Advanced Brain Technologies (ABT) created BrainBuilder® technology to assess and train auditory and visual sequential processing or working memory (WM) capacity as well as attention and other cognitive functions. Working memory is the ability to retain and manipulate information during short periods of time. This ability underlies complex reasoning and has generally been regarded as a fixed trait of the individual (Klingberg, Forssberg & Westerberg, 2002).
Advanced Brain Technologies and collaborators developed the foundation for BrainBuilder technology based on over 30 years of clinical development with a non-profit organization that specializes in brain based approaches for improving human performance.
The rate at which individuals need to process information in the 21st Century high speed, information packed, constantly changing competitive environment, is overwhelming (Long, 2000). Information processing is a virtue which has been extensively investigated in brain research due to its relations with cognitive processes such as learning, reading, and comprehension (Moravcsik & Kintsch, 1993). For cognitive processes of learning, memory seems to be crucial because it associates incoming information with information previously retained (Cantor, Engle, & Hamilton, 1991). One of the most accepted forms of assessment in brain studies regarding this component of memory, working memory, is a digit/letter span test (La Pointe, & Engle, 1990). This test offers insight into memory, links to attention span, sequential abilities, and organization of information (Sylwester, 1997).
Studies have identified a relationship between poor performance on digit/letter span tests and diminished memory (Long, 2000). Individuals who experience reading/learning difficulties cannot keep information in the correct sequential order (Eslinger, 2003). No recall is possible because rapid articulation of information reaches a point of decay (Shmidt & Boshuizen, 1993). Unable to learn at a typical pace of instruction, these individuals miss learning skills/concepts (Watson & Willows, 1995). BrainBuilder is a cognitive training tool that is used in directing such individuals to reach their working memory capacity potential (Long, 2000).