Frequently Asked Questions
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What are the Benefits of Fit Brains?
Anyone looking to improve brain performance or maximize brain health can benefit from Fit Brains. Fit Brains combines fun and engaging brain games with specially designed tracking tools to help users of all ages maximize and round-out brain skills in an entertaining fashion. Our games have a strong foundation in science and offer a varied and complex workout across multiple areas of the brain.
Incorporating Fit Brains into your daily routine can help to preserve your brain, which contains the most important asset you have: your Life Story. Your Life Story is your identity, or collected memories of daily experiences that combine to create your very own "autobiography". Regular engagement in brain health activities can also increase your overall happiness, balance your mood, and help reduce stress and anxiety that can cloud thinking or even damage the brain.
How can Fit Brains help improve my brain health?
Fit Brains games offer a variety of well-rounded, scientifically based activities wrapped within a fun and engaging experience that is accessible even to first-time players. By offering stimulation across the spectrum of the brain, and ramping the difficulty in a way that increases the complexity of the tasks over time, brain games can offer people an effective means of brain exercise.
Our games are integrated with a broad collection of personalization tools that adjust training based on the user's skill level. We also provide Brain Fitness Metrics that measure individual performance and progress.
Brain health is more than a quick fix - it's about maintaining a lifelong, regular routine in order to maximize the benefits. At Fit Brains, we understand the importance of having fun when it comes to maintaining a positive lifestyle change. We strive to make our Brain activities engaging and polished, so it's easy for you to keep a consistent brain fitness routine.
What is the Science behind Fit Brains?
Scientists around the world are beginning to agree that stimulating the brain can improve brain power. Numerous studies have shown that activities such as interactive games can help maintain key cognitive functions.
Fit Brains was designed by Dr. Paul Nussbaum, national leader in Brain Health with over 20 years experience in the field of aging. It was developed on a foundation of existing cognitive training research, and is backed by a strong scientific Board of Advisors. Fit Brains is undertaking studies with leading research institutions to further support our work.
One of the essential concepts at the core of brain fitness is the concept of "brain reserve," which is also related to the concept of brain plasticity. At nearly any point of your life, you can strengthen your brain reserve by doing tasks that are novel and complex and that stimulate a balanced variety of areas within the brain.
Brain reserve relates to the brain's ability to physically reorganize itself in response to the demands placed upon it. A brain with a strong reserve is one that has formed many cellular connections and is rich in brain cell density. A strong reserve is generally believed to have the ability to delay the onset of mental deterioration, such as Alzheimer's Disease (AD). Simply put, mental diseases must work longer and harder to manifest in a brain that has built up strong reserve.
A healthy brain should look like a lush and vibrant jungle (as opposed to an island with a single palm tree) because it is full of cellular connections that are very dense. You might think of a mental disease like Alzheimer's as a weed-whacker which invades the brain and begins to do its damage by destroying brain cells. However, it takes AD a long time to show any impact if it has to destroy a jungle's worth of brain cell connections. In contrast, AD can manifest itself fairly quickly after infiltrating a brain with only a relatively few cellular connections.
How often should I play Fit Brains?
Brain training has different results for each person, as we all have unique brains. When you do brain activity that is varied and complex, you build stronger Brain Reserve (the links between neurons in your brain) more quickly.
We recommend you play at least one training session per day, or that you play an equivalent amount of brain training games. If you practice daily and target your weakest areas, you will likely see the biggest improvements to your brain, even as early as a week or two of practice. If you want to see how your brain is doing in each area, we recommend you look at the progress meters in the Performance Section regularly to see your overall progress as well as your strongest and weakest areas. We recommend you try to get each brain area meter as high as possible, and when they turn green, you can be sure you are doing extremely well in the corresponding brain activities.
How does the scoring work?
The xx/500 score is your performance rating for ONE of the Fit Brains Index sub-areas, such as Focus or Memory. Each area has 4 - 6 brain games within it, so each game contributes 100 points to the total. The rating is calculated from over 150 million brain game scores from all users from our apps and the website. The xxx/4700 is the combination of ALL 5 of your Fit Brains Index sub-areas, into one unified Fit Brains Index, which is an overall indication of your brain training performance. The best way to improve your overall index is to work on the areas of your brain with the lowest scores, as those generally benefit your brain the most and are usually easier to improve than your highest brain areas.
Scores generally start lower and trend upwards the more a person participates in brain training, so it is likely you will increase your percentile rankings as you play the games more and improve your overall performance ranking. Most people begin in the lower percentiles in most areas, and as their performance increases, their ranking percentile does as well.
