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Online Test Measures Speed of your Brain

ScuttleMonkey posted more than 8 years ago | from the new-kind-of-quick-draw dept.

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KingSkippus writes "According to CNet, a company named Posit Science has produced an online test using Flash that uses sounds to measure the speed of your brain down to the millisecond. According to the company, the test 'measures auditory processing (listening) speed—one of many measures of brain function...The faster we can take in information accurately, the better we can keep up with, respond to and remember what we hear.'"

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64-bit owners too smart (2, Funny)

XanC (644172) | more than 8 years ago | (#14994934)

We who use 64-bit browsers already know we're smart! We don't need (and can't use) this test.

I still can't decide if the absence of 64-bit Flash is a blessing or a curse...

Re:64-bit owners too smart (1)

zuluechopapa (919551) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995049)

for what it's worth.. it's not flashtastic, it's shockwave.. so (as far as I'm willing to try to figure out for myself) it won't work under 32 bit linux browsers (or.. ones that I'm willing to run.. specifically firefox) either. oh noes. there's blood in my alcohol supply. quickly, more beer.

Re:64-bit owners too smart (1)

Prof.Phreak (584152) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995308)

It's a blessing.

I too have yet to see many online advertising :-)

Re:64-bit owners too smart (1, Flamebait)

baadger (764884) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995330)

And those of us even smarter have downloaded/built a 32-bit copy of our favourite browser and installed the compat libraries and installed flash...or installed gplflash.

Problems (5, Insightful)

BWJones (18351) | more than 8 years ago | (#14994936)

Problem: The linked test only works with Windows...... So, never mind.

Seriously though, this title is in a way, kinda bogus science in that it does not measure brain speed per se, but is more a measure of efficiency (a subtle but important difference). Basic central auditory response curves should be identical for most folks unless there is a processing delay like a developmental abnormality in one of the auditory nuclei or unless there is some pathology like Multiple Sclerosis (MS) which could bias the test and not be indicative of cognitive performance. Also, this test could be biased by damage to the cochlear hair cells that reduce ones frequency perception, but this apparent deficiency would have no real bearing on "brain speed" either.

If they are using this test to determine cognitive impairments such as Alzheimer's Disease, they should have some disclaimers present that explicitly point out that even mild hearing loss could compromise the results of this study among other causes.

And yes..... IAANS (I Am A NeuroScientist).

And it also appears that the author of the software is trying to sell it to "help people reduce the effects of aging", to which I say pffffft! Just stay physically and mentally active. Go running/walking/swimming/riding a bike and read books or hell, for your brain and auditory processing, even play video games (just make sure you get the physical exercise too and please continue to read books/newspapers). All of that is lots cheaper than forking out $500 for this software and likely more effective?

Re:Problems (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14994957)

only windows users have brains???? I'm not sure because I am a mac user.

Re:Problems (1)

mikefrommcmurray (817962) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995061)

Me, too. Obviously we know we're smart. We just don't know if we're fast and smart.

Re:Problems (1)

BWJones (18351) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995142)

only windows users have brains???? I'm not sure because I am a mac user.

If it makes you feel any better, this neuroscientist also prefers a Mac. :-)

sucker (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14995319)

What doesn't make me feel better is that someone who thinks their domain would confer anything on an OS, turns out to be another Mac user.

Go ahead and swallow the hype; pay through the nose for a second rate product, all the while thinking that you are expressing yourself as an elite thinker.

The fact that you need to evangelize quite so much might perhaps clue you up to the fact that you need to inhibit the reuptake of your oxidase inhibitors i.e. get a grip ya pathetic little squirt.

Re:Problems (1)

u-238 (515248) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995079)

They say that by practicing it pushes your brain to speed up ... our scientists believe this will lead to quicker thinking, faster responses, and fuller understanding.

I know that (forgive my sweeping ignorance) memories are forged by neural pathways being reinforced by repition; and we're all familiar with plasticity [wikipedia.org] , eg blind people who acquire acute hearing as a way of coping with their loss by "exercising" the parts of the brain that deal with hearing.

