Working-Memory Training Report – Shaun – Session 77

Session number: 5-1

Average n-back: 5.20

Duration (min.): 35

n=6, misses=7, This is disappointing…
n=5, misses=3, …I’d rather things were different…
n=5, misses=5, …but I’ll be all right.
n=5, misses=5, I’m not helpless…
n=5, misses=5, … and I can take care of myself…
n=5, misses=4, …in this situation.
n=5, misses=4, I’ll get through this okay…
n=5, misses=3, …if I just hang loose.
n=5, misses=5, Why am I swearing?
n=5, misses=2, …I feel frustrated…
n=6, misses=5, …and things aren’t going…
n=6, misses=6, …THE WAY I WOULD LIKE…
n=5, misses=2, …but I can cope with the situation.
n=6, misses=5, That’s one possibility…
n=6, misses=7, …but there are probably…
n=5, misses=5, …other reasons for her behavior.
n=5, misses=5, No need to get upset…
n=5, misses=6, …just focus on the facts…
n=4, misses=1, …and I’ll get through this okay.

Done! I learned that n=4 is not below me, n=6 is not beyond me, and n=5 is well within my reach. I deserve credit for that, because positive count. No excuses!

Now, based on my experience, the next step is to keep going.

The ultimate process goal, at this moment, will be to continue with the anger management strategy until session 5-19 is done. The ultimate outcome goal, on the other hand, will be to reach average n-back of 6.00.

Now, let’s borrow an idea from science. Science tries to show that a hypothesis is true by showing that the null hypothesis is false. My hypothesis states that I will reach an n-back average of n=6.00 by the end of session 5-19. My null hypothesis states that I will not reach n-back average of n=6.00 by the end of session 5-19.

Right now, I don’t know whether I am going to reach an average n-back of 6.00 or not by the end of session 5-19. In spite of the doubt, and notwithstanding the uncertainty, I am going to give it my best shot, and pay attention to what happens.

The immediate process goal is to open BRPro once in the next week. That’s all. That doesn’t seem like much, but I’ll do it anyway.


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10 Responses to “Working-Memory Training Report – Shaun – Session 77”

  1. Will says:

    Bfp community,

    I came across another fluid visual reasoning test that has quite a bit of room at the top unlike the Raven..this is not a high range test, per se, but does has a high ceiling. This test is especially good for mathematical-visual spatial-thinker types. Correlations with SAT math, as you can see from the correlations chart, are very strong. (Go to Cerebrals home page to have a look at the chart).

    I found the test tough and scored a scaled score of 730 (meant, I think, to approximate the SAT scale) or 97%ile on it which in IQ terms is 129 on an SD of 15. Shaun should surpass this handily as he has stronger non verbal reasoning skills than I do. However, like the Raven test, it is age-adjusted, so I got a bit of a break for being 2 years shy of 40. Anyway, this is a very good culture fair internet test imo; much like the test at the IQ-comparison site, which I thought was also good and which scored me similarly, though a bit higher.

  2. Shaun says:

    Hi there Will:

    Thanks for pointing out that test!! I do appreciate that. I have decided that I am going to take it today, and that I am going to post the results.


  3. Shawn says:


    Thanks for the link. I took the test today. Scored 690. Not sure how much of a break I got for being 4 years more advanced than 40 :) It was interesting that’s for sure.

    Peace, Shawn

  4. Shaun Luttin says:

    Hi there Will:

    You mentioned that I would surpass this handily, and it turns that I scored 810. This turns out the be the 99th percentile. It’s fair of me to admit that I took about two hours to finish all 52 questions, and that I found them tremendously difficult, especially towards the end. Some of the questions had me laughing out loud, because of their difficulty.

    Thanks again for pointing out the test will. I thoroughly enjoyed it!


  5. Will says:

    Shawn & Shaun,

    Good showings on a tough test!

    This test is a measure of inductive reasoning, spatial ability and of course the G factor (which all tests end up measuring). What’s interesting is I am far better on verbal tests than tests of spatial reasoning but seem to have improved in both post training, though my weakness has gained more than my strength, which is to be expected given the nature of intelligences that are involved.

    The CCAT, another cerebrals test of crystalized ability, put me at 147 and this is shown to have high correlations with the verbal part of the WAIS 3. While I am getting better at spatial tests, they are still not my bread and butter the way verbal tests are.

    Since the training I think I’ve gained about 10 points in spatial reasoning from roughly 120 to 130. In verbal and general knowledge, from low 140′s to high 140′s (about 5 points); my recall though of trivia and vocabulary is quicker than before. My working memory and processing speed has gone up as well, though it’s hard to quantify how much in pure IQ terms… I’d venture to say (just guessing but I think I’m being fairly conservative) that averaging over a 19 day period n=4 is 125 and n=5 is 135 and n=6 is 140 n=7 is 145, n=8 155. This, of course, is estimating “working memory IQ.”

  6. Will says:

    “n=4 is 125 and n=5 is 135 and n=6 is 140 n=7 is 145, n=8 155″

    Change that to — n=4 125, n=5 135, n=6=145, n=7=155 n=8=165.

    Again, this is a guess of the average over 19 days, not the level one reaches.

  7. Shaun Luttin says:

    “Change that to — n=4 125, n=5 135, n=6=145, n=7=155 n=8=165.”


    If I were in your shoes, I would mean that n=4 indicates a working memory and processing speed index of 125. But I am not you, what do you mean?


  8. Will says:

    That is what I mean but it may or may not be true given it’s all guesswork and I have no statistical basis for correlation.

  9. martin says:

    Hi Shaun, Will.

    I checked out the TRI52 today as I was looking for a good pre-test to recommend.

    I scored 780.

    (I don’t know about you guys, but I dislike this kind of test, i.e., matrices and patterns.)


  10. Shaun Luttin says:

    Hi Martin:

    That’s a test that I have done as well. I found the questions near the end to be extraordinarily difficult. The ones with twin series of rotating patterns, that eventually merge into each other, and that then separate again, were especially challenging for me. That’s probably where I made the most mistakes. The test itself took me two and a half hours to complete. Congratulations for hitting a score of 780, particularly because it’s a type of test that you dislike!


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