It has been announced today that Rosetta Stone has acquired Vivity Labs, Inc. (creator of Fit Brains’ successful portfolio of brain training products). The close connection between language learning and brain training makes our company a natural strategic fit for Rosetta Stone, which is continuing its rapid expansion beyond language learning and into adjacent categories of technology-driven education.
The rapid expansion of the brain fitness category underscores a new public desire for maintaining and enhancing cognitive health. According to a 2012 study by SharpBrains, a research firm that tracks the sector, the market for brain health software grew from $295 million in annual revenues in 2009 to more than $480 million at the end of last year. Experts estimate that the market will exceed $3 billion by 2020. With the support of Rosetta Stone’s revered brand and global distribution network, we anticipate an exciting new phase of growth for Fit Brains!
We can’t wait to start working with Rosetta Stone & continue to build great brain training & educational products for you!
Fit Brains Trainer Version 2.0 has just been released! If you haven’t downloaded or updated your app, you should do it now as this version comes with great, new features! Click HERE to download the app now!
First thing you may notice is there is a completely brand new look & feel for the app; this version is completely optimized for iOS7. The app is now even more user-friendly, you will notice smoother manoeuvring with motions & swipes in games.
We have also optimized the scoring system with new scientific data, historical statistics, and calculation algorithms. Your Fit Brains Index scores will now be more accurate & detailed than ever as you track your brain performance progresses.
Finally, for now and the future, all of our existing & upcoming apps will be connected in one big system. You will be able to log-in to your Fit Brains account on any device and your scores will be connected on all apps. This means you will be able to use different apps and improve your overall scores across all the Fit Brains apps you have! But more on this later….stay tuned
We hope you have been seeing improvements in your brain performance with your Fit Brains Trainer app. Take a look at the column on the right for all our brain health apps for you to download & use! Happy brain training!
Introducing Fit Brains: Cognitive Assessment — a FREE app to measure your brain performance levels & emotional functioning, complete with detailed feedback & improvement suggestions!
Download this app if you would like to test your cognitive abilities in different areas of the brain. After completing the test, you will receive a Cognitive Health Score with detailed feedback & suggestions on 7 brain skills:
Memory: Free Recall
Memory: Delayed Recall
Use the recommendations this app provides to improve your brain health, and train your brain to be stronger with our original Fit Brains Trainer app. You can then re-take the assessment periodically to measure your improvements & compare your historical trends.
Did you know socializing can boost your brain health?
Connecting with friends & family is one of the easiest ways to maintain a novel environment for our brains. Friends & family provide opportunities to communicate, interact, and share experiences. They also provide the necessary motivation to stay mentally active and involved.
Socializing and sustaining a social network can seem difficult or daunting, but keeping in touch can be as easy as picking up your phone! If you’re having trouble getting started, how about trying these 6 simple steps…
Your Game Plan for a Strong Social Network:
Open your address book – Search your brain, book, or phone for your list of contacts.
Pick your priorities – Categorize your contacts into 3 groups: Family & closest friends, Good friends, Casual acquaintances.
Make a plan to connect – Based on your priorities, determine some people you want to connect with weekly, monthly, quarterly or yearly and mark reminders in your calendar.
Follow through – Contact them in advance to schedule the get-togethers. If they’re not there, leave a message.
Reschedule – If your friend or family member can’t make it, plan another day to reconnect.
Did you know Fit Brains Trainer is also a very useful app and excellent tool for students?
High school, college, grad school students listen up:Fit Brains Trainer can help you work out & train the crucial brain areas you use when you learn, study, and take exams!
The games you play will automatically adapt to your skill level and recommendations will be given based on your strengths & weaknesses. You will be able to track your performance with tools & progress charts, and compare & compete with peers to improve your scores! Most useful of all, you can target your training at different brain areas you know you need to improve.
All Fit Brains games are categorized into the 5 major brain areas of Memory, Speed, Concentration, Problem-Solving, and Visual. Below are some tips to help you find out what brain area you should focus on:
Play Fit Brains Memory games if you need help remembering exam notes, remembering presentation speeches, and recalling what your professor taught in class,
Play Fit Brains Speed games if you constantly run out of time to write exams, if you want to answer questions faster when a professor calls on you, or if you want to improve your processing time and skill when reading textbooks.
Play Fit Brains Concentration gamesif you have a hard time focusing on studying, if you constantly fall asleep in class, or if your mind wanders around a lot when writing exams.
Play Fit Brains Problem-Solving games if you want to get better at noticing issues and problems, analysing information, and finding effective solutions in a timely manner.
Play Fit Brains Visual games if you need to improve on identifying differences visually. These games are most useful for students that consistently need to look at highly visual details or images, and students that look at charts and fluctuating numbers on a daily basis.
What are you waiting for? Download the app now, ace your exams, & challenge your friends for the fittest brain!
I wrote a short piece many years ago describing my ideas of the school really being a brain health center. I also wrote about learning providing a type of “vaccine” for the brain to help fight off disease. I still believe in these ideas and over the past 10 years research has discovered findings on the human brain that support such speculation.
President Obama has initiated with politicians on both sides of the aisle a brain- mapping program that will allocate funds from the 2014 budget for exploration of the human brain. There is another legislative idea being promoted that will allocate money for educating our teachers about mental health and behavior in their students.
The latter is certainly guided by the recent school shooting tragedy, but such initiatives provide a wonderful opportunity for a basic foundational understanding of the human brain and behavior to be taught to all those who teach and work in our schools. Such an understanding can have a profound impact on teacher-student relations, teaching methodology, identification of potential behavioral risk factors, amelioration of problems before they escalate, and a deeper understanding of how environment can shape the brain.
I have had the great pleasure of working with many schools and districts across the United States teaching about the human brain and brining a “brain healthy culture” to the school. In essence, helping to turn the school into a Brain Health Environment. There are so many basic things we can do to facilitate such an environment and the students and teachers get motivated and excited by such innovation.
I hope to be more involved with schools across the United States and abroad to bring a basic understanding of the human brain and a brain health culture to the schools. It is important that we apply the research findings of the human brain to our classrooms and schools so that we not only can help in the area of mental illness, but that we nurture all brains to be the best they can be!
Following up on my previous blog on the brain and the importance of keeping peace and harmony in the brain is a new study that indicates stress can cause damage to the brain.
Living a stressful life has been found to atrophy the cortex of the brain, the critical part that processes information consciously. Stress also can cause damage in areas of the brain the regulate emotion.
A lead researcher with Yale University observed 100 healthy participants using MRI scans while they answered questions about potentially traumatic life events, including the loss of loved one, job or home. The authors found a direct relationship between the experience of stressful life events and structural changes in the brain. This supports other research on chronic stress and structural changes and functional changes, particularly memory function in the brain.
Overall, the growing body of research on the impact of stress on the body and brain demands we all take time to care for ourselves and create periods of the day that are stress free.