For Older Drivers, Software to Train the Brain

Posted on 16 August 2009

If as you grow older your driving is getting a bit worse, then I must tell you that it may be due to a natural decline in the brain’s ability to process visual information.

It is believed by few scientists that, as people grow older, their capability to rapidly grasp and act on what their eyes can gradually degrade. And one of the activities that is most affected with this is driving, which is such a task that demands you simultaneously track multiple moving objects, usually at the edge of your field of vision.

Now a software programme has been designed that is both for PCs and Macs. That programme claims that it can "train the brain to think and react faster on the road". It is done by that programme by putting a user through brief, repetitive exercises aimed at bolstering his or her visual-processing prowess.

This software is called DriveSharp, and it is from a San Francisco-based company called Posit Science (positscience.com), by which other brain-training programs are also produced.



DriveSharp is not a driving simulator, but it is a pair of simple-looking visual memory games, plus assessment tests, that according to Posit Science are based on published scientific research. It has been said by the company that it has purchased a training technique that have been proven by the researchers to be effective at improving visual processing.

For DriveSharp some strong claims are made by Posit Science. It asserts that those people who use the program as directed (at least three times a week for 20 minutes at a time) would be able to cut their "crash risk" by 50 percent and they can stop their cars 22 feet sooner at 55 miles per hour. It is also said by them that these users can expand by 200 percent their "useful field of view," which is the area within which you can take in details with a single glance.

And in addition to that the company adds also told that if you use DriveSharp as instructed for a total of 10 hours, its positive effects can last for several years. In order to back up these claims, Posit Science cites a number of scientific studies and articles that are published in well-known journals.

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