A Yale neuroscientist and psychiatry professor has developed an enrichment program that could help children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder stay on task and avoid getting distracted. C8 Sciences has raised the first part of a $1.1 million fundraise in a move the CEO hopes will help it advance product development and build its customer base.
The goal is to sharpen working memory. The company’s name actually derives from the eight core cognitive capacities of the brain. In an interview in the Hartford Courant last year, CEO Ken Coleman said working memory was a better predictor of school success than IQ tests.
The C8Pro tool combines computer gaming with physical exercise. It collects data on user performance so healthcare professionals can track performance. It is based on the concept of neuroplasticity -’ that the brain can dynamically grow, change, heal and accomplish complex tasks that sometimes seem impossible, according to the website.
Dr. Bruce Wexler’s approach to ADHD is based on his work with adults with schizophrenia. He developed computer-based brain exercises to target and remediate the neural systems that are responsible for helping people learn, think, act and behave. By applying this to children, whose brains are at a much earlier stage of development and more plastic, there’s the potential for a more significant behavior change.