The brain training game that might turn you into a psychopath

Biohacker Review of EQPro: Training emotional antifragility

The eWM Classic mode is my favorite and closest to the original N-Back task. With the N-back box replaced with faces with a variety of expressions. The verbal data you need to store in your working memory is sprinkled with emotional phrases:

You have to purposefully ignore the emotional data, and just record the audio and visual sequences in the RAM of your mind.

Obviously there’s some instances in real life when you want to be able to ignore all or some emotional data:

  • Jobs that require you to deal completely objectively with people, ignoring emotional biases towards individuals.
  • When managing investments (Like stock day traders or currency traders).
  • Management of employees toward certain objectives.
  • Making hiring and firing decisions.
  • Managing or leaving a codependent relationship.
  • Consciously managing one’s social life.

However, the aspect of EQPro that trains you to compartmentalize your empathy makes me think that if the wrong person played it way too much they may become too effective at turning off their mirror neurons and be able to .

I’ve long heralded Dual N-Back as a tool for training emotional compartmentalization. A couple of anecdotal examples of this…

Another example…

Increase EQ & IQ — Emotion Regulation & Intelligence

Train your emotional regulation while simultaneously upgrading the RAM of your conscious mind.

Here’s what a 2011 paper, from the Medical Research Council Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, UK, had to say

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