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Struggling to focus? This new brain training app may help PDF Print E-mail
Written by Brain22   
Friday, 25 January 2019
In a world in which our brains are almost constantly overstimulated, many of us may find it challenging to stay focused for extended periods. Researchers from the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom have now developed an app that trains the mind to maintain concentration. This newly developed brain-training app could effectively improve your concentration and other cognitive skills. Research suggests that a newly developed brain training app may improve our concentration and other cognitive skills. Many, if not most, of us spend our days rapidly switching between competing tasks. We call this "multitasking," and take pride in how efficient we are in dealing with multiple problems at the same time. However, multitasking requires that we quickly redirect our focus from one activity to another and then back again, which, in time, can have a detrimental effect on our ability to concentrate. "We've all experienced coming home from work feeling that we've been busy all day but unsure what we actually did," says Prof. Barbara Sahakian from the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge. "Most of us spend our time answering emails, looking at text messages, searching social media, trying to multitask. But, instead of getting a lot done, we sometimes struggle to complete even a single task and fail to achieve our goal for the day," she adds, noting that we may even find it difficult to stay focused on pleasant, relaxing activities, such as watching TV. Yet, she continues, "For complex tasks, we need to get in the 'flow' and stay focused." So, how can we re-teach our minds to stay focused? Prof. Sahakian and colleagues believe that they may have found an effective and uncomplicated solution to this problem. The research team has developed a brain training app called "Decoder," which can help users improve their concentration, memory, and numerical skills. The scientists have recently conducted a study to test the effectiveness of their new app, and they now report their results in the journal Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience.
 
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