Impulse is a brain training app where the user can choose what skills they want to improve and then complete specific exercises designed to help them improve these skills. When first opening the app, the user chooses from four areas to improve and then they choose how intense of a “training” program they want to take part in. They then complete the exercises each day in order to improve upon these skills. Reminders can also be set to help stay focused on improving these skills so that the user logs in at a specific time each day.
The app also features IQ tests and other game types to try for skill improvement. The user can “level up” by completing these games, which will then increase in intensity and difficulty. There are also specific workouts that the user can try to help improve certain skills. These workouts have varying numbers of days required so users can pick which workout will benefit them the most.
Impulse requires the purchase of a subscription but has a three day trial. Younger users may need the help of an adult to set up the app.
Several of the games in the Impulse app are designed to help you focus on a goal while filtering out information that is not useful. For example, in the game Ancient Numbers, you are asked to tap on a series of numbers, starting from 1 and increasing until reach the end of the puzzle. This will become a larger and more intense puzzle as you level up, with more numbers being added and the color of certain numbers changing. The user needs to block out all the numbers except for the one they are currently looking for, ignoring the colors of the numbers as well until they find what they are looking for to complete their goal. For users who struggle with Focus, these games can help practice this skill a little at a time.
Working Memory: Recalling and retaining information in our minds while working.
Plenty of games in the app are also designed to help build up memory skills. For example, the user will be shown a grid where images of ghosts will flash and then disappear. The user needs to “catch” the ghosts by clicking on the tiles where the ghosts were located. This requires the user to keep the location of the ghosts in their mind while performing the task of clicking on the squares where they believe they were located. For users who struggle with working memory, this app has several different ways to practice this skill in a fun way.
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