Gradual declines in cognitive performance are a part of aging. Neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and dementia are becoming increasingly more common as people are living longer. In fact, a recent study conducted by Dr. Lilianne R. Mujica-Parodi, Director of the Laboratory for Computational Neurodiagnostics at Stony Brook University, showed that neurobiological changes associated with aging can be seen at a much younger age than generally expected, starting in the late 40s.
The good news is that there are many strategies that can be deployed to slow the progression of cognitive decline if it is detected early. This idea led us to check out a product called Brain Gauge by Cortical Metrics.
Brain Gauge is a cognitive assessment tool that lets you test 8 essential components of brain health: speed, focus, fatigue, accuracy, sequencing, timing perception, plasticity, and connectivity. It is based on extensively-demonstrated neuroscience behind sensory perceptual tests to gauge the status of the central nervous system.
The device looks like a computer mouse with two buttons on which you place adjacent fingers. The nerves on your fingers project to specific and unique adjacent regions in the brain. By stimulating your fingers through different types of vibrations and gauging your response, the Brain Gauge can assess, to a high level of accuracy, how healthy your brain is.
Optimizing Your Lifestyle To Maximize Brain Function
Beyond being a tool for monitoring your cognitive function, one interesting aspect of the Brain Gauge is that it allows you to test how your brain reacts to different stimuli (exercise, sleep, food, alcohol, etc.). This makes it a very interesting tool to help you optimize your lifestyle and environment to maximize your brain function.
Take a look at this short video of Robert Dennis, the scientist that developed Brain Gauge, explaining in more detail how the device works and how it can be used for optimization. You can also buy the Brain Gauge here.