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Mountain View, CA, United States, 2008/03/17 - With five new games and an upgraded personal coach feature, Happy Neuron continues to provide significant variety to brain fitness workouts - Happy-Neuron.com.
Happy Neuron, a leading provider of scientifically based online cognitive training programs, today announces the unveiling of new online brain games and a site redesign, available at the Happy Neuron site. Dedicated to providing challenging and customized brain workouts for each player, Happy Neuron introduces five new brain-strengthening games, representing an additional 25 hours of unique game play. Additionally, free games are now offered in each cognitive category, allowing new users to more easily try the program before fully committing.
Increasing scientific evidence shows that actively participating in appropriately designed brain fitness workouts, like those found on Happy Neuron, can help offset the symptoms of dementia and slow the effects of aging on the brain. Recent results from a pilot study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that Happy Neuron users demonstrated significant improvement in cognitive skills, measured by pre- and post-PET scans and neuropsychological examinations.
“People of all ages are recognizing the need to incorporate brain fitness into their everyday lives to keep mentally sharp,” said Dr. Michel Noir, CEO of Happy Neuron. “We developed our brain fitness programs to help with mental agility and are confident that our games provide the best cognitive exercises available online.”
Similar to the way physical training should work your entire body, it is it important to also stimulate more than just one area of the brain. While similar brain games and brain fitness programs exist, many stimulate only certain areas of the brain. Happy Neuron now offers more than 30 games that target all five major cognitive brain functions:
• Memory - for working memory (15 seconds), short-term memory (up to 60 seconds) and long-term memory
• Attention - hones the ability to concentrate and focus on critical information
• Language - exercises speed, strength and comprehension of verbal and written expression
• Executive Functions - strengthens the highly complex functions of logic, strategy, planning, problem solving and deductive reasoning
• Visual and Spatial –processing information in a 3-D world and interpreting visual information.
With advancements to the user interface, Happy Neuron games are now easier for users to navigate and play. When a game is complete, users can now see more comparative information as well. In addition to comparisons to the top 25 percent of players, users will see how they are performing in relation to the average score of their peers. This information is provided in an easy-to-ready layout for quick reference.
Another unique way to gauge progress is through Happy Neuron’s personalized, online virtual “coach” that prepares personal brain workouts based on player usage and performance and allows users to monitor progress and goals. The updated version of the coach now enables users to customize workout sessions based on their available time and preference. This distinctive feature gauges mental achievement levels and progression based on other players of the same gender, age and education level. Each player is given insight into areas of cognitive strength and weakness and personal progress is charted for each function.
Happy Neuron games are available for play now for a monthly fee of $9.95 or an annual fee of $99.95, both which gives access to unlimited play on the game collection and a virtual coach.
About Happy Neuron
Happy Neuron Inc., (happy-neuron.com) headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., was founded in 2000 to offer a broad range of scientifically-proven and personalized brain training workouts. Designed for people of any age, the programs maximize the brain’s capacity to learn, adapt to new information, enable mental sharpness and minimize the natural effects of aging. Used by both consumers and in senior facilities worldwide, program effectiveness is optimized through the availability of hundreds of hours of fun and challenging brain games, guided by an online personal coach.