Posit Science has released a new version of BrainHQ based on users and partners feedback and the hard work of many scientists. The new design is easier to use and more engaging.
When you log into BrainHQ, you now have two options on how to train: Choose your own “EXERCISES” or let BrainHQ choose it for you under the “PERSONAL TRAINER”.
Personal Trainer Overview
The Personal Trainer is the most popular way to train on BrainHQ. Each time a user starts a personal trainer session, its algorithm looks at the user’s entire history of training and selects the exercise for the user to train next. In this way, the personal trainer adapts over the course of days and weeks to be individual for each person who uses it.
Timer versus Levels
The objective is to emphasize that a user’s goal is to complete levels and not just complete a certain amount of time. So the time clock is eliminated and instead, users now have a weekly goal of how many levels they aim to complete, and the Personal Trainer helps them achieve that goal.
By default, BrainHQ assumes a user’s goal is 24 levels per week (this can be customized in the profile page), and the personal trainer aims to have a user complete 1/3 of those levels per session (so that in three sessions per week, a user will complete their goal). In a future update, a user will be able to specify how many sessions per week they aim to train to complete their goal. Please note that there is no limitation on training more sessions per week or for a longer period of time per session. That is, if you wish to train more than the Personal Trainer recommendation in a day, you can start a next Personal Trainer session.
Personal Trainer Exercise List
In the New BrainHQ, a user starts the next exercise by clicking in the big circle on the right-hand side with the label “Start.” Generally, every screen in the New BrainHQ has a similar large circle designed to attract the eye and represent what a typical user should do next. While the exercises in the row in smaller circles represent the next exercises that are scheduled for training, a user can select any of them to train next (instead of the default next exercise in the large circle) by simply clicking on the exercise icon. Once they are done with that exercise and return to the Personal Trainer screen, the exercise will be removed from the list, but the identity and sequence of the other exercises will remain the same.
Changes in the Challenge Meter
Challenge meter is the area above the exercise that shows the difficulty (or challenge) of the current turn in the exercise.
In the New BrainHQ, the challenge meter shows performance in every exercise with stars – and for every exercise, more stars is better. As a user gets responses correct (still shown by filling in the small green arrows), the challenge meter will advance towards the next star. When a user achieves that star, the star will animate into the star counter in the upper left corner, showing the user their current performance level. If a user gets responses incorrect, the challenge meter will move left – away from the next star goal (but note that once a star is awarded, it stays – falling back on the challenge meter will never remove a star, it will just make the next star slightly further away).
Completing a Level in the Personal Trainer
After a user completes a level in the personal trainer, they get feedback about how they did and a choice about what to do next.
The way the personal trainer works in the New BrainHQ is that for a user to advance to the next exercise, they have to earn a cumulative total of 10 stars in the current exercise. Their progress towards this goal is shown each time they finish a level in the personal trainer. A high performing user might do this by getting 5 stars twice in a row, while a user who is struggling with the exercise might earn 1-2 stars each time, and repeat it 5-10 times. In this way, the personal trainer is now more personalized – users who need the extra practice at an exercise get it, and users who show high performance rapidly advance to the next exercise.
Completing a Session in the Personal Trainer
When a user completes a full personal trainer session, they are given feedback about their progress and performance across the exercises they did in that session. Now, when a user completes a personal trainer session, an animated sequence occurs that shows 1) how much their BrainAQ measure has improved, 2) how many stars they earned, organized by suite, 3) how many new stimulus sets they completed, and 4) how many days they have trained this week.
Changes to Specific Exercises
Based on reviewing large number of users’ performance data, modifications are made to the following eight exercises (we will soon provide more details on specific modifications): Mind’s Eye, Hear Hear, Card Shark, Auditory Ace, Freeze Frame, Optic Flow, Right Turn and Mental Map.