Working Memory Exercises Online
||N-back working memory training adapts in real-time
||Personality-based brain exercises maximize training gains
||Online brain training guides progress with a personal brain exercise profile
||Affordable on-line brain training for universal access
||Brain training for PC or Mac; guided meditation; and brain entrainment audio (SE and IC versions)
Attention, General Cognition, Fluid Intelligence Improvements & More
Suitable for ages 11 and up, Mind Sparke Brain Fitness Pro delivers carefully calibrated working memory exercises that strengthen visual and aural working memory, focus, and multi-tasking ability. Just thirty minutes of daily dual n-back working memory training increases short term memory, attention, and fluid intelligence by more than 40 percent in less than one month. Continued training produces further gains.
Personality-based Brain Training
In 2012 a research team from the Universities of Michigan and Bern, Switzerland, released a study showing that some people enjoyed greater cognitive gains from more complicated brain training while others improved more when the exercises were simpler. The team found that differences in effectiveness could be linked to the personality type of the trainee. MindSparke is the only brain training company to use a personality test to enhance the training benefits.
When you first log in the system presents a brief survey to determine key personality markers. The software then selects the appropriate training exercises for your personality type. The result is greater enjoyment of the training process and greater cognitive gains.
Dual N Back Training
Personal Brain Training Profile
Brain Fitness Pro integrates the renowned "dual n-back" working memory training into a suite of proprietary brain exercises.
The system guides you through the working memory exercises, moving you on to the next level as you are ready.
At each stage of brain training you will be challenged and inspired to progress with novel new working memory tasks.
At Mind Sparke we don't leave you in the dark about your working memory progress.
You can see your progress and gain insight into your brain exercise results with a series of informative progress charts.
You will always know how you're doing and what level of difficulty will be coming next.
Affordable Training, Universal Access
Mind Sparke's philosophy of afforable online brain exercise coupled with its traditional brain training download and brain training for PC or Mac frees you from high fees and restricted use (brain training for PC or Mac comes with the SE online brain training subscription). You can exercise your brain as often as you want from wherever you want.
Brain Fitness Pro SE
Brain Training Download | Brain Training for PC and Mac
An SE brain training subscription gives you complimentary access to MindSparke's brain training software download (brain training for PC and Mac). You can use this locally-installed working memory training software to continue with your brain exercise even when you don't have an Internet connection. (You can also use MindSparke's brain training on PC or Mac as an alternative to our on-line brain training if you prefer to run the brain exercises locally.)
Brain Fitness Pro SE
Guided Meditation & Brain Entrainment
Brief periods of meditation can dramatically enhance the benefits of brain exercise with MindSparke's dual n-back working memory exercises. We highly recommend ten minutes of meditation before and after brain exercise. Your Brain Fitness Pro SE subscription includes access to Mind Sparke's own guided meditation recordings designed to increase the impact of the working memory brain exercises.
Brain entrainment audio recordings can further sharpen your mind and increase your focus.
Brain Fitness Pro SE has a library of brain entrainment audio files for your unlimited use.
The Working Memory Brain Training Task
Each of Mind Sparke's brain training exercises incorporates both visual and aural memory stimuli to produce intensive brain exercise for focus and working memory.
Starting out with straightforward working memory tasks, visual and aural sequences that you must remember and repeat, the online brain training system works up to more complicated working memory exercises.
Stage 3 incorporates the renowned "dual n-back" working memory training exercise (described below).
And Stage 4 of the training guides you through a varied set of proprietary working memory exercises, evolutions of the dual nback exercise, to further strengthen your executive control of working memory.
Dual N Back and Beyond
During the "dual n-back" training exercise (Stage 3) the program presents a series of squares on a black background, three seconds apart. At the same time it produces a series of spoken letters. You must try to identify matches in both sequences.
At the first level of difficulty, the matches occur two positions apart. In this example (left) of a visual sequence the blocks in the first and third positions match.
The diagram to the right depicts an aural sequence; the third and fifth (F) sounds match. The program presents the visual and aural brain training sequences at the same time, as shown below.
As you begin to master the dual nback brain exercise, the program automatically adjusts the level of difficulty by increasing the distance between matches to three places and beyond. (Some customers have achieved a working memory capacity of about 14 items - average untrained capacity is 5 or 6 items.)
Mind Sparke's proprietary brain exercises take working memory training to the next level. By challenging your brain with an evolving sequence of new stimuli you will achieve new heights of brain power and intellectual capacity.
N-Back Training | Long Term Gains
In 2011, the brain fitness researchers (Suzanne Jaeggi and Martin Buschkuehl) who conducted the original 2008 study demonstrating IQ increases from dual n-back training followed up with a study on the long term impact of n-back training in children. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences this research shows that intensive working memory training will increase IQ long term.
Trainees have found that working memory exercises lead to improvements in attention, working memory, fluid intelligence, and general cognition continue even after an extended break in dual n back training. And that continued dual n back training leads to further improvements.
Shaun's Mind Sparke
Training with Brain Fitness Pro comes within my Top Ten best life choices.
I started at n=2 with great confusion, and I am currently at n=8 with increased confidence. My concentration and working memory were out of shape because of a period of clinical depression. The Brain Fitness Pro training does seem to have improved both my concentration and short-term memory.
Further, I'd say that my general confidence and my general self-control, willpower, or volition have increased as well.
I seem to be better able to accomplish tasks and overcome inertia. It seems to me that Brain Fitness Pro provides a salutary effect on the strength, power, and stamina of my mental muscle.
Further still, my capacity to remain in the present moments may have improved as well.
For sure, these claims are subjective at very best, except of course for my increase from n=2 to n=8, and my increase in my numeric aural digit span from just above average to a span of 8 numeric digits.
Over fifty-hours (so far!) of satisfying training for less than $50.00. That's value for money.
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