Mitii – or Move It To Improve It – is an online training concept, which upgrades the networks in the brain which enable people to learn specific skills. The concept – supervised by an expert – can in principle be used for training all types of brain damage or physical injury.
One of the benefits of Mitii is that training takes place via the internet, and all the user needs is a computer, a TV screen, a Kinect and access to the internet. Mitii is customised to the person taking the course. Furthermore, Mitii is regularly adjusted in line with the user’s progress by a therapist, and online of course!
A peep into the brain
The brain is incredibly dynamic, can cope with innumerable combinations and has colossal scalability. Given the number of parts of the brain which have to work together when training or learning something new, there is no point in looking at motor skills, cognition and perception separately. They are all closely linked, and one cannot work without the others.
The brain’s processes work in a network. The brain has a number of centres – e.g. the motor centre – but one centre cannot control a form of behaviour independent of the network in which it is taking place. Specific behaviour is not controlled in a certain part of the brain, and there is no individual area of the brain which can solely control any given behaviour.
A look at training
Individual training can make the brain’s networks more efficient. It is possible to increase precision and speed by intensive effort. That’s because training takes advantage of the brain’s ‘neuroplasticity’, or its ability to change and develop as a result of training, experience and learning.
All activity affects its neuroplasticity positively. Even going through a normal day with all its activities helps develop the capacity and potential of the brain.
Training must also incorporate the following basic elements to achieve a positive and measurable effect:
- It must be intensive – daily and over many weeks
- It must be challenging – just difficult enough to seem hard initially
- It must be motivational – and preferably fun
- It must be performed with active participation – no form of training without physical activity for the user
If these four factors are not incorporated, the effect on neuroplasticity will not be complete, nor give the best result. In common with the body as a whole, the brain will wither if not trained.