IntelliGym was inspired by this fighter pilot technology which proved that trainees could significantly improve their flight skills by using computer-based training tools outside of physical practice. It was this science and research that led us to create a training program using the technology behind Space Fortress to help young athletes improve their mental game.
In order to develop a cognitive training tool for sports, we had to map the cognitive skills that are required for elite performance in hockey. With this map in hand, and with the help of USA Hockey, IntelliGym’s team of researchers, engineers, and scientists – including Prof. Gopher, of course – designed a system that challenges those exact same skills.
Strangely enough, it was found that from a cognitive perspective, flying a jet is similar to playing sports. Quick decision making under pressure, divided attention, attention control, anticipation, spatial orientation, and execution are all skills in common. It was a perfect fit for the original technology to help thousands of motivated athletes improve their performance.