passing yards and touchdowns this season, said he trained with NeuroTracker at least three times a week.” The article continues, “Manchester United quietly spent $80,000 to install a NeuroTracker setup in its facility. U.S. Soccer has tested more than 7,000 youth players on it since 2014. The same program is used by hockey teams including the Vancouver Canucks, and by the IMG Academy, where football prospects train before the NFL draft.”

NeuroTracker and the Rest of Us

  • In a group of students severely impaired with inattention and impulsivity, three weeks of training for five-minutes with NeuroTracker improved speed thresholds by 61% as well as significant improvements in visual and auditory measures.
  • After only 15 sessions of NeuroTracker, a study showed a 43% improvement (strong significance) after training with Neurotracker. Learning rates are particularly strong in this group, as executive function, attention, and working memory are at the core of developing intellectual capacity.
  • In a group of students with autism, 15 sessions of Neurotracker yielded a 64% increase on an attentional non-verbal task.
  • A 2016 case study involving an 80-year old man with memory complaints showed tremendous improvements across multiple assessments after training with NeuroTracker for four months. The study reported the man having improved attention, memory, quality of life, and self-confidence.

NeuroTracker at Home

We have a version of the game that can be played at home via a webpage. Each subscription is good for three months – play as much as you like and renew if you would like to continue. We send you home with 3-D glasses and off you go!

Additional Reading

Beauchamp, P., & Faubert, J. (2011). Visual Perception Training: Cutting Edge Psychophysics and 3D Technology Applied to Sport Science. High Performance SIRCuit: e-Journal.–2011.

Tullo, D., Faubert, J., & Bertone, A. (2017). The cognitive benefits of NeuroTracker training across neurodevelopmental disorders: Who benefits from training attention with multiple object-tracking?. Journal of Vision17(10), 1307-1307.