MAP Training my Brain


Invention Summary:

Depression is a debilitating disorder that affects nearly one in five Americans in their lifetime, causing severe symptoms that affect how you feel, think, and handle daily activities, such as sleeping, eating, or working. It is widely accepted that either aerobic exercise or meditation alone can reduce symptoms of depression.

Rutgers researchers developed Mental and Physical (MAP) Training which is a new brain fitness program based on the latest neuroscience research., MAP Training is designed to maximize brain health by exercising the brain and body at the same time. It significantly decreases depression, anxiety, and traumatic thoughts about the past. MAP Training also increases self-worth and perceived quality of life -- as well brain activity and cognitive control. Moreover, the combination of mental and physical training is more effective than either activity on its own. It has been featured in many news outlets like the New York Times and Washington Post. 

Market Applications:

  • Trauma centers
  • Psychological counselling centers
  • Therapy centers
  • Mental wellness clinics


  • Decreases depression and ruminating thoughts, increasing synchronized brain activity with major depression as well as healthy adults.
  • Reduces anxiety and ruminating thoughts while increasing their ability to use oxygen in the body.
  • Help women recover from trauma memories such as those associated with sexual violence.

Intellectual Property & Development Status: 

Available for licensing and/or search collaboration. Please contact Website:  For complete information on the program, see: www.maptrainmybrain.comMedia Coverage for MAP Training: Dr. Shors featured in New York Times

Patent Information:
Andrea Dick
Associate Director, Licensing
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Mental Health