Posts Tagged ‘memory’

Brain Training Report – Robert Dawson – Stage 3, Session 12

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Stage: 3

Session number: 12

Average n-back: 3.3

This could be a fluke, but this morning, I realized that my memory has improved! Late last night while taking the train home, I started reading a book about a subject I’m fairly, but not extremely, interested in. And this morning, I realized that I remember much more than usual about what I read, including details that I shouldn’t have retained given how I skim.

Before I unreservedly applaud MindSparke, I’ll wait to see if this continues consistently. But it sure is nice!

MindSparke Working Memory Training

This post was submitted by Robert Dawson.

Brain Training Report – John-Stage 3, Session 6

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Session number: 06

Average n-back: 2.3

Duration (estimate in minutes): 15

After completing my first four sessions in stage three, I was unable to reach N3; this is very discouraging. It seems that my advances are minuscule in comparison to the time spent. Continuing diligently though, with the hope that if consistent, my cognitive abilities will gradually increase.

Over the last several months i have focused on my sleep, nutrition, and exercise. This is beginning to show some promise. Being constant in these areas has afforded me noticeable improvements in my attention, short term memory, and processing speed.

During Session 5,6, finally, I have broken through, to some extent, and was able to advance six times to N3. Obviously I would rather be a N4 or N5, but in time these levels will be attainable.

Merry Christmas to all.

Brain Fitness Pro working-memory training report

This post was submitted by John .

Memory’s Molecular Processes

Thursday, December 24th, 2009

A new study has explained a previous paradox in the molecular processes of memory formation.

Neuron with Connecting Synapses

Neuron with Connecting Synapses

Scientists had noticed the puzzling phenomenon that the formation of new memories was accompanied by protein degradation as well as protein synthesis at the brain’s synapses. A new study shows that the degradation of one set of protein molecules provides the RNA necessary to create the new proteins and solidify the memory being formed.

Published in Neuron and reported by the BBC –

Working-Memory Report – Larry – First Two Periods

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

Larry from Detroit has posted a his scores and thoughts on the training process a few times (Larry Session 7, Larry Session 11, Larry Session 19). He wrote to me a couple of days ago having completed his second full period of brain training. Larry confirmed that his improvements over those two sessions increased on a pretty straight line. (See below.) He ended the second period at a high of 3.66. Larry also shared the following:

“I’m observing some personal recall improvements, but will probably miss the subtleties of it all.  At age 75 I’ll merely be experiencing mental conditions from an earlier period and may accept them as
usual,.. ..’Going-back-in-time’ so to speak,..

I took a two week break between the two 19 Session Blocks (casually enjoying a few Sessions randomly, in between), and skipped a few days, intermittently, while doing the second,..

Finished on a binge of green tea and blueberries, met n=5 twice, and was politely dismissed,.. “

Seventy-five!! I hope I still have the head for Brain Fitness Pro at seventy-five. Well done, Larry!

Larrys Composite Scores

Does Neurogenesis Lead to Memory Loss?

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

I posted about this over at our sister blog – The Science of the Evolving Mind – I hadn’t considered the question until I came across the research suggesting an answer…

Could new cell formation in the hippocampus lead to the loss of existing memories?

Scientists from Korea have demonstrated that mice with a contextual fear memory retain that fear memory whether neurogenesis has been halted or not.

So, new brain cell growth doesn’t necessarily displace existing memories.

Good news for those of us intent on stimulating new neural growth!