If you practice daily and target your weakest areas, you will likely see the biggest improvements to your brain, even as early as a week or two of practice. If you want to see how your brain is doing in each area, we recommend you look at the progress meters in the Performance Section regularly to see your overall progress as well as your strongest and weakest areas. We recommend you try to get each brain area meter as high as possible, and when they turn green, you can be sure you are doing extremely well in the corresponding brain activities. The important part is to train regularly and be patient with your progress as it takes time to improve your brain.
How should I interpret the score comparison?
The percentages in the Details sub-tab of the Performace Section show how you rank with people in the same age and gender bracket as yourself (if specified). Scores generally start lower and trend upwards the more a person participates in brain training, so it is likely you will increase your percentile rankings as you play the app more and improve your overall performance ranking. Most people begin in the lower percentiles in most areas, and as their performance increases, their ranking percentile does as well.
The scores are normalized from more than a 150 million brain game results, so they represent a fairly accurate assessment of performance in each age bracket. Generally people have certain areas they are initially stronger at, but with practice, all of the brain area performance rankings improve.
How can I mute the sound effects?
To disable the sound effects you hear in the games follow these steps:
- Start playing a game.
- Tap the Sound On/Off button (Speaker Icon) to toggle the sound off.
How do I unlock the Intermediate and Advanced levels?
To unlock the Intermediate level in a game, you must achieve a score of 2500 or higher in the Beginner level.
To unlock the Advanced level, you must achieve a score of 3500 or more in the Intermediate level.
What do I get access to when I upgrade?
A Fit Brains Premium subscription provides access to ALL brain training games and 7 apps, training sessions, and performance tracking tools. In addition, you are able to use your subscription and sync your scores and data on any of your devices. Just sign in to the Fit Brains Network on your devices using your email and password.
How do Fit Brains subscriptions work?
Fit Brains subscriptions provide full access to all of the features of Fit Brains PRO. Each subscription is offered for a specific length of time (Monthly, Annually, Bi-Annually, and Lifetime). The cost for each subscription is renewed automatically at the beginning of a new subscription period unless your account is cancelled.
How do I play the Gravity Blocks game?
In Gravity Blocks you will be shown a solid shape above a similar shape made up of various blocks. The goal is to make the bottom shape look identical to the top shape by removing the necessary blocks. The blocks will fall if there are no other blocks underneath them.
How do I play the Path Finder game?
When Path Finder begins you will see yellow 'pipes' on the left side of the puzzle. These are the starting points for the puzzle. The goal is to spin the pipes required to connect the yellow starting points on the left with the end points on the right. If the pipes spun create a solid connection they will turn green.
How do I play the Sound Reaction game?
In Sound Reaction a sound will be played for you at the beginning of a round, memorize this sound. After pressing button name many different sounds will be played. Listen carefully and tap the screen when you hear the initial sound you memorized. Speech bubbles are displayed each time a sound is played but be careful, the bubbles are indicators that a sound has been played but do correlate to which sound was played.
How do I play the Clock Recall game?
In this game, memorize each time shown on the clock face. When prompted you will need to enter those times using the dials on screen. You will need to press Enter Time after you enter each time. To move the dials click and drag on the number until you reach the correct digit.
How do I play the Mahjong Match game?
Memorize the first layer of tiles that appear. When they flip over, select the matching pairs of tiles. In Intermediate and Advanced difficulties a second layer of tiles will appear over the first layer. Be sure to match the tiles on top in order to reveal the bottom layer.
How do I play the Moving Shapes game?
For the 'Moving Shapes' game, keep track of which shapes showed up on the screen first, then find them again after more shapes have been added to the screen and all shapes have moved to new locations. In the Advanced difficulty the shapes may be identical.
How do I play the Rhythm Repeat game?
In this game, listen to the provided sequence of sounds and count the number of times you hear it repeat within a larger sequence. Count how many times the short sequence repeats. Sometimes there will be distractions such as additional sounds or pauses. Do not count these unless they are part of the original provided sequence.
I have forgotten my Password.
If you forget your password, please go to the Forgot Password Page. Enter your email, and a new password will be mailed to you within a few minutes. If a new password does not arrive within 5-10 minutes, check your junk/spam folders as the email might have been redirected.
Some parts of the website do not work.
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- Tools -> Internet Options
- Click the Security tab
- Click the Custom Level button
- Make sure Active Scripting is enabled (near the bottom of the list).
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- Tools -> Preferences
- Click the tab