There could be some legitimacy behind this program under these principals, couldn't there? If you constantly tax those parts of the brain through these tests, as those who are blind do every day, couldn't you reap the same benefits? Here's a snip of some of the benefits I'm talking about, taken from a clinical study on the subject.

This study will examine whether blind people develop changes in the brain that improve memory function. Previous studies have shown that blind people, on average, perform better in memory tasks than sighted people. A possible reason for this is that parts of the brain that process visual information in sighted individuals are engaged in processing mnemonic (remembering) information in blind people.

Your thoughts BWJones?

Re:Problems (4, Informative)

BWJones (18351) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995123)

we're all familiar with plasticity, eg blind people who acquire acute hearing as a way of coping with their loss by "exercising" the parts of the brain that deal with hearing.

It should also be known that there is negative plasticity as well, such as the type that can be found in epilepsy, retinal degeneration and other neurodegenerative diseases.

There could be some legitimacy behind this program under these principals, couldn't there? If you constantly tax those parts of the brain through these tests, as those who are blind do every day, couldn't you reap the same benefits? Here's a snip of some of the benefits I'm talking about, taken from a clinical study on the subject.

You are absolutely correct, and there is some legitimacy to this. My objection was the lack of disclosure (and being Windows only) as well as pointing out that there are healthier and cheaper ways to accomplish the same results. i.e. One does not have to buy into dumbed down science and fork over $500 to get the same results.

Re:Problems (0)

blakestah (91866) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995226)

You are absolutely correct, and there is some legitimacy to this. My objection was the lack of disclosure (and being Windows only) as well as pointing out that there are healthier and cheaper ways to accomplish the same results. i.e. One does not have to buy into dumbed down science and fork over $500 to get the same results.

It is quite easy to pose the pundit.

Controlled scientific studies show over a decacde-equivalent improvement in age-related decline.

What basis do you have to claim that these effects may be obtained more simply? What have you done, or what are you referring to, that has been studied in a carefully controlled manner?

Re:Problems (3, Informative)

BWJones (18351) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995312)

It is quite easy to pose the pundit.

True. It is harder however to make informed decisions without training/knowledge and that is what we rely upon our scientists to do for us, inform us as to their opinion based upon their knowledge and their training. I was simply functioning in that role for this community.

Controlled scientific studies show over a decacde-equivalent improvement in age-related decline.

You are absolutely correct. This has been the case in study after study for what...... 40 years or more?

What basis do you have to claim that these effects may be obtained more simply? What have you done, or what are you referring to, that has been studied in a carefully controlled manner?

As I said just above, these studies have been done for years and the literature is very, very rich. You and the author of this software are not incorrect here.

Re:Problems (1)

Illserve (56215) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995351)

I think he is the author.

that or a business partner of some kind

Re:Problems (1)

Illserve (56215) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995144)

My thoughts?

I smell an astroturfer.

Re:Problems (1, Informative)

blakestah (91866) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995147)

I may be uniquely qualified to comment on this, as I spent the last decade of my life, until last October, working closely with Dr. Merzenich on issues of how the brain is altered by reinforced behaviors, and know the details of the testing that has, so far, gone into their program to address age-related cognitive decline.

First, let's clear up any thought this would address Alzheimer's. It has nothing to do with neurofibrillary tangles and plaques that define Alzheimers.

What has been done so far, is to demonstrate that practicing certain types of computer guided behaviors for about an hour a day, every day, can have a fairly enormous impact on age-related cognitive decline. Attention and vigilance in rewarded behaviors, nothing more.

And you might wonder where this guy, Merzenich, gets off thinking this...well, here are some resume highlights.

1) Developed the ONLY US-developed cochlear implant at UCSF. Merzenich was the project head. The head engineer (Loeb) went to Advanced Bionics to continue the work that became the Clarion cochlear implant, and cured Rush Limbaugh's deafness (I kid), This work was led by Merzenich, and there was a team of about 6-8 other integral participants.

2) Provided a cure for the vast majority of language learning impaired children, which then became the company Scientific Learning, which has trained over 600,000 children at speech skills, with an AVERAGE improvement of 2 standard deviations in the six week training period. This is today far and away easily the most effective, and often recommended, program for children aged 4-10 who are diagnosed language learning impaired/dyslexic (partnered with Paula Tallal in this effort, as well as a team of at least a dozen other PhD scientists).

