Posts Tagged ‘brain injury’

Brain Training Report – BFI

Sunday, May 27th, 2012

Stage: 3

Session number: 14

Average n-back: 3.85

I’m sort of stuck on n=4, back and forth between n=5 and n=3. If I’m tired, it’s a bit more 3 and if I’m energized there are a few n=5′s thrown in.

I am curious what the top level for each stage is. I’m at 9 now on Double Ahead and Double Switchback, but I hobble through them. I’ve seen one person posting about a level 10. Is there a higher one? What’s the highest on stage 3 and stage 4? Just curious!

I achieve the sixes on up in the first two stages by imagining the visual flip linked to two letters at a time. The visual enhances the sound and the two letter group crunch enhances the visual. I have a data limit of about four, so I expect I will be at nine for a while.

I know original BFI is supposed to modify “over time”, but you don’t specify what time it’s modified over. As I’m recovering from a brain injury, my original probably is really pathetically low but it keeps going up – it’s at 300 now. When a person had to learn how to walk, talk, and eat again, I’m guessing the starting score ought stay pretty low.

My goal is to get my IQ back up to what it was before the brain injury. I think I’ve got some permanent damage to accessing certain memories, but it’s clear from psych tests they’ve done on me that that most if not all of the memories (mostly words but also faces) are indeed there; it’s accessing them that’s fallen by the wayside. There is also damage to the part of the brain that converts from short term memory to midterm such as working memory. I am hoping the separation of working memory from fluid intelligence done on the Double Gapmatch will increase my ability to access memories and convert from ST to medterm.

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Brain Training Report – Lizzit

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Stage: 1

Session number: 1

Average n-back: 5.1

I had a severe head injury following a traffic accident where someone effectively ran a red light bumped me over whilst I was dutifully waiting for a light to change. I had to relearn how to walk and sit up and there has been a negative effect on my ability to access some memories. Gosh, now I know how normal people forget stuff having been forced to be below normal for two weeks and normal for another two. 6 weeks later, I find I need to push the envelope because eeew, scoring lower on the IQ test really bugged me. I scored 132 on the 1973 Weschler child exam, but only 125 last week on the WAIS-IV. Being 5.3% lower than I used to be sticks in my craw; I desire as of yesterday was to attain being within 2%. How jolly good to discover I might just exceed my old score! Challenges envelope me, this will be quite a kool game to play for the next year. Interestingly, fluid intelligence whupped up a notch last week just by hanging out with five other people scoring 2+ standard deviation from the norm. I recall learning music was much faster when I hung out with musicians better than myself. For those of you pushing the envelope, consider spending significant periods of time with people better than yourself at IQ/music.

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This post was submitted by Lizzit.

Brain Training Therapy For Brain Injury

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

Psychologists in London, England, have shown that brain training can aid recovery from brain injuries.

As reported at the British Psychological Society’s Annual Conference in Stratford-upon-Avon on April 16, 2010, scientists at London’s Metropolitan University, just 15 minutes of daily brain training brought about dramatic memory improvements.

According to Dr Simon Moore – “It is really interesting to find that people with brain injuries both benefited from, and enjoyed these brain training games, and we hope that they can become part of treatment programmes that improve brain injured patients’ independence and self-fulfilment.”

This finding reinforces the anecdotal reports from Mind Sparke customers that Brain Fitness Pro restores cognitive ability lost after brain injury from physical trauma, adverse drug reaction, or depression.