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CogniFit - Processing speed

What is the processing speed?

Processing speed is one of the most important elements of the cognitive process and is therefore of the utmost importance for the following skills: learning, academic performance, intellectual development, reasoning and experience.

Processing speed is a cognitive skill that is called The time it takes a person to perform a mental task can be defined. She's hanging with that Speed ​​with which a person can understand and respond to information received, regardless of whether this is recorded visually (letters and numbers), aurally (language) or in the form of movement. In other words: The processing speed is the time that elapses after receiving the stimulus until we respond to it.

Slow processing speed is not related to intelligence, which means that one condition does not presuppose the other. Slow processing speed means that certain tasks are more difficult to complete, such as reading, math, listening and taking notes, or holding conversations. This can also affect executive functions as a person with a slow processing speed has difficulty planning, setting goals, making decisions, starting tasks, paying attention, and so on.

Processing speed requires the ability to easily perform easy tasks that have already been learned. This refers to the ability to process information automatically, which means that it can be processed quickly and unconsciously. The faster the processing speed, the more efficiently you think and learn.

The processing speed is the time that elapses after receiving the information until understanding and the beginning of the answer.

Examples of cognitive processing speed

Processing speed is required to recognize simple visual patterns; for visual exploration; for tests that require simple decisions; for basic math problems; the handling of numbers or for logical thinking under pressure.

Some examples of slow processing speeds: It takes you an hour to do a task that could be done in 30 minutes? Do you find it difficult to follow instructions or plan a specific activity, especially if you don't have a lot of time to do it? Are you bad at exams even though you know the material?

Disorders and diseases related to a slow processing speed

A slow processing speed is structurally not a learning disorder and not an attention problem. There is also no connection to intelligence, however all learning phases are impaired. When we talk about slow processing speed, it must be remembered that this can have various effects on learning disorders, such as ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia or an auditory processing disorder.

This can affect tasks like goal planning, problem solving, or perseverance with personal goals.

The processing speed is often also reduced in the case of disorders of the autistic spectrum and other diseases such as dementia or schizophrenia.

How can one determine deficits in the cognitive processing speed?

With the complete neuropsychological evaluation, there is the possibility of obtaining reliable results about the processing speed of the users.

CogniFit can precisely determine the general cognitive state of the users with the special cogitive assessment battery (CAB). This evaluation battery consists of a series of cognitive tests designed to analyze processing speed.

To evaluate the processing speed, we use a specific testwho on the classic Conners Test (CPT) and the Indirect and Direct Digit Test of the Weschler Memory Scale (WMS) builds up.

The test was developed to automatically record the processing speed. It is assumed that the better the processing speed, the more efficient it is to learn new information. It is about receiving information, understanding it and generating an answer. If the results are weak in this area, the ability to make decisions, the executive functions and the ability to follow instructions are also significantly impaired.

In addition to processing speed, these tasks also comprehensively analyze other cognitive skills related to processing speed. These include, for example, working memory and visual short-term memory.

Can cognitive processing speed be improved?

Like all other cognitive skills processing speed can also be trained, learned and improved. CogniFit can help. The basis for improving processing speed lies in the development of meta-cognitive strategies.

The key to improving processing speed is building more solid connections in the brain that allow signals to travel faster. Even though most of these neural connections are made in childhood, training and practice can maintain them and thereby improve processing speed.

Because of neuroplasticity, the brain is able to change its structures and functions. Neuroplasticity allows us to make new neural connections and form more neural networks. This can also improve cognitive functions.

Neuroscience and brain plasticity studies have shown us that neural networks get stronger the more you use them, which can also be transferred to the processing speed.

CogniFit helps perform a complete neurocognitive assessment that analyzes processing speed. Depending on the result, the cognitive exercises are adapted to the personal profile in order to improve the cognitive processing speed.

CogniFit's neuropsychological cognitive assessment and stimulation program was developed by a team of neurologists and cognitive psychologists who study the processes of synaptic plasticity and neurogenesis. You only need 15 minutes a day, 2 to 3 times a week, to stimulate your cognitive abilities and processes.

This program is available online. The various interactive exercises are presented as entertaining brain jogging games that can be played on a computer or tablet. After each session, CogniFit informs you about the progress with detailed graphics.

CogniFit's online exercise battery has been shown to promote the creation of new synapses and neural networks that help reorganize and regain the functions of the most impaired cognitive areas. This also includes the processing speed.