3) Member, National Academy of Sciences.

This one definitely works also. Is it a fountain of youth? Will it succeed in the market? Your guess is probably as good as mine. But for certain in the initial short-term, people who have substantially advanced cognitive decline relative to their peers can lose a decade or more of their age-related loss in a several week long training period. And that is worth getting excited about.

Re:Problems (2, Informative)

BWJones (18351) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995299)

I may be uniquely qualified to comment on this, as I spent the last decade of my life, until last October, working closely with Dr. Merzenich on issues of how the brain is altered by reinforced behaviors, and know the details of the testing that has, so far, gone into their program to address age-related cognitive decline.

I love it. We need more scientists on Slashdot. Seriously.

First, let's clear up any thought this would address Alzheimer's. It has nothing to do with neurofibrillary tangles and plaques that define Alzheimers.

No, not the cellular/molecular pathology per se, but the cognitive decline in Alzheimer's is of interest, yes? From the website: "Early-Stage Alzheimer's Disease: We are conducting a pilot study with UCSF in early-stage Alzheimer's disease. This study is currently enrolling participants through the UCSF Memory and Aging Center."

What has been done so far, is to demonstrate that practicing certain types of computer guided behaviors for about an hour a day, every day, can have a fairly enormous impact on age-related cognitive decline. Attention and vigilance in rewarded behaviors, nothing more.

Absolutely. I am not refuting this, rather I am saying that it could be surmised that an equivalent degree of mental exercise doing a number of real world tasks could have the same effect.

And you might wonder where this guy, Merzenich, gets off thinking this...well, here are some resume highlights.

I was not questioning the credentials (or yours for that matter). I was simply pointing out that one does not necessarily need a $500 piece of software to limit age related cognitive decline.

But for certain in the initial short-term, people who have substantially advanced cognitive decline relative to their peers can lose a decade or more of their age-related loss in a several week long training period. And that is worth getting excited about.

I have no doubt. The brain, just like any biological system, gets "better" with use/reinforcement.

First post! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14994942)

shit

What a joke (4, Informative)

gooberguy (453295) | more than 8 years ago | (#14994945)

First, their test only works on windows systems. Secondly, it's just a ploy to get you to buy their stupid software for the low low price of $500.

Re:What a joke (1)

ostehaps (929761) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995140)

And it's a dumb ploy at that: Giving me a score of 25ms isn't exactly going to motivate me to buy their product. They might as well take it all the way.

On the other hand, they could just be smart enough to recognize that people with as fast brains as me will see right through them anyway...

fyi: not actually flash (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14994949)

it's not flash, it's shockwave® which doesn't work on lunix and other superior operating systems. death to micro$haft!!! pretty ironic considering that most people with good "brain speed" would be using gnu/lunix already, lol ;-)

I guess (1)

rolfwind (528248) | more than 8 years ago | (#14994967)

deaf people must be pretty lot in this guy's IQ scale....

Re:I guess (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14994972)

Yeah, deaf people are a pretty lot.

Re:I guess (1, Insightful)

Adult film producer (866485) | more than 8 years ago | (#14994977)

Deaf can always just turn up the bass

But what if I'm smart enuf to see that it's bogus (5, Funny)

Harmonious Botch (921977) | more than 8 years ago | (#14994989)

What if I'm smart enough to instantly recognize that this test is bogus?

Re:But what if I'm smart enuf to see that it's bog (1)

Kijori (897770) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995116)

Then you would have spelt 'enough' correctly... :D

Re:But what if I'm smart enuf to see that it's bog (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14995332)

He has.

Flash Applications (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14994990)

I'd be curious if someone were to download and review the function calls in their little "flash helper" application. Once you agree to that installation the program can do anything on your computer that you can. Highly suspicious.

OMG (5, Interesting)

irimi_00 (962766) | more than 8 years ago | (#14994994)

OMG this makes me feel so stupid and incomptetant.

