Frequenty asked questions

Please see below answers to common questions.

Why is it important to train cognitive skills?

Cognitive training (or brain training) is a healthy addition to our daily lifestyles as it encourages neuroplasticity through cognitive stimulation. Cognitive decline is a common process in both healthy ageing, however, cognitive decline is more present in people suffering from Dementia, which is one of the most significant public health concerns in ageing populations (Hardy et al, 2016).
* Hardy, J. L., Nelson, R. A., Thomason, M. E., Sternberg, D. A., Katovich, K., Farzin, F., and Scanlon, M. (2015). Enhancing cognitive abilities with comprehensive training: A large, online, randomized, active-controlled trial. PLoS ONE, 10(9).

Are your games based on scientific data and research?

Yes, our games are developed and designed by a multidisciplinary team of cognitive scientists, auditory scientists, neuroscientists together with game developers.
How do you differentiate Enhance from screen-based brain training apps like Lumosity?
Our brain training games differentiate themselves from screen-based apps like Lumosity and Peak insofar as we leverage Virtual reality as the medium. Virtual Reality environments are sensory-rich as they provide proprioceptive, visual, and motor information to the user (Sanchez-Vives, et al 2005), whereas screen-based systems fail to provide body-based information. Immersive Virtual Reality environments offer better learning opportunities than traditional digital formats like a smartphone, tablet, or computer (Krokos et al., 2019).
* Sánchez-Vives et al., (2005). From presence to consciousness through virtual reality. Nat Rev Neurosci.6 (4) : 332-9.
* Krokos, E., Plaisant, C., & Varshney, A. (2019). Virtual memory palaces: immersion aids recall. Virtual Reality, 23 (1), 1-15.

How long does a daily cognitive game session last?

Our aim is to provide you with a short and intense cognitive training experience. The daily session will depend on your settings and preferences, but the average time spent will between 1 to 3 minutes per game. The recommended daily usage consists of 3 games, and therefore a total of 10 minutes per session.

Are your games designed for children?

We do not advise for virtual reality to be consumed by users under 13 years of age.

How many cognitive games will Enhance VR have?

We plan to continually release new games each month.

Is the audio also part of the cognitive training?

Our audio tracks will help to bring you to an ideal cognitive state that will enhance your in-game cognitive performance. Using audio for performance enhancement has seen a surge of scientific validation in top scientific journals. Furthermore, the games are accompanied by auditory science-based sounds in combination with principles built on established Dynamic Attending Theory, cutting- edge audio modulation research, and extensive in-house research into auditory cues affecting performance (Woods et al, 2019).
*Woods, Kevin & Hewett, Adam & Spencer, Andrea & Morillon, Benjamin & Loui, Psyche. (2019). Modulation in background music influences sustained attention.

How do you evaluate my in-game performance?

We use a proprietary game score system that allows you to keep track of your performance and the development of your skills, compare yourself to other players, which also enables us to provide you with comprehensive feedback.

How is the “user index” calculated?

The user index leverages our proprietary game score system. It is an aggregation of weighted performance across all cognitive categories and reduced into a single population-normalized score.

Is Enhance also suitable for people with cognitive impairments?

Yes, we would like to help every individual to assess, train, and achieve their best possible cognitive state. It has been proven that the use of VR enables a stronger total immersion of body and mind which in return leads to higher cognitive processing and learning outcome compared to 2D learning apps.

Which VR devices are currently supported?

Currently, we are supporting the Oculus Rift, Rift S, Oculus Quest, and the HTC Vive Focus Plus.

What are cognitive skills?

Cognitive skills are the core abilities that allow your brain to learn, read, remember, reason, pay attention, and think. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to perform any of your daily tasks.

What are audio-spatial orientation and auditory selective attention?

Selective auditory attention is the ability to direct attention to one desired sound while tuning out the rest of auditory objects. Spatial orientation is part of your cognition and concerns awareness of yourself and your surroundings.

What is short-term memory?

Short-term memory is part of your cognitive memory that allows the temporary storage of information available for executive functioning.

What is cognitive flexibility?

Cognitive flexibility, or sometimes also called task switching, allows you to quickly adapt to changing circumstances and switching between different tasks and concepts.

Which cognitive skills does “Hide and Seek” asses and train?

Hide and Seek is a VR game designed to train your spatial orientation skills, and particularly your auditory spatial cognition. By only using your hearing, you not only train spatiality of your surroundings, but you also practice establishing it via your auditory channel.

Which cognitive skills does “React” assess and train?

React is a VR game designed to train your flexibility and attention levels, but executing your ability to quickly shift attention from one task to another. Doing so may improve your cognitive ability to rapidly and efficiently adapt to different kinds of situations.

Which cognitive skills does “Memory Wall” assess and train?

Memory Wall is a VR game designed to train your short-term memory, by requiring you to memorize and reconstruct visual patterns.