Play Attention 6.0: Optimized Attention Training for All Age Groups

The latest version of Play Attention comes with improved features, smarter data tracking, and more ways to encourage users to boost their attention skills.
Gadgets & Apps | posted by Devon Frye

The popular neurocognitive program Play Attention has released an updated version of its attention training system, called Play Attention 6.0. Launched earlier in September, the latest version comes with a calendar feature, expanded data reporting, and different levels of play that are tailored toward children, teens, and adults.

Play Attention, invented in 1994 by Peter Freer, is a computer-based attention training system that utilizes an armband to measure brain activity — specifically, how much attention the brain is paying to the stimuli on the screen. Users move their game characters and complete tasks by focusing their full attention on the game. As they move through the program and complete challenges, according to the program’s designers, their ability to focus and sustain their attention will improve. This translates to improved focus at school, work, or any other area where paying attention is a challenge.

According to a press release, Play Attention 6.0 has been improved with an updated artificial intelligence system — known as Sheer Genius — that automatically creates an optimized training program based on the user’s goals or past performance. Sheer Genius also offers rewards — bronze, silver, and gold medals, as well as fun videos that play after a goal is reached — to keep users motivated as they move throughout the levels. A new calendar feature and an enhanced data screen make it easy to schedule your next session or track your progress — focusing on individual games, specific skills, or different periods of time.

Play Attention has been tested in three randomized, controlled studies, all conducted by teams from Tufts University School of Medicine. The program was found to be more effective than cognitive training programs (more commonly known as “brain games”) that promise to improve attention. When the researchers followed up with the test subjects six months later, the gains seen by Play Attention’s users were still present.

Play Attention can be played in English, Spanish, Ukrainian, Chinese, Korean, Polish, French, Turkish, or Russian. For more information, go to playattention.com.


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