Go here [harvard.edu] to find out what a big racist, jingoist, judgemental biggot you are:
https://implicit.harvard.edu/implicit/ [harvard.edu]

Re:OMG, you insensitive clod! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14995072)

Seems it discriminates against...

Anyone who uses things other than Windows
People with lame reaction times
Deaf people and others hard of hearing
Those who say text terminals are better

I'm surprised that there isn't a lawsuit yet.

- Hey, when do the new 500 GHZ brains come out?
- Casemodding anyone?
- I'm deaf you insensitive clod! /silly?

Annoying (1)

marcansoft (727665) | more than 8 years ago | (#14994997)

The software is very annoying to install, it even requires a specific component for that test. I'm on a windows machine now anyway, otherwise I would not have taken the test (my usual PC runs Gentoo amd64). It's not even flash (which I can run inside a 32bit chroot under linux), it's shockwave.

Anyway, my score was 31ms. Age 15 here.

Re:Annoying (1)

jdub_dub (874345) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995016)

25 ms, 20 years old. Eep! Very interesting test though, very cool.

Re:Annoying (1)

dunkelfalke (91624) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995067)

39 ms, age 25

... hehe... I guess I am really fast then... (1)

Fallen Kell (165468) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995153)

I got a 26ms response and I am 27 years old. Now if I can only figure out how this can get me a raise...

Re:Annoying (1)

PhraudulentOne (217867) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995161)

26ms - 24yrs old. I don't really know how this benefits me though.

Re:Annoying (1)

marcansoft (727665) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995191)

Down to 29ms, and I'm sure I can go lower.

Re:Annoying (1)

cl0nehappy (914685) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995225)

30ms here, and 25yo. But it didn't ask how many Heinekens I have had today... which is 7. Does that factor in? =)

Re:Annoying (1)

PresidentEnder (849024) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995233)

24 ms, 18. No heineken.

Brain speed? (4, Funny)

gmerideth (107286) | more than 8 years ago | (#14994998)

The flash component required to view "provides spacfic sounds" so the brain test didn't get past the spelling test before I cancelled it.

Hmm, accurate? (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14995000)

Just noting that there were times near the end of the test that either no audio would play at all, or I'd hear a loud click - so I'd just have to guess at the tones. I still managed to get about half of them right when that happened (programmers have good pattern matching algorithms), so that probably coloured my score at the end.

For this test to be at all accurate, it would need to be done with something more reliable than shockwave.

Re:Hmm, accurate? (1)

hotair (600117) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995037)

Sounds like you have significant hearing loss in the high frequencies. I say significant, because I was tested recently. I can hear almost up to 15khz, but not quite. That's pretty bad. But I could hear all the sounds in the test. Hearing only a click is symptomatic of continuous tones starting and stopping on a loud speaker, where the tones are out of your range, but the clicks of the cone kicking in and out at the beginning of the tone aren't. Or maybe something else happened. I'd get my hearing checked if I were you. Eh, what's that, honey? I can't quite hear your light feminine tones as you ask me to take out the trash... No hearing loss isn't all bad. I think it's a survival thing bred into the speciies by years of monogamy.

Re:Hmm, accurate? (1)

dunkelfalke (91624) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995084)

that is strange because i have got the same click here but i am tested for up to 18 khz

Re:Hmm, accurate? (1)

smeenz (652345) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995127)

I just reinstalled windows yesterday and I think my sound drivers are farked.. all of the 'how to use the test' sounds were fine, but as soon as the test proper started, all I got was clicks and short pips playing. Trillian seems to do the same thing when I get an incoming message - it's like the driver truncates the start of the sample and then tries to play catchup and messes it all up.

I'm pretty sure it's not my ears, cause it was fine yesterday before I reinstalled.

So of course, lets make it a competition :) (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14995001)

So... anyone beat 30 milliseconds yet? :)

Because if everyone beat their "top performer" metrics, we'll know it's a scam for sure.

(flashbacks to Marges IQ episode)

Re:So of course, lets make it a competition :) (1)

marcansoft (727665) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995152)

I got 31. Pretty sure I can do better the second time.

Re:So of course, lets make it a competition :) (1)

marcansoft (727665) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995254)

third and last, 25ms. I'm pretty sure down here it starts to get close to the technical limit. I'll get some recordings of the waveform.

