Posts Tagged ‘adhd’

Training – one week on.

Friday, November 19th, 2010

Session number: 20

Average n-back: 2.5

Duration (estimate in minutes): 30

Have been using the program regularly (as you can no doubt tell, from my session number), mostly out of frustration at n=3. Have really struggled at that level, though I suppose the time it takes for the brain to adapt is in fact true – I’m now getting perfect or near perfect scores at n=2, and managed a row of four n=3 before dropping back down to 2 this morning. Even managed n=4 once, so that’s progress I suppose.

On IQ tests – GIQ gave me 142 some time back, so I decided not to use that to determine any possible minor increases. But I did take the Raven’s test in Spanish, which gave me 120 some time back, and 134 this time around – impressive, as a small increase I would have attributed to either practice effects or falling within the usual confidence intervals. Such an increase is possible due to variance, but unlikely, at least in my case – I typically dislike tests with matrices as tracking and recalling the changes can be tiring and visually overwhelming. Definitely had an easier time of picking out the relevant info this time, but will try the International High IQ society practice test around day 19, as they vary the questions.

I’m not expecting very much so early on, but my recall may have improved slightly for material.

Looking at studies of ADHD and working memory has been interesting, particularly poorer performance on visuo-spatial memory. That has definitely improved since I started the program, and I’d always considered mine poor. My challenge at the moment at n=3 is that I typically do well now at either the visual or auditory portions, but not both with any consistency. So here’s hoping I can improve in engaging both at the same time.

Brain Fitness Pro working-memory training report

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Working memory and academic success

Monday, September 8th, 2008
Lynn Carahaly

Lynn Carahaly

On Friday I introduced my 15-year old daughter Dorothy to training with Brain Fitness Pro. As Dot notes in her blog post she struggles with tests and with quantitative concepts. We’re both hoping that by strengthening her working-memory she’ll have a more successful time at school. This morning I saw a post from Lynn Carahaly (ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist for The Alcott Center for Cognitive Enhancement, LLC) talking about the critical role of working-memory for academic success.

Lynn gives a clear compelling perspective of someone in the field of learning skills:

“A limited working memory capacity often results in the loss of crucial information when trying to follow instructions. If information is not stored properly, or at all, a child cannot retrieve this information for future tasks or build upon prior information for learning. Children with working memory deficits demonstrate difficulty remembering information from one lesson to the next.”

She also refers to a study by researchers from the University of York who found that working memory capacity for children as young as four years old is a predictor of academic success.

All of which confirms and strengthens my conviction that effectively using neuroplasticity to our advantage will be a significant development in the world of learning and education.