Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training (SMART)

The human brain has far more capacity to be changed than we ever imagined. Improvements can be made throughout our lives – not just when we are young. The Center for BrainHealth’s high performance brain training program, known as Strategic Memory Advanced Reasoning Training (SMART), is based on more than 25 years of scientific study by cognitive neuroscientists and research clinicians.

SMART has been shown to improve strategic thinking, elevate mental energy and enhance attention and focus.

Randomized clinical trials, funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense and private philanthropists, have shown that SMART improves core cognitive areas and strengthens the brain’s frontal networks – regions that support planning, reasoning, decision-making, judgment, and emotional management.

Cognitive functions trained:

  1. Strategic Attention– Trains effective calibration of mental resources to focus with precision on important tasks/decisions and reduction of toxic brain habits. Learn practical tips to reset your brain’s energy systems and also how to improve your brain’s endurance and resilience.
  2. Integrated Reasoning– Trains how to increase transformative thinking expected of high-level leaders. Integrative reasoning hones mental tools to exert cognitive control to ‘zoom in’ to quickly scan the critical details, then quickly reprocess into global ideas by ‘zoom out’ strategies to decipher the big pictures, moving to reaching broader perspectives to construct generalized applications by ‘zooming deep and wide’. Glean easily actionable steps to improve deeper-level thinking, flexible exchange of ideas and problem-solving.
  3. Innovation– Trains how to flexibly update ideas and perspectives to understand complexities and nuances of information. Participants will generate and discover novel concepts to apply to your work and private life by imagining future problems and identifying solutions.

Used together, these cognitive strategies provide a mental tool kit that can increase the brain’s capacity to assimilate and manipulate large amounts of complex incoming data. Adopting this toolkit also reduces information overload and calms the mind to support decision-making and problem solving.*

*Specific outcomes of the training are not guaranteed. Different individuals may use the tools in different ways. Maximum brain change results from the completion of all steps in the SMART program and continual adoption of brain strategies. In order to fully benefit from the SMART program, participants should complete all session in succession.

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