26ms for me... (1)

Fallen Kell (165468) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995163)

Took it twice to be certain, scored a 27ms the first time and a 26ms the second...

Cognitive Psychology (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14995005)

The people in cognitive psychology have been doing this - reaction time studies to build models of processing - for decades (to over a century).

Inspection time is also used in the study of intelligence. I haven't read the original article, but can confidently suggest that they have developed squat - just open your intro to psychology text book.

Incompatible... (4, Funny)

Cheesewhiz (61745) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995006)

"We're Sorry. The current version of the Brain Speed Test is only available for Windows based computers. We are working a version that is compatible with Mac's."

DAMNIT! Why can't I get some friggin' SUPPORT here, people?!? It's the same lame excuse every time -- brain tests, operating systems, popular gaming titles, girlfriends: "Sorry...not compatible."

You know what, FINE! Keep your silly brain test... I'm going to go spend some quality time with my Mac, playing Breakout...

-c

Flame Bait? (1)

irimi_00 (962766) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995048)

How? I thought it was funny.

Flamebait?? (1)

Harmonious Botch (921977) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995071)

Maybe funny. At worst offtopic. But not flamebait.

Re:Incompatible... (1)

wordsofwisedumb (957054) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995110)

I think you have some enemies Cheesewhiz. I chuckled a little too.

Re:Incompatible... (1)

chris_eineke (634570) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995130)

DAMNIT! Why can't I get some friggin' SUPPORT here, people?!?
That's what Mac said when he encountered the website. Later Mac noticed that he doesn't even have a computer and went on a killing-spree. Let's all feel pity for Mac.

Poor Mac :-(

Oddly enough... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14995007)

Oddly enough, many times I heard a completely different sound than the up or down sweep, brain bug or sound card bug?

Spacific? (3, Funny)

entrylevel (559061) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995008)

The Shockwave application wanted to install a component so that my computer could "generate spacific sounds"... Anyone trying to sell me a brain tester damn well better be able to spell "specific".

I got a 27...where's my prize? (3, Interesting)

stungod (137601) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995014)

So my score was 27ms. I guess that ain't a bad speed for a 37-year-old.

So does this mean that I am smart, or that I'm just dumb faster? Really, I think I would rather take a little longer to be more correct. It seems that there's plenty of historical evidence to show that the smart people aren't always the first to come up with an answer to a problem.

I guess if I was interested in buying whatevr it is that this guy is selling the I could figure it out. But according to the results of his test, I already have a faster brain than just about everybody. All I need is sharks with freakin' laser beams and I could take over the world!

Then again, maybe I should drink less coffee...

Re:I got a 27...where's my prize? (4, Informative)

Sebastopol (189276) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995055)

Four of my friends took it and we all got 27!!!

Something smells rotten in Denmark...

Your destiny (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14995073)

You will be hooked up to a beowulf cluster of other fast thinking individuals. Then we'll feed you with questions that can't be solved by computers, such as:

      * What's the meaning of life?
      * What was before big bang?
      * What does women actually want when they're silent?

Congratulations!

Re:I got a 27...where's my prize? (4, Informative)

adolfojp (730818) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995107)

I got a 27 also. This raises some suspicions.

Re:I got a 27...where's my prize? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14995117)

So does this mean that I am smart, or that I'm just dumb faster?

Just remember, there are three ways to do anything: The right way, the wrong way, and the Max Power way.

Oblig. Homer Quote (4, Funny)

arrrrg (902404) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995122)

So does this mean that I am smart, or that I'm just dumb faster?

Offtopic, but hilarious nonetheless:

Max Power (Homer): Kids, there's three ways to do things. The right way, the wrong way, and the Max Power way!
Bart: Isn't that the wrong way?
Max Power: Yeah, but faster! (Max runs into a cactus)

Re:I got a 27...where's my prize? (2, Informative)

updog (608318) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995359)

I got 27ms as well!

Advertising revenue ? (1)

bushboy (112290) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995019)

So, erm, is Slashdot getting some of the old filthy lucre for posting bogus crud like this, so obviously in the same league as "test your IQ", albiet slightly more disguised.

