Enhancing Cognitive Function Using Perceptual-Cognitive Training

Clin EEG Neurosci. 2016 Jan;47(1):37-47. doi: 10.1177/1550059414563746. Epub 2014 Dec 30.


Three-dimensional multiple object tracking (3D-MOT) is a perceptual-cognitive training system based on a 3D virtual environment. This is the first study to examine the effects of 3D-MOT training on attention, working memory, and visual information processing speed as well as using functional brain imaging on a normative population. Twenty university-aged students were recruited and divided into a training (NT) and nonactive control (CON) group. Cognitive functions were assessed using neuropsychological tests, and correlates of brain functions were assessed using quantitative electroencephalography (qEEG). Results indicate that 10 sessions of 3D-MOT training can enhance attention, visual information processing speed, and working memory, and also leads to quantifiable changes in resting-state neuroelectric brain function.

Keywords: Multiple object tracking (MOT); attention; brain training; cognitive enhancement; qEEG.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Attention / physiology*
  • Brain / physiology*
  • Brain Mapping / methods
  • Cognition / physiology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Memory, Short-Term / physiology
  • Practice, Psychological*
  • Psychomotor Performance / physiology*
  • Space Perception / physiology*
  • Spatial Processing / physiology
  • Young Adult