What is ReCognition?

ReCognition is an online compendium of cognitive exercises, presented as video games, guided by qualified professionals for the purpose of conducting comprehensive and effective cognitive rehabilitation therapy or cognitive skills training. ReCognition contains therapy exercises divided into six Tracks consisting of Attention Skills, Executive Skills, Memory Skills, Visuospatial Skills, and Communication Skills. Each Track contains up to 15 individual exercises with up to four levels of complexity. There are 84 exercises in total. Advance is automatic based upon patient performance and completion at the current level.

The Importance of ReCognition

The ability to pay attention, persist in concentration, retain information in working memory, accurately process and think towards problem-solving and strategic planning all affect an individual’s sense of well-being and functioning.

It is quite common for psychiatric conditions to affect cognitive functioning. This is evident in an extreme form when depression in the elderly presents as (pseudo)dementia and is common in depression across the ages. The heterogeneous spectrum of psychotic illnesses is now understood to have cognitive impairment as a nuclear feature that is often present years before the onset of explicitly psychotic symptoms and can be detected in varying degrees among asymptomatic relatives. Anxiety disorders, PTSD, and OCD all involve cognitive lapses in attention and concentration. ADHD and learning disabilities are neurodevelopmental conditions affecting cognitive processing and executive functioning. Traumatic brain injury (TBI) may have cognitive sequelae. Recent research is detecting cognitive fog as a not uncommon finding post-Covid infection. The ongoing process of aging involves a normative evolving loss of the highest levels of cognitive performance.

Cognitive rehabilitation or cognitive skills training is a therapeutic intervention designed to improve an individual’s ability to more effectively and efficiently utilize their attention, executive, memory, visuospatial, problem solving, and communication skills. The rehabilitation or training consists of planned exercises that place demands on one’s cognitive/intellectual skills in such a way that the person would have to improve upon their existing skillset or acquire new skill sets in order to successfully complete the tasks.

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