Besides, the speed of my brain is the same speed as my body, my mind, however, is another story.

Time for another cold one ...

Re:Advertising revenue ? (1)

adolfojp (730818) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995132)

I have always considered the mind to be a byproduct of the brain. What is my proof? If you have brain damage your mind will not be as sharp. If your brain chemicals are not balanced, you will be kind of crazy.

Well, Microserf Brain Speed Anyways... (4, Funny)

Cheesewhiz (61745) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995038)

Error Message from Site: We're Sorry. The current version of the Brain Speed Test is only available for Windows based computers.

If anyone was wondering why the average test score seemed a little on the LOW side...

Re:Well, Microserf Brain Speed Anyways... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14995109)

LOL!!! OMG! I was dinking teh same ding! Linux users are so 1337 it wud fux0r their scor3s! LOLOLOLOLOL

Re:Well, Microserf Brain Speed Anyways... (4, Informative)

user24 (854467) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995217)

erm that would be funny, except that for this test, a lower score is better....

Looks like a scam (3, Interesting)

jerald_hams (725369) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995040)

The company claims that their exercises improves...(ugh) your speed of thinking. Gods, that's horrible bunk. They don't actually show that repeatedly taking their tests improves anything but your performance on those specific tests. There's no research behind this, just a scam to take advantage of the elderly with baseless promises of preserving your aging brain's cognitive abilities.

Article is wrong... (2, Informative)

dcapel (913969) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995045)

It uses shockwave, not flash. Ergo, it is windows only. :/

Using Flash to record time ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14995051)

What exactly are they using to record the response time (flash actionscript ?).
I run a development flash shop and honestly I don't know getting time from script may not be that accurate (to the 30-50 ms).

deli

Quick question (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14995059)

How does fast input capability equal good long-term memory retention?

Also, what about deaf people? Are we to assume that inability to hear means one is dull-witted?

-57ms (1)

sh0dan (762382) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995060)

Seems my clairvoyant abilities aren't as precise as I've been trying to tell my customers. :(

Score (2, Informative)

airjrdn (681898) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995063)

I'm 36, and scored 27ms.

old ... (2, Informative)

Lazy Jones (8403) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995064)

a friend of mine wrote this [epij.org] a long time ago, it measures your reflexes too (and doesn't require some stupid windows software)

Re:old ... (1)

iotaborg (167569) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995227)

The test you mention isn't the same as the test of this article; in the one you mention, there is a training period involved to determine which key is to be pressed. In this situation, one will improve time after subsequent uses (getting used to pressing which key for which input... if you've played DDR, you'll know what I mean), however in the test mentioned in this article, it does not appear there will be a training period.

Woohoo 27 (1)

brian0918 (638904) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995077)

It must be all the loud music I've listened to over the years.

Re:Woohoo 27 (1)

brian0918 (638904) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995106)

I got it down to 23ms by turning up my headphones a bit.

Put on by idiots (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14995113)

We are working a version that is compatible with Mac's.


Can you trust a intelligence-testing company that doesn't have English grammar skills at the elementary school level?

Caution, may be hostile code (1)

Animats (122034) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995118)

The web site tries to install executable code, in the form of a plug-in to Shockwave. Their own private plug-in, too, not one of Macromedia's. That's suspicious. They shouldn't need to do that for their little "test". It's a big plug-in, too. Even more suspicious.

I've seen a few sites lately trying to install code via Shockwave. Since everybody with a clue has Active-X turned off, this may be the new attack vector.

Obviously a confidence trick. (2)

Sir Pallas (696783) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995125)

1.) Tell people they might be stupid.
2.) Give them a test that you invented that proves it.
3.) No question here: you happen to sell the solution!
4.) Profit!

Worse than an IQ test (1)

Don_dumb (927108) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995128)

Really, after a while I just got bored. After finishing a good bottle of wine I got 407ms on this (I am 24). So I reckon I have the high score.
What does this prove? That my soundcard doesn't work or something.

Let me guess, the inventors of this test get very low scores so they must be geniuses.

