Brain Workshop - a Dual N-Back game
Brain Workshop is a free open-source version of the dual n-back brain training exercise.
What if a simple mental exercise could improve your memory and intelligence?
A recent study published in PNAS, an important scientific journal, shows that a memory task called dual n-back improves working memory (short term memory) and fluid intelligence. These findings are important because fluid intelligence was previously thought to be unchangeable.
Brain Workshop implements this dual n-back task, and enables you to improve your working memory and fluid intelligence. The dual n-back task involves remembering a sequence of spoken letters and a sequence of positions of a square at the same time, and identifying when a letter or position matches the one that appeared n trials earlier. Brain Workshop can closely replicate the conditions of the original study. In addition, it also includes optional extended game modes such as Triple N-Back and Arithmetic N-Back. It also includes features such as statistics tracking, graphs and easy configurability.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that the dual n-back task also enhances focus and attention and may help improve the symptoms of ADHD/ADD.
Brain Workshop works on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Mac OS X and Linux.
Since its initial release in August 2008, Brain Workshop has been downloaded over 775,000 times!
New to the Dual N-Back phenomenon?
- See this Wired article for an introduction to the Dual N-Back exercise and its benefits.
- Read the original research paper by Jaeggi, et al. (2008).
- Learn how to play by reading this quick tutorial.
- Download the software.
We welcome the use of Brain Workshop for experimental research. Please contact us to discuss this possibility.
Dual N-Back Community
- Join the Dual N-Back, Brain Training & Intelligence forum & mailing list at Google Groups for some interesting discussions on dual n-back, memory, intelligence and the brain.
Gwern's Dual N-Back FAQ
- Gwern Branwen maintains an extensive (unofficial) Dual N-Back FAQ. Note the table of contents on the right side of the page.
Brain Workshop was created by Paul Hoskinson, and is maintained by Paul Hoskinson and Jonathan Toomim.