I have just created my first Android app. It is a simple game, called Single N-Back. It has been shown in multiple studies that this game can improve your fluid intelligence.
You can get it here:
- Or just scan this QR code:
The game rules are very simple:
You are shown a sequence of numbers and your task is to click the button if you see the current number matches the one from N steps earlier in the sequence.
For example, in 2-Back, when you get the sequence
5, 3, 0, 4, 2, 8, 9, 1, 9
you should press the button because the currently showen numer 9 is the same as the number shown 2 steps back.
You start with 2-Back, and if more than 80% is correct, you can unlock the next N-back level.
Here are some screenshots of the extremely
ugly clean user interface:
Since I have not made this test up by myself, here are some papers that explain the validity that that kind of game actually improves fluid intelligence:
- The relationship between n-back performance and matrix reasoning–implications for training and transfer. SM Jaeggi, B Studer-Luethi, M Buschkuehl, YF Su… 2010
- Short-and long-term benefits of cognitive training, SM Jaeggi, M Buschkuehl – Proceedings of the …, 2011
- Dual N-Back FAQ
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