Re:Worse than an IQ test (1)

madhippy (525384) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995205)

106ms after ~3 beers ...

Hmm... (4, Funny)

Draconix (653959) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995146)

We're Sorry

The current version of the Brain Speed Test is only available for Windows based computers. We are working a version that is compatible with Mac's.

Wow! Their brains are so fast they skipped over learning how to pluralize!

More correctly, (2, Funny)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995151)

it measures the speed of electronic funds transfer, if you're foolish enough to actually buy that program.

I guess I'm too stipud... (1)

moabsoftware (903141) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995170)

I guess I'm too stupid, because I don't have Windows or a processor faster than ia32 400Mhz. :(

speed of my brain? (1)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995173)

9.8 m/s^2

Re:speed of my brain? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14995204)

Uh...that's an acceleration, not a speed.

Re:speed of my brain? (1)

gEvil (beta) (945888) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995240)

yuh, i realized that right after i hit submit. whoops.

Re:speed of my brain? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14995235)

Knowing the acceleration of your brain does not tell me its speed. You may wish to provide additional information.

No.. (1)

packetmill (955023) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995342)

Thats just how fast you accelerated before landing on your head when you were little. j/k :)

Synchronicity and hamsters (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14995176)

It's so funny that I should read this article today because something weird happened yesterday evening along the same lines. I was handling a hamster while my girlfriend was cooking up dinner. She accidentally dropped something and before I became conscious of the noise, the hamster jumped in my hands. This means one thing: hamsters process sounds much faster than humans. Well, this human at least...

Bad (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14995187)

I'm doing pretty badly on this, with a 110ms average at 21 years of age.
Took me a moment to figure out why I'm so bad .. I'm absolutely tone deaf.
I simply can't tell whether a sound goes up or down.

Apparently, this makes me stupid .. Quite odd, considering I can tell whether a car comes closer or drives further (doppler effect) just fine .. I can play my guitar just fine (just can't tune it), I can understand people in conversation just fine.

Either this test is a pile of crap, or I'm really a lot more stupid than I think I am.

Test will not Work on Macintosh (1)

Shuh (13578) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995200)




I guess they figured the only time the speed of your brain is in question is when you've been waiting over 5 years for something like OSX [apple.com] to show up from Microsoft.


How many screamers have claimed to do this? (1)

SirDrinksAlot (226001) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995218)

How many screamers have claimed to do this?

It's not April 1st yet!

Darn (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 8 years ago | (#14995239)

My computer's brain isn't fast enough for this... the screens take forever to load!

I've got to upgrade my Pentium 75mhz...

geez (1)

bwave (871010) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995260)

Ok, couldn't get site to run in IE7, Opera, Firefox, then finally got it work in IE7, even though Shockwave was already installed. Then it walks me through a 2 minute practice which bored me as it was, then some stupid 2 minute test of chirps. All to score 109ms... ok, so my 27 y/o self has the auditory response of a 65 y/o. Maybe I really am exhausted as I feel, I'm going to go take a nap.

Informative (1)

hdante (771422) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995284)

The game requires Shockwave, not Flash. Hence, it doesn't work in Linux. It's good to write those things in the post, so that we don't have to follow the links.

Cause and Effect (1)

localman (111171) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995301)

In your 20s, the average speed of auditory processing is 68 milliseconds. That number jumps to an average of 87 milliseconds in your 40s and 106 milliseconds in your 60s.

Ignoring for the moment whether the test is an accurate measurement... let's say it is. I wonder if this age discrepancy is because people slow down as they get older, or is it because people born and raised in a slower paced world are slower their whole lives? In other words, will the 20 year old of today degrade over the next 40 years? And would the 60 year old of today have scored as well as the 20 year old if he had taken the test 40 years ago? We'd need folks take the test in another decade to have a better idea of what this really means.

Cheers.

Test Failed... (1)

packetmill (955023) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995310)

Dude, I'm like so smart, if I tried this little booger out I would DDOS their server.

PS:What is the point of these things? Ego. Pride.
Nonsense.

Not Mac compatable. (1)

Legodude522 (847797) | more than 8 years ago | (#14995313)

Not Mac compatable! Look how fast I turned away.
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