BrainHQ lets you track your progress in an exercise by showing your complete performance history on each level of every exercise. This lets you see which exercises and levels you have worked on (and which ones you haven't), and see how your performance has improved over time.
In this article we’ll cover:
- Finding the exercise progress graphs
- Understanding the exercise progress graphs
- Where the progress information comes from
- Using the progress information
Finding the exercise progress graphs
You can track your progress in an exercise by
- Going to BrainHQ on the web
- Clicking on the "Exercises" button
- Selecting an exercise (taking you to the exercise overview page)
- Click on the exercise icon at the top of the screen (taking you to the exercise page)
The exercise page shows each stage and level of the exercise.
Note that this information is only available through BrainHQ on the web - the graphs are not yet available for BrainHQ on mobile devices.
Understanding the exercise progress graphs
Below is an example from stage four of Double Decision.
In this example, the BrainHQ user has trained on the first two levels (which show stars and graphs) and has not yet trained on the next four levels.
In the first level (shown in the upper left tile), the BrainHQ user has repeated the level 6 times. (Note the six columns in the performance graph.) Over the first four repetitions, the user's performance steadily improved (note that the heigh of the columns goes up). On the fifth repetition, the user's performance went down a bit, and then improved on the sixth repetition.
In the lower left of the tile, the number in black (683 milliseconds in this example) shows the user's performance at baseline - the first time they did the level. In the lower right of the tile, the number in green (53 milliseconds in this example) shows the user's best performance.
Different exercises will have different numbers and different units showing a user's performance. In this case (Double Decision), performance is measured in milliseconds (the duration that the stimuli are shown on the screen), and lower numbers show faster - and better - performance. In the case of Target Tracker (for example), performance is measured in the number of objects tracked, and higher numbers show better performance.
The best performance score shown in the tile is not necessarily from the most recent repetition - in this case, the user's best performance was the fourth time they did this level (as can be seen from the performance graph - the fourth bar is the highest).
The best performance is also summarized by the number of stars at the top of the tile. In this case, the user's best performance (53 milliseconds) is a three star performance - meaning that with more practice, the user could improve further - to a four or even a five star performance.
In the second level (in the upper right), the BrainHQ user has repeated the level three times (note the three columns in the performance graph). has with the first two levels having been completed and repeated a few times. In this case, the user's best performance is also 53 milliseconds, however on this level this is a five star performance - peak performance. This is because different levels of the same exercise have different stimuli, and so can be more (or less challenging). In this example, the second level of Double Decision has stimuli out further in a user's peripheral vision - making the second level more challenging than the first. This means that 53 milliseconds is around average performance on the first level, but is an extremely good performance on the second level.
If you repeat a level many times, the performance graph will change from showing each repetition as a single column to showing your baseline, best, and most recent repetition, connected by lines.
Below is an example from stage 2 of Double Decision.
In this example, the BrainHQ user has trained many times on the first two levels, so their individual performance for each repetition is not shown. Instead, in the first level, the graph shows their baseline, best, and most recent performance. In the second level, the graph shows their baseline and most recent performance - and their more recent performance is their best performance.
Where the progress information comes from
The information in the graphs and the stars shown comes from each time you do a level of training. You can do your training in the personal trainer, or directly from this screen - any way that you train on a level, your progress information will be shown here.
Although these graphs are not yet available in BrainHQ on mobile devices, any training that you do on a mobile device is tracked and will show up in these graphs when you next visit the BrainHQ web site.
Using the progress information
You can check this page as often as you like to keep an eye on the progress you are making in BrainHQ. If you are training regularly, you should be seeing your performance go up in each level, and new levels opening up with performance graphs. Keep going!
You can also use this progress information to guide your training. For example, you can pick an exercise you enjoy, and work to get at least two stars in each level in a stage - and then push yourself to get each level to three stars, then four stars - and maybe even five stars! You'll be rewarded by medals as you progress.