Portable Brain Workshop 4.8.4

Lightweight and simple-to-use application which enables you to access some N-back brain training exercises, as well as generate progress graphs
Portable Brain Workshop is a small, yet useful software tool whose sole purpose is to help you access some exercises that have been proved to help you improve your short-term memory and fluid intelligence (IQ).

Perks of portability

This is the portable counterpart of Brain Workshop, which means that you are not required to go through the installation process. Consequently, it will not add entries to the Windows registry or Start menu/screen without your approval.

Aside from that, a noteworthy aspect is that you can run Portable Brain Workshop on any computer you have been granted access to, by simply moving the program files to an external data drive, such as a USB flash drive.

Clean interface and configurable exercises

The UI you come by sports a simple design, so that anybody can use it, even those with little to no experience at all with computers. Moreover, it contains a number of tips, so that you can be sure how to work with it at its full potential.

The exercises provided involve remembering sequences of spoken letters or displayed squares, in a tic-tac-toe pattern. While at first it may be confusing, you will soon get the hang of it, as you can even run in a manual mode, so as to set up your own pace.

It is also possible to add colors, images and arithmetic to the exercises, so as to make them more challenging, and you can use up to four simultaneous visual stimuli and view a graph of your daily progress, for all games played.

Conclusion

The computer’s performance is not at all affected, as the CPU and memory usage is minimal. The response time is good, the interface is friendly and there are enough exercises to keep you busy for quite a while. Taking all of this into consideration, we can safely say Portable Brain Workshop is an efficient piece of software. However, it has not been updated in quite a while.

Reviewed by , last updated on March 3rd, 2014


file size:
12.7 MB
price:
FREE!
developed by:
Radix
license type:
GPL 
operating system(s):
Windows XP / Vista / 7
category:
C: \ Portable Software \ Education

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Portable Brain Workshop - This is the main window of Portable Brain Workshop, where you will be able to access all the features of the application.
What's New in version 4.8
  • Changed config.ini file format. Existing config.ini files will be renamed and replaced. Users will have to migrate their customizations manually.
  • Added Multi-stim modes, whereby objects appear in two to four places
  • in the 3x3 grid at the same time. Objects can be differentiated either by image or by color.
  • Added Crab modes. In crab modes, you have to reverse every N stimuli when matching, so that in 3-back, if the stimuli you saw were the first line below, then you would be matching them against the second line
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Application description

Portable Brain Workshop is a Python implementation of the Dual N-Back mental exercise. Portable Brain Workshop wa...

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