EQPro Level 1 is a single mode emotional n-back game that alternates between spatial and verbal modes.
In Visual Mode when you press the ‘Start’ button, the Game window will open and every new presentation a face will move to one of 8 locations in the grey game square randomly. This screen is shown here with a square in one of the eight locations:
To start each new block, you do not need to press the arrow button – you can simply press the space bar. You can pause the game at any time by clicking the ‘clock’ icon. Just click it again to continue. You can cancel the block at any time by clicking the ‘trash’ icon.
The task in this mode is exactly the same as in ‘Visual Mode’ but instead of keeping track of the locations of faces, you are keeping track of spoken words.You start at an n-back level of 1. If a word repeats itself you press the ‘L’ key for a match. When you get proficient at n=1, you will progress to n=2 (a ‘2-back’). In this example of a 2 n-back, there are two matches where you need to press the ‘L’ key (‘PAINT’ and ‘SAD’):
Many find that using headphones makes training more optimal. To start each new block, you do not need to press the arrow button – you can simply press the space bar. You can pause the game at any time by clicking the ‘clock’ button. Just click it again to continue. You can cancel the block at any time by clicking the ‘trash’ button which takes you to the Session window.
Going up or down n-back levels
If you got 90% or more in a training Block, the memory gap for the next block increases 1 n-back level. If you get 75% or less on a block, the gap decreases 1 n-back level for the next 20 turns. Otherwise the n-back level stays the same. Your n-back level is a measure of your working memory capacity. In principle your capacity can increase all the way to a 6-back, 7-back or even higher. Your goal is to increase your n-back level. Once you have completed 10 blocks two windows open – a graph giving your average ‘working memory capacity’ (n-back) performance. In the graph, if you click on the ‘percent correct’ button, a ‘percentage correct’ graph opens.
Press the forward arrow button to open the Options window. In this window, there is information about sessions remaining, and your average ‘matches’, ‘mis-hits’ and ‘% correct’ performance for the previous 10 block session.