Psychometric Testing for WM Training Interventions
I am currently collaborating with Yoni Donner at Stanford University, in online studies looking at pre and post-training measures of cognition before and after working memory training.
The objective of the testing is to provide a kind of ‘cognitive profile’ where the criteria adopted are:
- Fast but valid and reliable online tests – with an emphasis on optimization
- Comprehensive test battery for a diverse range of cognitive skills (e.g. attention, working memory, motor control, associative learning).
- Easily integrated with online intervention programs.
- Clearly interpretable for users.
The i3 Mindware plugin – PsiProfiler – integrates a number of tests from the Quantified Mind test battery, enabling users to track their cognitive gains on multiple dimensions of performance while providing data for intervention research and development.
WM Training for Interpretation
In a collaboration with Prof. Dr. Aymil DOĞAN, Hacettepe University, Turkey, this project investigates applications of dual n-back training to the field of interpretation and translation.
In simultaneous interpretation, the interpreter often – but not always – works in a soundproofed booth. The speaker in the meeting room speaks into a microphone, the interpreter receives the sound through a headset and renders the message into a microphone almost simultaneously. The delegate in the meeting room selects the relevant channel to hear the interpretation in the language of his/her choice.
Working memory training and expanding working memory capacity is expected to improve interpreting performance, and this collaboration investigates this hypothesis.
N-Geri: Turkish Dual N-Back
This project is developing a dual n-back based cognitive intervention business for the Turkish market in partnership with Armağan Çam, GAU University, Cyprus.
The focus of this project is on focused on the following:
- Turkish translation n-back app
- Cloud-based – with subscription accounts
- Targeting education, corporate and health sectors.
Hormesis as a Cognitive Intervention
In collaboration with Matt Selma, Toronto, Canada, we are writing is a book on the cognitive benefits of fasting and other hormetic stressors.
Hormesis is the term for a beneficial biological response to low exposures to toxins and other stressors. The amount of the stressor matters of course, as this diagram of the hormesis response illustrates:
Hormetic stressors include exercise, fasting, phytochemicals and mental challenges. The scientific literature indicates that the hormesis response can upgregulate adaptive cellular stress responses and ‘vitagenes’ resulting in improved health, immunity and brain function.