Archive for the ‘Training Benefits’ Category

Short Term Advancements

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Stage: 1

Session number: 6

Average n-back: 6

I’m at the end of my second day and I’ll say, I did not expect such incredible results. In two days my BFI has increased 16%. That’s 16%. There’s been in very noticeable effect on my ability to play piano; concentration, accuracy, and musicality. I also feel much more aware and less depressed than I did previously.

I have to say that I’m not entirely sure if this program increased my intelligence to this level or if it simply renewed my old. Either way. It did a d**n good job of doing what it was intended to do.

I’ll keep updating my progress to see if it continues at this bizarre rate.

MindSparke Brain Training Software

This post was submitted by Andrew Clark.

Brain Training Report – Wren – Stage 3, Session 3

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Stage: 3

Session number: 3

Average n-back: 2

I took a standard intell test when I was about 14, scored 108. I am now 63 years old, been working for less than a month at Took the giqtest suggested from your list and was scored at 123. Don’t know if this is a fair comparison as tests are so far apart. However, as a classical violinist I have already noticed a real improvement in ability to learn fast passages of random notes. What used to take 20 minutes of concentrated work now seems to take 5-10 minutes. Sightreading is also better, so I am happy with my progress.

MindSparke Brain Training Software

This post was submitted by Wren Canzoneri.

Brain Training Report – Dan – Stage 3, Session 35

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

Stage: 3

Session number: 35

Average n-back: 3.45

I left in December 2011 with an average of 3.40 on stage 3. It has been 4 months and I really wanted to get back on the training. I started back today , April 27th 2012, and within 3 attempts I was able to score a 3.45. This is higher than when I left. I was amazed! The program has permanent results!

MindSparke Working Memory Training

This post was submitted by Daniel.

Working Memory And The Wandering Mind

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012
working memory and wandering mind

mind wandering

A new study indicates that people with a higher working memory capacity can use that excess capacity to turn their mind to other things.

Published in the journal Psychological Science by Daniel Levinson and Richard Davidson at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Jonathan Smallwood at the Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Science, the study paints working memory as a mental workspace that can house multiple thoughts simultaneously.

Asking participants to perform one of two simple tasks — either pressing a button in response to the appearance of a particular letter on a display, or tapping in time with their breath — the researchers monitored how often the subjects’ minds went wandering.

“People with higher working memory capacity reported more mind wandering during these simple tasks,” says Levinson; test performance was not compromised.

“When circumstances for the task aren’t very difficult, people who have additional working memory resources deploy them to think about things other than what they’re doing,” Smallwood adds.

In contrast, introducing distractions (such as lots of other similarly shaped letters), reduced the tendency for mind wandering.

Working memory capacity correlates highly to overall intelligence and academic performance. The study highlights the importance of working memory in everyday life and once again points to the value of working memory training.

“Our results suggest that the sorts of planning that people do quite often in daily life — when they’re on the bus, when they’re cycling to work, when they’re in the shower — are probably supported by working memory,” says Smallwood. “Their brains are trying to allocate resources to the most pressing problems.”

The results don’t mean that people with high working memory capacity are necessarily afflicted with a straying mind. Working memory can also be used to stay focused. “If your priority is to keep attention on task, you can use working memory to do that, too,” Smallwood adds.

Levinson is now studying how working memory training affects wandering thoughts, seeking to understand how people can control it.

Something odd – Edward

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Stage: 3

Session number: 12

Average n-back: 3.6


I was in the midst of a training session (N=3) and was getting almost full scores on most blocks but when I progressed to the next block, I ended up with 17 errors and only 1 correct response. Does anyone have an explanation for this?

Also, I have noticed an improvement in problem-solving abilities amongst other things (even though my training has been somewhat sparse).

Many Thanks,


MindSparke Brain Training Software

This post was submitted by Edward.

Brain Fitness Index Progress

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Stage: 3

Session number: 1

Average n-back: 2.1


I just recently purchased and started Brain Fitness Pro about a week ago. I am somewhat confused about my original and current BFI progress so far. My original BFI when I first started was around 240, but after a week of doing the training exercises I have seen a slight decline now with my current BFI. Im not sure if this is normal but I have read in the HELP section that the original BFI should be somewhere in the range of 80-150.

Any help with this would be great.



MindSparke Brain Training Software

This post was submitted by Josh.

Brain Training Report – GuyW – Stage 2, Session 2

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Stage: 2

Session number: 2

Average n-back: 5.05

Stage 2 session#2 after a long pause.
MindSparke Brain Fitness Software

This post was submitted by guidog.

Brain Training Report – Witek – Stage 3, Session 96

Wednesday, February 1st, 2012

Stage: 3

Session number: 96

Average n-back: 6.95

One word: MENSA. Just opened the envelope and still can’t believe it…

MindSparke Brain Training Software

This post was submitted by Witek.

Brain Training Report – Miguel – Stage 2, Session 2

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Stage: 2

Session number: 2

Average n-back: 5.4

So i’m back on track. Was able to go up to 6n on the first exercise and to 4n in the second. I’m exercising daily, keeping my brain active with chess, go, logic and math, reading lots, sleeping well. I’ve cut down on coffee (from 4 cups a day to 2) and drinking green/black tea instead, and lots of water. I’m feeling great. Wide awake, active, and im starting to notice improvements in memory… I feel quite agile and am very motivated :-)

Thanks for the great program!

MindSparke Working Memory Training

This post was submitted by Miguel Guasch.

Working Memory Training And Success

Monday, December 5th, 2011
Albert Einstein

Successful Smart Person

In recent years the idea that higher intelligence and brain capacity don’t equate to a greater chance of success has gained ground through books and articles by the likes of the New Yorker’s Malcolm Gladwell and the New York Times’ David Brooks. Intelligence plays a role up to a point, they’ve argued, but after that it’s down to practice and persistence.

Michigan State University researcher Zack Hambrick disagrees, and he’s done the work to prove it. Through extensive studies Dr. Hambrick has gathered real-world data that indicates that Gladwell and Brooks are just plain wrong. Good news for those of us who dedicate time to working memory training to increase IQ.

“While the specialized knowledge that accumulates through practice is the most important ingredient to reach a very high level of skill, it’s not always sufficient,” said Hambrick, associate professor of psychology. “Working memory capacity can still predict performance in complex domains such as music, chess, science, and maybe even in sports that have a substantial mental component such as golf.”

“David Brooks and Malcolm Gladwell are simply wrong,” said Hambrick, “The evidence is quite clear: A high level of intellectual ability puts a person at a measurable advantage – and the higher the better.”