Blog about personal experience with ADHD by Robert Dawson

MindSparke progress

Day 23. Thanks to piracetam, the slope of my score curve has increased, turning from a line into an upward curve.

MindSparke after 23 sessions After 23 sessions, an upward curve emergesI'm apparently (could be temporary) improving faster. Piracetam works. Or maybe Alpha-GPC. Or both. Or ALCAR. Or 5-HTP. Or all combined. Or playing more than once a day, as with yesterday. Although, you would think that a break helps, as it seemed to have helped after returning from vacation. But, then, I started piracetam then, too.

Whatever the cause or the case, this is good news, assuming the effect of playing MindSparke generalizes into everyday experience and boosts my productivity or speed. Actually, I'd settle for just a faster processor.

I just hope I don't suffer the fate of Charlie in Flowers for Algernon.

MindSparke progress

MindSparke extrapolation MindSparke extrapolationI'm making good progress with n-back exercises. Today, I averaged 4-back. Now, 2-back is way too easy and 3-back is nearly as effortless. The image above is my estimation of future progress. I expect to reach 5-back before my 40th session.

As for practical benefits, I can't yet say. My memory does seem better, but I'm not sure why that would be a short-term effect of improved working memory.

MindSparke progress

For eight days, I have used MindSparke to increase working memory. Working memory is how much information you can hold in your head at once. How does this help ADD? If you take more in, even with the same amount of attention, you have more to process and act on. So, maybe you get more done. Of course, you need to be able to process it all and have the motivation to act. But, together with Lumosity, I'm hoping to see improvement, which I gauge by my level of productivity.

Back to MindSparke, here is my progress.

My progress with MindSparke after 8 sessions My progress with MindSparke after 8 sessionsWhat does this mean? The exercise being measured is called n-back. You can also read the research that got all the attention connecting it to increased fluid intelligence. What the chart above shows is that my average n-back score has increased, from 2.6 to 3.5. Basically, where dual-back exercises strained me at first, leading to a real headache (a first for me with brain training), I'm now fairly comfortable with 4-back and find myself straining with 5-back. It feels good to improve at this, or anything for that matter. The question is whether I see transfer into daily activities. Again, for me, the biggest benefit would be productivity. Oh, and better planning wouldn't hurt.