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April 13, 2014

I am about halfway through assessment on the ABC ACTIVE MEMORY program. I am enjoying it …..the program  is simple and clear and my aim with each game is simply to get three scores in a row in the highest (green=95+) category. I keep getting in the middle category and sometimes in the lowest (failed?) group…..but I gradually improved (see below). It is decidedly challenging and fun!

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Screen shot of game results

Level of difficulty

The level of difficulty goes up when you get three high scores (green) in a row. Time (speed of processing ) is also involved in many of the games. For example if I am not quick enough to solve the spatial block diagrams (challenging!) they are whipped off my screen and I am given another to solve. Screen Shot 2014-04-13 at 1.59.49 pmThe games (or tasks) are rather different from BRAIN HQ by Posit Science although both are considered to be training and measuring changes in memory, attention and flexibility in the brain.


The top graph (right) shows a combined score of all the different aspects of training and free play.

The lower graph shows the changes over time in


These three are vital to brain functioning at all times but particularly for older people. You can see my memory has hit some plateaus as the games get more difficult, however it is ATTENTION that requires attention!

There are recommended freeplay games if you want to play for more than the training period. Some games intrigue me and I play over and over to try to get three high scores in a row. There are no age norms available yet but that will be interesting when they have enough data.

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