Cognitive-Perceptual Research

Cognitive-Perceptual Research

Cognitive-perceptual training has been shown to be an effective means of improving cognitive functioning and boosting peak mental performance.

Cognitive-Perceptual Training Research

Cognitive-perceptual training has been shown to be an effective means of improving cognitive functioning and boosting peak mental performance. At Zone Performance Psychology, we use evidence-based, proven technology to help our clients reach their goals. The scientific articles listed here demonstrate the wide range of abilities our technology can be used to improve. While we have prepared concise summaries of each article for ease of access, we have also included links to review each original research paper.

Cognitive-Perceptual Assessment Research

In addition to being an excellent method of enhancing cognitive performance, cognitive-perceptual technology can also be used to provide comprehensive assessments. At Zone Performance, our clinical and peak performance training programs always begin by taking objective measurements of a client’s cognitive & perceptual abilities. This allows us to develop training and treatment programs specifically customized to meet your needs. Our cognitive-perceptual technology allows us to assess:

  • Athletic performance
  • Concussion and traumatic brain injury (TBI)
  • Visual abilities (eg. depth perception, reaction time, peripheral vision, etc.)
  • Visuomotor speeds

Definitions of commonly used terms in Cognitive-Perceptual training and research:

  • 3D Multiple Object Tracking: the visual tracking of three-dimensional objects on a screen or projector. Often done through the use of 3D glasses.
  • Visual tracking speed: the speed at which an individual is able to visually track one or more moving objects
  • Stereopsis: perception of depth and 3D structure resulting from visual information derived from both eyes
  • Visual contrast sensitivity: the accuracy with which an individual identifies differences in visual contrast 
  • Near/far alternating (near/far quickness or Convergence & Divergence): the speed and accuracy with which an individual is able to shift attention from physically close and distant stimuli
  • Selective attention: an individual’s ability to pay attention to relevant stimuli in the presence of irrelevant stimuli
  • Target capture: an individual’s ability to shift and recognize a target through the use of their peripheral vision
  • Response inhibition (go/no-go): the speed and accuracy with which an individual is able to react and make decisions in pressure situations
  • Sensorimotor skills: skills involving the reception and processing of sensory input and producing a motor action in response
  • Stroboscopic glasses: The eyewear works its magic through a flickering effect that intermittently blocks the user’s vision. In alternating between clear and blocked vision, one’s brain is forced to fill in the gaps and anticipate movement. 
  • Eye-hand (Visuomotor) coordination: the coordinated control of eye movement with hand movement and the processing of visual input to guide hand movement

Neurotracker: Training

Brendan Parsons, Tara Magill, Alexandra Boucher, Monica Zhang, Katrine Zogbo, Sarah Bérubé, Olivier Scheffer, Mario Beauregard, and Jocelyn Faubert

This paper examines the effects of Neurotracker training on attention, working memory, and visual information processing speed in university students. Compared to the non-active control group, the Neurotracker group demonstrated higher scores on standardized cognitive performance tests, as well as improvements in all three measured variables (attention, working memory, and processing speed). Furthermore, the Neurotracker group saw positive neurological changes, with an increase in beta brainwaves (associated with focus and higher order cognition) in brain areas responsible for executive functioning.

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F. Moen, M. Hrozanova, and A. M. Pensgaard

This study examined the effects of Neurotracker training on subjective performance in a group of 54 athletes. The athletes came from a variety of backgrounds, including boxing, wrestling, handball, soccer, biathlon, skiing, sled hockey, badminton, and table tennis. Both objective improvements in Neurotracker scores and subjective improvements in performance were recorded when comparing data from before and after the training program.

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Thomas Romeas, Antoine Guldner, and Jocelyn Faubert

This study examines whether Neurotracker training is an effective tool in improving decision-making accuracy in university soccer players. On both subjective and objective measures, only the Neurotracker group showed improvement in passing decision making accuracy (compared to active and passive control groups). The ability to make decisions quickly and effectively is essential not only in soccer, but in the vast majority of sports. This paper directly demonstrates how the skills learned through Neurotracker training transferred into this crucial real world ability.

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Jocelyn Faubert & Sylvain Barthes

This study investigated whether Neurotracker could reduce the impact of fatigue on cognitive functioning in elite rugby players. Players from the Top 14 French Professional Rugby League were divided into a training group which underwent a series of Neurotracker training sessions, and a control group which did not. The athletes were then assessed on Neurotracker (a high level cognitive function task) while performing on an exercise bike. For the trained group, scores remained within 0.03% from their baseline. The untrained group saw a drop in scores of 30%. This not only demonstrates the effect of fatigue on the cognitive aspect of athletic performance, but also indicates how this impact can be mitigated through Neurotracker training.

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Oshin Vartanian, Lori Coady & Kristen Blackler

This study aimed to measure how Neurotracker training could improve working memory in members of the Canadian Armed Forces. 41 soldiers were included in the study, and were split into a Neurotracker training group, an active control group, and a passive control group. While the Neurotracker group saw significant improvement in working memory following only 10 training sessions, neither control group demonstrated any notable improvement. Though this study was conducted specifically in a military population, improving working memory has broad applications extending into education, business, sports, and others.

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Laurie-Ann Corbin-Berrigan, Jocelyn Faubert,  Isabelle Gagnon

This pilot study sought to determine if children and teens with delayed post-concussion recovery could undergo Neurotracker training safely. Clinical measures of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) indicated no adverse effects or worsening of symptoms in any participant. Additionally, the symptomology measures indicated improvement in concussion symptoms after only 3-4 training sessions. This paper demonstrates the safety and effectiveness of using Neurotracker to treat mTBI symptoms.

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Stela Musteata, Kaya Yoshida, Daniele Baranzini, Caroline Spaner, Chand Taneja, Jubin Abutalebi, and Brian R
Christie

This study investigated whether Neurotracker can be used to enhance cognitive abilities in older adults experiencing memory issues. Participants were assessed on working, short, and long term memory tasks, as well as cognitive flexibility assessments. Compared to the control group, the Neurotracker group exhibited significant improvement on these tasks following a 7 week training program. These results demonstrate the efficacy of using Neurotracker in bolstering cognitive functions such as memory.

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Neurotracker: Assessments

Jocelyn Faubert

This paper assessed the cognitive-perceptual ability and learning capacity in three groups: professional athletes, elite amateur athletes, and non-athletes. Athlete background included soccer (English Premier League), ice hockey (National Hockey League), and rugby (French Top 14 Rugby League), among others. A sample of 308 participants were tested on a Neurotracker training program comprised of 15 sessions. Results indicated a clear superiority in professional athletes on cognitive-perceptual abilities required to process complex dynamic visual scenes. Elite amateur abilities ranked second, while non-athlete abilities were ranked as the lowest. These results demonstrate the accuracy of Neurotracker as an assessment tool, and convey the importance of cognitive-perceptual training in athletes.

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