Executive Function Delay and Neurofit: Results Surrounding Patient Performance

Riley Pontello
July 29, 2022

          Neurofit has recently launched its Fast Facts video series with the goal of providing you with Neurofit specific information, in 90 seconds or less. In episodes one and two, the Neurofit Team 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 following a Motor Vehicle Accident. Episode two 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. 

         Deficits in EF are known to occur after trauma, such as motor vehicle collisions and deficits in attention, memory and problem solving may have profound impacts on daily activities, particularly in children and adolescents.

         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 subjective experience and engagement with Neurofit, the Team tracked the patient’s correct number of responses with their enjoyment levels for the different tasks. We can see in the video that this patient enjoyed the processing-based tasks the most, while they enjoyed the attention-based tasks the least. Interestingly it appears that the patient had performed the best on the tasks they enjoyed the most.

         The Neurofit Team also tracked the patient’s perceived task difficulty level with the objective difficulty level for each activity domain and specific task. We can also see in the video that patient felt that the processing tasks were the most difficult, even though they enjoyed these tasks the most. Interestingly, the child reached the highest difficulty level while completing the memory-based tasks.

         Taken together, these trends highlight the importance of creating a balanced experience for patients as they complete these cognitively challenging exercises. Neurofit exercises are designed with this balance in mind, and we strive to create experiences that are enjoyable and easy to pick-up, but that also challenge the patient enough to promote growth in skills and abilities that can be utilized in everyday life.

         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