Working-Memory Training Report – Will – Session 53

Session number: 53

Average n-back: 5.1

Duration (min.): 25

Another strong session after my high, slipped a bit on the last few blocks.

My new goal is to hit 7 back, as im almost hitting it — want to know what it feels like at that n level.

On my my last block slipped down to 4 back…and I noticed something happen of interest: I got 1 wrong on it while
thinking about something else entirely. When I say I wasnt consciously focused I mean, I was truly elsewhere; but yet a part of my brain was tracking…and I bet my mind wandered because Id been working so hard to focus on 5 and 6 back
and yet could handle it without me being
there, so to speak.

Im going to take a break from training for, I think, a few days…

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2 Responses to “Working-Memory Training Report – Will – Session 53”

  1. Shaun Luttin says:

    “and yet could handle it without me being there, so to speak”

    Shaun replies:

    Hey Will:

    That’s a really neat experience that you shared. It reminds me about the concept of automatic-pilot that I sometimes hear about from people who drive cars.

    For instance, a friend of mine has told me that she often finds herself at home after 30 minutes of driving, but that she hadn’t been paying attention AT ALL to driving.

    This type of automatic pilot seems to be quite common in the people that I know who drive.

    Interestingly, that type of automatic pilot is discouraged in some domains of human endeavor. For instance, some people who practice Buddhist mindfulness meditation work towards being more intentional and less automatic in their day to day lives.

    Another example is people who are training to become experts in a significant field of study. The researcher Anders Ericsson (http://www.psy.fsu.edu/faculty/ericsson.dp.html) has come up with the Theory of Deliberate Practice for the development of expertise.

    The Theory of Deliberate Practice involves long periods of disciplined practice that lead to expertise. Deliberate practice has several criteria. One of the vital criteria is intentionality: if a person wants to continue to learn, then he or she must be intentional in practice while avoiding automaticity.

    After long periods of practice losing intentionality can be quite easy. If I were Buddhist or Anders Ericsson, I might warn you to watch out for the automatic pilot. Automatic pilot may undermine efforts at making further working memory gains.

    Warm regards,
    Shaun

  2. Erin Matlock says:

    Hey Will,

    Interesting benefit. I noticed this too, but on a lesser level as I’m quite a bit behind you in my training. I actually find it fascinating, and if it keeps up, I think it could lead to a pretty noticeable increase in productivity.

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