Dual N-Back Task and Focus

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Dual N-Back Task and Focus

2014-01-28 14:56:26

One of the biggest challenges for me while doing the Dual N-Back task has always been a lack of focus.

Well, not always.

The first weeks of training were almost perfect. The brain was fully loaded and I didn't have a millisecond of time to think of anything else other than the letters, the blue squares and theirs positions.

I can't believe I was doing it on 3 seconds per trial speed (feels so boring when I try it now).

But the the brain got accustomed to the task. The more time I spent on it the more irrelevant thoughts began to occupy my head during the exercise. That's why I stopped doing the Dual N-Back - there was just no sense in doing it in background, the progress has stopped.

But there was a feeling I still can benefit from the N-Back task, only if I could maintain the focus during the exercise. Today I tried again the asynchronous N-Back and was surprised with the forgotten feeling of novelty of the exercise. Especially interesting was the auditory asynchronous task. I only used 1-Back for asynchronous stimulis, so I think doing the Dual 3-Back with 2-Back auditory stimulis will also be much more exciting.

What do you think of the asynchronous N-Back? Do you find it challenging? What else can you advise to maintain focus during the task?

PS You may enable the asynchronous mode in the game type selection dialog. Check the "async" checkbox that is to the right of the stimulus type and select the desired asynchronous level.