EpicMem© is designed by a neuroscientist to train visuo-spatial episodic memory. It uses the well tested and scientifically validated system of paired associated learning (PAL).30 PAL is a classical tool used in memory research, having been first been developed over a century ago.5 It is currently used in neuropsychological tests 30, and brain-training.13 This classical memory paradigm involves the pairing of two items, in this case with the help of a cue (cued recall).
The ability to form episodic memories develops in childhood and adolescence, most rapidly between 6-11 years of age. Episodic memory has broad implications for learning, one noted effect is improving your reading comprehension. 36
Episodic memory is a subtype of memory known to be susceptible to normal aging 3,29 but also particularly susceptible in pathological conditions associated with memory loss. For example, episodic memory deficits are the first noticeable symptom of early Alzheimer’s Disease. 3,4 Making training episodic memory is an important focus area for cognitive health.
Episodic memory comprises of the what, where & when in personally experienced events. Mentally reliving past events “mental time travel” 31 involves remembering a particular life episode, such as sharing a meal with a friend, remembering what you had for breakfast that morning, the suit you wore for last night’s party. 32 These are all consciously recollected memories related to personally experienced events.
Disruptions in episodic memory can manifest in everyday life scenarios as misplacing keys, missing appointments and more critically, events such as leaving the cooker on or forgetting to take medication. 33 The impact of memory loss can have an enormous effect on you and your family’s wellbeing and quality of life through loss of valuable memories and disruptions of activities of daily living.
Memory is an important cognitive process that is essential to day-to-day functioning. Deficits in memory are the most common cognitive complaint in the aging population. With impairments in memory leading to changes in cognitive skills. 34
Research into cognitive training is growing and ongoing. In 2018 the NIH awarded funding to a 7 year Preventing Alzheimer’s Disease with Cognitive Training (PACT) Trial, designed to further determine the efficacy of computerized cognitive training based on successful pilot studies.35
EpicMem© is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease & has not been evaluated in clinical trials.