Archive for the ‘Brain Exercises’ Category

Session 12 Avg 6.5 (many prior 19 day stints in the past)

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Hello! I’ve been familiar with BFP for a long time, done around 6 19 day periods of action, through the course of abouuut 4 years? 3 might be closer. The last time I had one however was at least a year and a half back, and I wanted to start it up again before this semester of school begins. This last session was probably my best ever average, so I figure this will be a fun place to start posting and sharing. Something I noticed in my prior years has been that I would always plateau at close to 5.8, never could quite reach 6. That bothered me before, as I knew, for a fact, dammit, that was not close to where my best was at. So I’m really committing more than ever before with this session, and I can tell I am gaining some ground mentally both on and off the court < per Lebron James post game – and frankly Im very enthusiastic about it this go around.

Sometimes before, much like working out in the gym, while doing it I wondered what was even the point, or the goal, or if my heart was into it enough. The moment a question like that comes to mind someone immediately should discern that yes, it is worth it, and you need to find out why once you’re complete with your assignment. I have found that BFP in many ways gives you understanding that meditation does. You’re sitting quietly, for half an hour, focusing diligently on this mental task. It makes your brain release dopamine and seratonin (whichever it may be, I think it is both) while it reprogrammes it from the bottom up. If BFP were being advertised as a treatment for depression, I believe it could gain some serious momentum. Its like meditation that all you have to do is click start to initiate, and reap mental benefits from. Its exactly what they would need, combined with an outlet of expression (like this), or whatever else they decided on. Anyway…

The gains that we experience during this first 19 day stint I think are not completely obvious, because the brain is COMPLICATED. What I believe, however, is all of the heavy lifting, the initiation, towards a possible massive dynamic shift in our conciousness and IQ is at our doorstep once we make enough progress in BFP to feel like something has been really completed.  The veil towards a higher thinking, is lifted, (i.e. IQ is gained), and we actually have the possibility to investigate this new platform to successfully hold on to it! Isnt that remarkable??

More soon BFP champs,


Brain Training Benefits – New UCLA Study

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

UCLA researchers Dr. Karen Miller and Dr. Gary Small, both at the Semel Institute, received the Blue Ribbon Award (for methodological rigor, merit, and potential impact on the science and practice of clinical neuropsychology) at American Psychological Association’s Annual Convention for a new study on the benefits of brain training.  Their research showed regular brain fitness training led to significant improvements in memory and language for a group of senors.  Those who undertook regular brain training for six-months enjoyed much more improvement in memory and language skills, compared to a second group who trained infrequently.

This is the latest in a recent string of research studies showing that brain fitness tools can benefit language and memory and perhaps help reduce age-related memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease.

MindSparke Day 1

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Today, I officially begin my brain fitness program.  After doing a bit of research with pro vs. luminosity, I decided to settle on the pro since it was slightly cheaper and many people claim to see its benefits.

Session 1 and 2 were slightly challenging but relatively straightforward to understand.  As for session 3, it became much more difficult to understand the objective and keep focused on remembering every 2nd interim pattern.  I found myself to be slightly confused and challenged to identify a pattern.  I only achieved a 2.1 on this exercise today.  In combination with the practice and training, this session took me about an hour to complete with only 5% progress.

Session 4 was highly challenging. I had to take a break and come back to it since I spent so much time on 3 and was beginning to get a headache (I guess that means my brain is working?).  I went to work and came back to do a few practices on session 4 (aural and visual separately).  I plan to tackle this part tomorrow.

Let’s hope some sleep will help me connect the circuits a little better.


NEW: Version 3 Upgrade

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Great new features and a slew of enhancements:

  1. Support for the iPad
  2. Targeted training by personality type
  3. Blog integration

V3 also adds a “frequently asked questions” column, embedded the Stage 3 Help demo right into the Info screen, easy access to account information, improved password reset process, and incorporated several useful automated “training tips” that show up as needed.

To learn more about the new features, enhancements and fixes in version 3, Click here

Brain Training Report – Rich – Stage 1, Session 1

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

Stage: 1

Session number: 1

Average n-back: 4.25

First session went well. Went straight to n=5 on my first four blocks. However, once there, I kept missing one or two visuals. Finally, I went back down to n=4 and again could not get everything correct there (usually, I would miss a single visual). I stayed at n=4 though until I got into a grove and finally went up to n=5 for the last 5 blocks. I managed to get 4 of those last 5 blocks correct.

At the end of the session I got a congratulations message and am being moved to double switchback for my next session.

I did the guided meditation (I am using SE) beforehand.

I did the session at the end of the day, before dinner.

MindSparke Brain Training Software


This post was submitted by hank44.

MindSparke Version 3 Upgrade

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Hello, All.

We’re very pleased to announce that we will be upgrading the MindSparke online brain training suite on Thursday, July 19 (Pro, SE and IC). We will need to interrupt training services between approximately 10am and 1pm EST (NY Time) as we launch the new version. This release incorporates exciting new features and addresses the most common customer requests for enhancements from recent months:

  1. Support for the iPad: With Version 3 (and Internet access) you will now be able to train on the iPad using the Safari web browser.
  2. Targeted training by personality type:  New research shows that your personality type can affect the benefits you gain from certain types of working memory training.  We’ve incorporated a few questions that will help determine just the right training style for you.
  3. Blog integration: With version 3 you’ll be able to link your blog account to your training account and view and post items from within the training system, logging in only once.

In addition, we’ve added a “frequently asked questions” column, embedded the Stage 3 Help demo right into the Info screen, made account information easier to find and modify, improved the process for password reset, and incorporated several useful automated “training tips” that show up as needed.

We hope you’ll enjoy the new system.  Please let us know what you think.

Martin Walker


Brain Training Report – Ezhil – Stage 3, Session 2

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Stage: 3

Session number: 2

Average n-back: 2.55

Second day today on stage 3. Performance was pretty fluid at N-2, but N-3 is quite a struggle with remembering the sequences. Scores have marginally improved from day 1 to day 2 though, so hopefully there would be more gains in the next few days.

MindSparke Brain Fitness Software

This post was submitted by ezhilk.

Brain Training Report – Shariff – Stage 3, Session 1

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Stage: 3

Session number: 1

Average n-back: 2

Definitely very difficult. I have a hard time doing the n=3.

MindSparke Working Memory Training

This post was submitted by Shariff.

Brain Training Report – Shariff – Stage 2, Session 5

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Stage: 2

Session number: 5

Average n-back: 5

I am really feeling my brain pulsing and feeling so drained! I never knew it could give me a slight headache. I am trying to get as many right in n=5.

MindSparke Brain Training Software

This post was submitted by Shariff.

Brain Training Report – Javi – Stage 1, Session 1

Thursday, July 5th, 2012

Stage: 1

Session number: 1

Average n-back: 4.45

I got everything correct for the first 16 rounds or so, then I actually almost physically felt my brain being exercise and worn out, and I got a couple incorrect at N=6. I’m really liking these exercises

MindSparke Brain Fitness Software

This post was submitted by Javier Acevedo.