Friday, December 30, 2011

More from Posit Science

Alright, so I've done some more assessments with Posit Science:

Visual Training

Master Gardener:  This measures my visual working memory processing speed.  It was calculated to be 104 ms, with a goal set for 69 ms.

 Road Tour:  This measures my useful field of view (the field from which my brain can extract information).  It was calculated to be 61 ms (don't ask why it's measured in ms; I have no idea), with a goal set for 18 ms.  This corresponds to widening it by about 1.7 feet in terms of size.

Auditory Training

High or Low?:  I managed to distinguish 35 ms sweeps spaced 20 ms apart.

Tell us apart:  I cleared doe/toe, nearly cleared bu/du and gah/dah, and started sah/stah

Match it!:  This one is similar to tell us apart, but it's more like concentration.  I managed to do this with 24 cards.

~Ian

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Preliminary Posit Science Results

So, I did my first session with my new Posit Science software.  How did I do?  I took four assessments today; here are my results:

Visual Processing:

Bird Safari:  This measures my processing speed, which was measured at 81 ms.  The goal set for me is to be able to process information in 58 ms.  A difference of 23 ms might not sound like much, but it cuts my time almost in half, and would correspond to stopping a car going 55 mph (about 90 kph) 1.8 feet (0.55 m) sooner than I would now, which can make a big difference in terms of avoiding accidents.

Jewel Diver:  This measures my divided attention, i.e. my ability to focus on multiple things.  Currently, I'm able to focus on an average of 4.4 things simultaneously, with the goal being set at 5.1.

Auditory Processing:

High or Low?:  This measures my ability to process the auditory sweeps that occur ubiquitously in language.  After 15 minutes of training, I was able to distinguish 40 ms-long sweeps spaced 20 ms apart, and between 35 ms-long sweeps spaced 509 ms apart.  By my next High of Low session, my goal is to be able to tell 35 ms-long sweeps spaced 20 ms apart, and possibly the same for 30 ms-long sweeps.

Tell us Apart:  This measures my ability to distinguish between similar consonants.  After 15 minutes of training, I was able to distinguish dah/gah at emphasis level 9, doe/toe at level 9, and bu/du at level 2.  Emphasis level is just a measure of how much emphasis is put on each consonant.  By my next Tell us Apart session, my goal is to be able to do all three at level 14

Also, my hat goes off to whoever composed the music for this company; it's freaking awesome.

~Ian

Update

Hello, all.  Of course, I'm pretty much talking to air, here, but I figured I'd update all zero of you on what's been going on since my last post:

0000. Finals:  they were a bitch this semester.  I ended up, at a really bad suggestion, taking way too many credits, and it was just too much.  I haven't yet figured out how well I did this semester, but I'm nervous as hell, and I'm not as confident as I usually am about it.  At least they're finally over.

0001. Brain training:  I haven't been keeping up much with DNB since my last post, mostly because of finals.  I haven't yet given up hope of reaching my goal, although it's going to be pretty difficult to reach D4B.

0010.  Speaking of brain training, the Posit Science brain training software I ordered (for both my birthday and Newtonmas) has arrived.  Since it was on a huge sale, I ordered the complete package:  both auditory and visual training.  I haven't tried it yet, but I'm feeling excited about it.

0011.  I have made arrangements with a friend:  sometime during winter break, we're going to get together and build a miniature railgun.  That might not seem too out of the ordinary, until I tell you that the railgun is going to be designed to launch tampons.  I know, I really need to get a life.  I will definitely put the results, succeed or fail, up here once we attempt it.

0100.  Programming:  I've been brushing up on it.  This includes learning some new languages as well as streamlining my knowledge of the old.  The new languages mostly include Arduino (which is awesome, btw), and Ruby.  One of the languages I'm streamlining is Brainfuck.  It might not be a very practical language, but it is fun, and somewhat rewarding when you get something working in it.  I hope to eventually get around to writing a BF tutorial on this blog; it's going to be very fun, for me and you alike.

0101. Why have I been learning Arduino and Ruby?  Because I'm taking my grinding and biohacking to the next level; I hope to build an actual biology lab in my apartment.  I'm aware that there are several obstacles, not all of them technical, but I'm really hoping to do it.  So, a bunch of what I'm hoping to build (such as a PCR thermocycler) will be run by an Arduino.  Also, BioRuby is a library for Ruby, which allows you to analyze data coming from biology research (basically, it's bioinformatics software).  Also, I'm making some major breakthroughs in grinding with some fellow sapes, and knowing Arduino will really help on that front.  It's very similar to C++, which I pretty much know cold, so it shouldn't be too hard.

0110.  Finally, I've registered for classes this semester.  One such class is a bioinformatics class, which I anticipate being very fun.  The languages we're going to use are Perl and Matlab, which should be fun.  We might even learn how to use the BioPerl module :D

And I hereby give everyone permission to fuck with me mercilessly until I remember to update the blog.

~Ian