Accurate, detailed progress feedback can be an important tool in sticking with a course of action, and research suggests that this is as true for brain health as for other endeavors. Measuring your brain's health isn't yet quite as easy as stepping on a physical scale, but BrainHQ is here to help.
In this article we'll cover:
- Finding BrainAQ
- Your Brain Activity Quotient (AQ)
- Improving your BrainAQ score
- Scientific background
You can track your overall progress by
- Going to our web interface www.BrainHQ.com
- Clicking on the "Progress" tab at the top of the screen (taking you to the progress overview page)
You will automatically be on the first tab, called "DAYS TRAINED"
Note that this information is only available through BrainHQ on the web - the graphs are not yet available for BrainHQ on mobile devices.
Your Brain Activity Quotient (AQ)
The top graph shows your BrainHQ Activity Quotient (your BrainAQ):
Below that, the calendar view helps you track how frequently you are training:
The colored blocks show the dates you used BrainHQ, with darker colors representing more training. Mouse over a day for more details about your training on that day.
The top graph represents your overall gains from training with BrainHQ. When you join BrainHQ, your BrainAQ score starts at zero. Each time you complete a new training level, your BrainAQ will tick upward. As your performance improves on a level, your BrainAQ will increase proportionally, reflecting your cognitive gains from training. If your performance on a level slips, your BrainAQ may decrease, but you can always bring it back up with further training.
Your BrainAQ will also decrease slowly over time if you stop training, because the brain needs ongoing stimulation to stay sharp. The more times you repeat each training level, the slower those gains wear off - reflecting the benefits of intense practice. And you can always bring your quotient back up by revisiting levels that you haven't completed in a while.
Each day you train, you will gain a certain number of BrainAQ points (depending on how much you train) - and you will lose a certain number of BrainAQ points (as points you've earned earlier slowly wear off). It is possible that on a day you train, you might have more BrainAQ points wear off than you gain. If that happens, train a little extra to boost your gain for the day back into the positive range.
Improving your BrainAQ score
Regular training is the best way to maintain and improve your BrainAQ score. Train on new levels, improve your performance on levels you've already trained on, and most importantly - keep at it, and don't let your gains wear off!
There’s no maximum BrainAQ score - the more you train, the higher your BrainAQ will go.
A large clinical trial funded by the National Institutes of Health - the ACTIVE study - carefully measured how the gains from cognitive training build and then wear off over time. We developed a mathematical model based on ACTIVE study data, and then applied it to BrainHQ to help people track their own gains from cognitive training. Then we checked the model against the ACTIVE study data - making sure that if a person trained in BrainHQ the way people trained in the ACTIVE study, their BrainAQ showed the same increases and decreases over time that were seen in the ACTIVE study.