Based on 20+ Years of Science and Research
Professor Faubert is reputed to be the world’s preeminent neuroscientist in the field of visual perception. Professor Faubert has developed the science behind NeuroTracker through decades of research at the Faubert Lab (University of Montreal). This science is continuously evolving through research projects around the globe, many of which are supported through the non-profit Faubert Applied Research Centre. These are some of the peer reviewed studies published to date.
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Enhancing Cognitive Function Using Perceptual Cognitive Training
This study used qEEG analysis to examine the effect of perceptual cognitive training on brain activity. Results demonstrated positive physiological changes on the brain.
Perceptual-cognitive Training Improves Biological Motion Perception: Evidence for Transferability of Training in Healthy Aging
This study demonstrated the effectiveness of NeuroTracker training on biological biological motion perception abilities in healthy aging. It demonstrated dramatic far transfer in perceptual-cognitive abilities for reading and predicting human movement at close distances.
Professional Athletes Have Extraordinary Skills for Rapidly Learning Complex and Neutral Dynamic Visual Scenes
This unique study reveals dramatic differences in the visual learning capacities of professional athletes, amateurs and university students. It shows that elite athletes typically have superior perceptual-cognitive learning capacities.
3D Multiple Object Tracking Training Task Improves Passing Decision-Making Accuracy in Soccer Players
For the first time, this study demonstrated that perceptual-cognitive training can provide far transfer to athletic performance in competitive play. Specifically it revealed that NeuroTracker training improved the passing decision-making accuracy of soccer players.
3D Multiple Object Tracking Boosts Working Memory Span: Implications for Cognitive Training in Military Populations
NeuroTracker was examined for its effectiveness for improving working memory span in members of the Canadian Armed Forces. A very short intervention of 10 sessions of NeuroTracker training showed transfer to 3 different measures of working memory, with consistently large effect sizes.
Can Multiple Object Tracking Predict Laparoscopic Surgical Skills?
Medical students were assessed on NeuroTracker and a simulated laparoscopic surgery task. Correlations on the performance between the tasks were calculated, and compared other variables (age, hours of sleep, caffeine, and video game play). Only the NeuroTracker measures predicted outcomes for surgery performance in terms of movement efficiency and accuracy.
Memory Training and Benefits for Quality Of Life in the Elderly
In a year-long case study with one elderly person with memory problems, NeuroTracker training and memory training interventions were used to investigate if long term benefits could be found. Results showed improvements in memory assessments and in quality of life measures, based on questionnaire assessments.
Perceptual-cognitive Training with the NeuroTracker 3D-MOT to Improve Performance in Three Different Sports
Elite athletes in three different sports undertook a NeuroTracker training program. Using pre- and post- assessments, improvements across several different specific visual functions were found on optometric assessments. Transfer to athletic performance over the course of training was also found, based on athlete and coach questionnaire-based evaluations.
The Limitations of Attentional Resources Across Developmental Groups: A Three-dimensional Multiple Object Tracking Study
This study investigated the resource limits for dynamic visual attention across development using a short NeuroTracker training program. The results revealed that perceptual-cognitive functions develop with age, and that NeuroTracker measures can be used for characterizing the development of resource allocation in attentional processes.
Visual Tracking Speed is Related to Basketball-specific Measures of Performance in NBA Players
The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between visual tracking speed (NeuroTracker) and reaction time on basketball-specific measures of performance in NBA competitions. Reaction times did not correlate with on-court performance measures, whereas NeuroTracker scores were a strong predictor of several key performance metrics.
Healthy Older Observers Show Equivalent Perceptual-cognitive Training Benefits to Young Adults for Multiple Object Tracking
Young adults and healthy older adults both completed a five week program of NeuroTracker training. The results showed that older adults start out with much lower NeuroTracker scores than young adults. However, they also respond to training with strong learning effects, typically reaching the levels of young adults within three hours of distributed training.
Perceptual-Cognitive Training of Athletes
This paper outlines the foundational concepts for the application of perceptual-cognitive training techniques (NeuroTracker) for the assessment and enhancement of athletic performance. It also presents a study NeuroTracker learning in relation to dual-task loads, revealing that learning effects are sensitive to motor-skill loads.
Cholinergic Potentiation Improves Perceptual-Cognitive Training of Healthy Young Adults in Three Dimensional Multiple Object Tracking
This study examined the short and long term effects of Donepezil (DPZ) pharmacological enhancement on cognitive functions and learning related neuroplasticity using a NeuroTracker training program. NeuroTracker learning rates were heightened (compared to controls), and beneficial effects with sustained learning outcomes on NeuroTracker were seen up to 14 months later than initial training.
Driving Simulator Scenarios and Measures to Faithfully Evaluate Risky Driving Behavior: A Comparative Study of Different Driver Age Groups
This study investigated correlations between mental workload, age, and NeuroTracker measures, with driving performance in 3 simulated scenarios. The goal was to see if these factors could be predictive of driving risks. Strong correlations with many driving specific performance metrics were found, including crash risk, emergency driving behavior, and average driving speed.
Three-Dimensional Multiple Object Tracking Speed Thresholds are Associated with Measures of Simulated Driving Performance in Older Drivers
This study tested the theory that driving performance is strongly associated with dynamic processing of multiple objects, by evaluating if NeuroTracker measures correlate with older driving performance in simulated scenarios. Highly significant correlations were found between NeuroTracker thresholds and both crash rate and lane deviation in the highway driving scenarios. This study adds plausibility to the idea that a multiple object tracking test such as NeuroTracker could be a candidate for inclusion in an assessment battery for older drivers.
Perceptual-Cognitive & Physiological Assessment of Training Effectiveness
As part of a multi-year research project, the goal of this study is to develop methods for assessing the efficacy of training (including live and simulated platforms), by validating measures of cognitive workload that characterize skill acquisition. NeuroTracker assessments were performed during live and simulated flight at different difficulties of maneuvers, with assessment of technical performance and physiological metrics. NeuroTracker measures effectively revealed the cognitive loads involved with each level of flight.
Effect of Age and Stereopsis on a Multiple Object Tracking Task
3D vision (binocular stereo) develops during childhood and tends to reduce after 65 years of age. This study aimed to investigate whether these effects are significant when processing complex and dynamic motion. The results showed significant differences with adults for a stereo advantage, but less so for children, and even less for older people. This indicates NeuroTracker can be used to isolate and measure specific capacities for dynamic stereo visual processing.
Above and Beyond Driving Abilities: Toward a Single Index
This study aimed to combine several tests known to assess driving fitness and propose a methodology to bring these together under a single index termed the ‘Driver’s Safety Index’. NeuroTracker scores correlated strongly with driving performance metrics in driving simulator tests. NeuroTracker scores were also a better predictor of driving performance than age. The study authors recommend that NeuroTracker should be a component in the battery of tests for obtaining or renewing a driving license.