Cognitive Tests

Microgate has long been working together with the American company Posit Science to bring the suite of their cognitive tests called BrainHQ to WittySEM smart semaphores.

BrainHQ is in fact a brain training program built and tested by an international team of more than 100 neuroscientists and other experts in the field. The exercises, which are played out on a PC or tablet, are not “video games", but something (which has been demonstrated scientifically with magnetic resonance imaging of the brain and by more than 170 publications) able to train different cognitive skills.

This idea stems from the basic concept of neuroplasticity, recently introduced in neuroscience, which indicates the capacity of the brain and of the entire nervous system to change ("plasticity") and optimize its structure at any age, in response to a variety of intrinsic and extrinsic factors.

Microgate has taken six of these exercises and developed them to be executed on WittySEM semaphores, where in addition to cognitive capabilities it is possible to add a motor aspect: not only because in order to give the answer you need to use part of the body and not just the hand guiding the mouse, but also because the athletic trainer or physiotherapist can separate each answer with a specific movement.

A classic pattern for example is that of leaping (or making a well-defined movement) before going to "answer” the current test on the semaphore. Or of making a movement related to the sport or activity we are involved in (e.g. dribbling a basketball, loading a weapon, etc.)

This is why we have coined the term "Cognition in Motion"… because the movement-thought combination is something you can train and improve!

The 6 tests we have chosen stem from 3 main categories targeted specifically at training different cognitive skills.

ATTENTION

SPEED (BRAIN SPEED)

INTELLIGENCE

Each of our attention exercises has been created to stimulate the brain’s ability to focus. The speed with which the brain is able to analyze events determines the effectiveness of the reaction and the ability to remember them. The ability to govern complex reasoning requires quickly and simultaneously managing different pieces of information.

01 Divided Attention

02 Double Decision

03 Mixed Signals

04 Hawk Eye

05 Eye for Detail

06 Juggle


Number of Semaphores and their Positioning

The number of semaphores normally needed to carry out the test varies from a minimum of 4 up to 8.

They can be used on supports such as our Witty Frame, on ordinary tripods supplied as a standard accessory or attached onto another support such as wall bars.

In the description of the various tests, we will provide a recommended configuration on the minimum number and on how to position them, but it will be for you to adapt the setup to the specificity of the athletic gesture or rehabilitation; for example an ice hockey goalie is hardly going to work with semaphores set high up, but will instead prefer a setup in an "arc" that mimics his usual gesture.

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Test Execution

To execute a standard and preconfigured cognitive type of test, from the main menu select Test > Predefined Tests > Cognitive Tests

All 30 of Microgate's predefined tests (6 tests x 5 levels) will be listed

 

PLEASE REFER TO USER MANUAL, CHAPTER 4.4.6 FOR FURTHER DETAILS.