Executive Function Delay and Neurofit: Results Surrounding Patient Engagement

Riley Pontello
July 29, 2022

          Neurofit recently launched its Fast Facts video series with the goal of providing you with Neurofit specific information, in 90 seconds or less. 

          In episode one, we highlighted the performance of a patient that has used Neurofit as a part of their recovery process. This patient was an adolescent student with deficits in memory and executive functioning (EF) following a Motor Vehicle Accident. The episode can be viewed here.

          The term EF is applied to higher order neurocognitive processes that are involved in goal-directed behaviour. These neurocognitive processes include working memory, attentional flexibility, and inhibitory control. While basic EF develops during preschool years, improvements in EF continue throughout childhood and adolescence, and cumulates with the maturation of the prefrontal cortex that occurs in young adulthood. This prolonged development period contributes in part to the vulnerable state the maturing brain is in. 

          Deficits in EF are known to occur after trauma, such as motor vehicle collisions. Deficits in attention, memory and problem solving may have profound impacts on daily activities, particularly in children and adolescents, whose academic success depends on these skills. Furthermore, disturbances in attention, memory and executive function may limit coping skills and the social development of affected children. 

          In this case, Neurofit was implemented to help the patient strengthen their executive functioning abilities and improve their day-to-day quality of life. Over 8 weeks, this patient performed Neurofit activities for at least 5 minutes, every day. 

          The Neurofit Team tracked multiple parameters over the 8 weeks, but regarding the patient’s objective task performance, we can see in the video that as the patient answers with correct responses in each of the different tasks, Neurofit adjusts the task and in this case, raises the difficulty to keep the patient engaged, enhance re-playability, and help the patient gain proficiency in these cognitively challenging exercises.

          Furthermore, we also tracked the patient’s average time spent for each activity as they worked month to month on Neurofit. We can also see in the video that this patient fine tuned their performance to varying degrees in each task except for the Restaurant or Simulated Kitchen exercise.

          Together, this data collected week to week on Neurofit highlights this patient’s improved performance across the different cognitive domains of attention, memory, and processing and indicate an improved executive functioning ability. 

          It was great to see the progression in this patient over the 8 weeks and the Neurofit Team is excited to keep highlighting the amazing progress being made by the individuals who use Neurofit in their recovery.

          Stay tuned to our page for more Neurofit Fast Fact videos, blog posts, and more!

written by
Riley Pontello
Research and Partnerships Lead at Neurofit VR