Vancouver, BC (PRWEB) March 31, 2012
NeuroTracker is an awareness-boosting virtual reality training system used by NHL, NFL and pro soccer teams to give them a competitive edge; CogniSens also hopes to provide similar sustained attention training for autistic children, and will be attending the CAN WAAD on April 1st to demonstrate how the system is used and explain its benefits.
NeuroTracker will be available for families to use at the event which Chris Zimmerman of Canucks Sports and Entertainment believes ‘will play a key role in improving the quality of life for families living with Autism in British Columbia’ through promoting autism awareness and early interventions, noting on the network’s website that ‘the Vancouver Canucks and Canucks for Kids Fund are so proud to be able to support this initiative.’
The NeuroTracker technology was created by Dr. Jocelyn Faubert of the University of Montreal and has, up till now, been used exclusively by elite sports teams to train world-class athletes to improve their competitive decision-making and game awareness. Len Zaichkowsky, former director of the Vancouver Canuck’s sports science department, believes that ‘NeuroTracker is a genuine breakthrough’ noting also that it has a solid research basis as ‘it’s a proven science technology that trains fundamental mental skills with rapid gains.’
Having been used by leading NHL teams for on ice mental performance enhancement, NeuroTracker will now be validated for therapeutic applications through a University of Victoria study. It will investigate potential benefits of training for those living with autism, as well as other conditions. Dr. Brian Christie, the lead researcher on the NeuroTracker program at the Division of Medical Sciences, will also be at the event to discuss the study and how he thinks that training will help families who have children with autism.
“We know that new neurons are produced continually throughout our lives and that this process can be ramped up,” says Dr. Christie in a recent article. “In other words, the better we take care of our brains, the better they function.” On April 1st, parents and children will get an opportunity to discover how this technology may help them do just that.
About Cognisens Inc.
A privately-owned company based in Montreal, Canada, CogniSens Inc. specializes in neurobiological science and technology dedicated to improving the full spectrum of human performance. For further information please consult:
Canucks Autism Network
The Canucks Autism Network (CAN) is a registered non-profit organization dedicated to providing programs and services to individuals and families affected by autism throughout BC. Program areas include sports and recreation, social and vocational, as well as educational programs designed to promote strategies of inclusion, friendship and empathy to neurotypical students. For more information, please visit: