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Please visit the Brain Workshop web site for help & instructions! From the main screen, press W to open the web site. Pressing H will open the Help & Tutorial page. Or visit: http://brainworkshop.sourceforge.net Configuration options are available in the file 'config.ini' in the data folder. This file is created the when the program is first launched. Windows users can access this file via the 'Configuration' item in the Brain Workshop group in the Start Menu. Mac OS X users will need to right-click on the brainworkshop icon, select "Show Package Contents", and browse to Contents/MacOS/data/. Let us know if you have any comments or suggestions: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Enjoy! ---------------------------------------------------------------------*** NOTE TO LINUX AND SOURCE-CODE USERS: *** Python 2.5 or later is required to run Brain Workshop on Linux. Python 2.4 may also work as long as the python-ctypes package is installed. [Note: Windows versions and Mac OS X .app bundled versions of Brain Workshop have python included.] The latest version of python can be downloaded here: http://www.python.org/download/releases/ Music support requires AVBin (highly recommended!) AVBin is included in binary distributions of Brain Workshop, but source code users will want to download AVBin here: http://code.google.com/p/avbin/ Detailed instructions and links for Mac OS X, Linux and win32 source installation are available on the Brain Workshop web site: http://brainworkshop.sourceforge.net ---------------------------------------------------------------------Change Log: 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, like thus:
* * * * * * * * ABCDEFGHIJKLMNO ---CBAFEDIHGLKJ Full support for multiple users and/or profiles. Made Brain Workshop ask for donations. Changed how often matches are generated for modes other than Dual N-back. 4. * The daily rollover hour for stats can now be specified in the config file. (n+1).) Trial-by-trial session data are now recorded to disk in Python's pickle format in the USERNAME-sessions. or (in multi-stim mode) by swapping the positions of the stimuli (n) trials ago. New mode-. Go to the Sound Selection screen to choose the sound set and channel (left. You should do as the program asks. * Number of trials per session now increases automatically with higher n-back levels.7: * Added Dual Audio n-back modes. Changed how scores are calculated in graphing.5: * First release with Quad N-Back and other new modes * Includes various other improvements. * Timing resolution has been increased to 0. Two configuration options were added to control this behavior. the percentage of items correct now affects the exact score in addition to the N-back level. 4.3 seconds per trial. with a maximum speed of 0. * Comments may be added to the stats file on separate lines beginning with the # character. * Stats file may be specified on the command line with --statsfile.1 seconds. All of the music files and some of the other media files have been removed for copyright reasons and replaced with free alternatives.lindfors@iki. This lets you easily keep separate statistics for different settings (for example. * A bug was fixed where certain trials would not show up in the list . Added an "interference" setting. * Jaeggi Mode will activate certain options to emulate the appearance of the software used in the original study. or (2n) trials ago. complementing the --configfile command line parameter. 4. with different timings or with JAEGGI_SCORING in the config file) or for different users.4: * Novice Mode was renamed to Jaeggi Mode. and user-selection screens. * Title screen graphic is now colored inversely when a black background is selected.ini file.] * The data and res directories can now be specified on the command line using the --datadir and --resdir parameters (contributed by Timo Juhani Lindfors <timo.fi>).dat files. by default every 100 sessions. whereby a certain percentage of the time Brain Workshop will generate trials designed to be particularly tricky. [Note: to see the new config options. (This behavior can be changed in the config.41: * The size of the field with the FIELD_EXPAND option was decreased slightly. such as by making the current stimulus match the stimulus (n-1). The calculation can be adjusted from the config file. * Toggling Manual Mode no longer reverts to default settings. right. center) for each sound stimulus. delete your current config file and relaunch Brain Workshop to generate a fresh config. sound-. 4.
12: * Fixed level increase threshold in Novice mode * Novice mode now generates 4 visual matches. If you're having sound problems.ini will be created if necessary when BW is launched for the first time. * Music and applause is stopped when entering the progress graph to avoid sound skipping. * OpenAL is now the default sound driver in Linux if available. The config file config. Tri or Quad Combination N-Back.0 on the vertical axis to give a better overall picture. 4. * Launching in Novice Mode will no longer cause a crash. * Progress graphs now start from 1. * Average n-back indicator will only count sessions specific to the current game mode.) * Config file changes: The starting N-Back mode and game speed is now separately adjustable for each game mode. * The cutoff for daily averages is is now 4:00 AM instead of midnight. * A setting was added to expand the size of the field to fill the screen. 4. * Arithmetic Mode: The acceptable decimal answers can be set in the config file. delete your current config file and relaunch Brain Workshop to generate a fresh config. * The grid lines and crosshairs can be toggled in the config file. The n-back level is displayed in the center and changes randomly every 3 seconds. * Three new music clips were added.22: * There's a new title screen. * New Morse Code sounds can be used with any n-back mode. * The Clear Stats key (Control-C) is working again. Variable N-Back can also be set as default.] 4. * Sounds for the auditory n-back task can be selected by pressing S. (The sound may not stop in Linux due to driver limitations. * Progress graph: date axis will no longer skip days. * Default config file is no longer packaged with the download so upgrading to this version won't overwrite existing configuration settings.if the program was launched between midnight and 4 AM. It's now included with the source distribution. matching the formula used in the . * There's no longer any need to install pyglet on Mac OS X or Linux. 4.2: * Added new mode to stretch working memory: Dual Variable N-Back. * Added single-task n-back modes: Position N-Back and Audio N-Back. * Difficulty of Dual Variable N-Back has been increased slightly. * Letter N-Back renamed to Combination N-Back. * A setting to skip the title screen was added to the config file. * Num pad should now work properly with Arithmetic N-Back modes. * Progress graph: data points are now indicated with a dot.3: * Variable n-back levels can be used with any game mode by pressing V in the Choose Game Mode screen. For the ultimate challenge try using Morse Code with Dual. * A setting was added to select rounded or sharp corners for the solid-color squares. Press J to open a Morse Code reference page. 4 audio matches and 2 simultaneous matches. it may help to install the python-openal package. [Note: to see the new config options. and some colors can be customized.
4. etc).A few minor changes related to Arithmetic N-Back mode.The female voice sounds are now selected by default.0: .Adaptive level-changing model ensures you're always playing at the right level. subtract. 4.New game mode: Arithmetic N-Back (see tutorial for details) .Feedback for missed cues is displayed. The score for the session is set as the lowest of the two individual modality scores (visual & audio). 4. Dual Arithmetic N-Back and Triple Arithmetic N-Back. divide) can be turned off or on in any combination in the config file.' to insert a decimal point. .1 flat squares * Two changes to Novice Mode to eliminate the last of the differences compared to the original study protocol: 1. . sound. Press N from the main screen to access the extra game modes.Feedback can be turned off in the config file if desired. Either the letters or the numbers will be chosen randomly at the start of each session.Keyboard keys can now be redefined.Optional Novice mode (aka BT mode) emulates the original study protocol. . .Fixed sound driver selection in Linux.1: * The squares in Dual & Triple N-Back have a new look. .Added the division operation to the Arithmetic N-Back modes.Keep track of your daily progress with the new graphing feature. . 4. . .Export your history of daily n-back averages to a text file for easy pasting into a spreadsheet. The old sounds are still available as an option.Fixed a bug where if you had just advanced to a new level and quit BW. Use the period key '.Added new number sounds (0-13). charlie. * Pressing the ESC key during a session will return you to the main screen instead of quitting the program.02: . .Added two new game modes. . Each of the operations (add. .03: .Added config option to play music in Manual mode. etc) are shown in the graph screen. * Individual scores for each input category (position. 4. 4. . bravo. .04: . * New piano sounds are available in the config file to test your tonal memory. Exactly 6 position and 6 audio matches are now generated each session 2.Text can be hidden during gameplay to reduce distractions. . * The number of sessions below 50% required to trigger a level decrease has been changed from 1 to 3.11: * Fixed level decrease threshold in Novice mode * Added a configuration option to use the pre-4.original study. multiply. the next time you restarted you would be back at the previous level.New NATO Phonetic Alphabet sounds (alpha.
Added a new column in the stats file: 0 = Standard mode..The entries on the session history chart will turn green if the session is >= 80%.Converted letter sounds to 44. . Brain Workshop will start at the same n-back level. .1: . if the last session completed was in Standard mode.0: .Added more music clips and adjusted the length and volumes of the existing ones.Added the time.Fixed a bug in the input feedback that would show correct responses as incorrect (this did not affect stats).Changed preferred sound driver to ALSA on Linux.txt in the data directory for details.sleep() workaround to reduce CPU usage on OS X.Added an encouraging message if you get below 40% 2. use the --novbo command line parameter to launch Brain Workshop. . 3. . . the level increases.Optional full-screen mode for a larger.Easy config file provides access to configuration options.gl. 2. . . A grey square will turn green if a >=80% score is achieved and a green square (if any) will turn grey if the score is below 80%. . If you get a MissingFunctionException.Fixed a crash caused by the music clip feature.Added a workaround for pyglet.62: .1 KHz to alleviate crackling problem on certain sound hardware. Please see Readme-stats.Lowered level advance threshold to 80%. 3.Fixed a bug causing 100% CPU utilization.When first loading.Reduced startup time and memory footprint.txt file.5 instead of 2.lib.1) + percentage / 100 This means the average n-back level for a single 4-back session with a score of 50 percent will now be 3.63: .Enabled high performance VBO (vertex buffer object). . Disabled Vsync to eliminate an error message on certain machines. 1 = Training mode .Optional black background reduces eye strain.64: .7: .Contribution to the n-back average is now calculated like so: (nback . distraction-free playing field.one new music clip added . .MissingFunctionException which occurs on certain video cards. Once both squares are green and another 80% is achieved. .New columns have been added to the stats. as indicated by the grey/green squares in the top left corner. 2. The chart now displays in a variable-width font. including individual percentage scores for the six input types. A 100% score will cause an instant advancing. 3. . . 2.01: .Only today's sessions are loaded in the history chart.Three consecutive scores of >=80% are now required to advance levels. .
Applause sound now plays when a score of 80% is achieved . Added an option to clear stats (this does not affect stats. .Added three new challenging game modes: Dual Letter N-Back. Quad Letter N-Back .3: .6: .txt brainworkshop.Added color feedback on input.Adjusted level advance threshold from 100% to 90% .Added a workaround for the pyglet. Useful for tracking progress on your 20 session per day training quota.Added a Sessions Today indicator which shows the total number of sessions completed this calendar day. green for correct and blue if there haven't been enough trials yet.exe --statsfile mary.Brain Workshop now starts in Standard mode. This enforces certain settings for number of trials and time per trial. 3 seconds Dual Letter N-Back: starts with 1-back. 2. 2.4: Added music clips which play when certain scores are achieved.Version check is now performed on launch .1: . The input labels ('A: position' etc) will turn red for incorrect. Tri Letter N-Back. Currently these are specified as follows: All modes are 20 trials per session.txt) Average N-Back level is calculated for the last 20 sessions. 4 seconds Quad Letter N-Back: starts with 1-back.5: .Added a more descriptive error message in case an old version of pyglet is installed . making it easier to compare scores.2: Session stats are now output to the file data\stats.Adjusted "applause" threshold from 80% to 70% 2.txt Previous stats are loaded upon launch. The contribution of a particular session is calculated: Contribution = (N-back level) * (Percentage score) / 100 Average is calculated as: Average = (sum of contributions) / (number of sessions) 2.2.ContextException error which occurs on certain video cards . 4 seconds . Old stats files will still load successfully.Fixed cosmetic issue with the session history label on Linux .0: .Removed the need for Tkinter on Linux and OS X. Give each person in your family a separate desktop icon! example: brainworkshop.Added possibility of different stats files on the command line.Fixed a bug in the average n-back calculation . 3 seconds Triple N-Back: starts with 2-back.Fixed bug where a bogus stats entry would be created under certain conditions when switching from Standard to Training mode.gl. .exe --statsfile fred.Changed stats file format from tab-separated to comma-separated. 2. 2. 3 seconds Tri Letter N-Back: starts with 1-back. Dual N-Back: starts with 2-back.txt .
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