Parents' Guide to

N-back Suite

By Erin Wilkey Oh, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Tough memory exercises require self-motivation.

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Most of the n-back apps we've found aren't designed with engagement in mind, making them pretty dry. N-BACK SUITE is no exception. Though researchers and psychologists feel that n-back tasks are good exercises for our working memory, expert opinions are unlikely to motivate a 10-year-old. N-back apps seem to be designed more for adults, who are self-motivated to keep their mental facilities sharp.

To its credit, N-back Suite offers more customization than similar apps, which makes it accessible to kids -- at least at the easiest levels. And when players answer incorrectly, their scores lower but the round continues, making gameplay last a bit longer than in other versions we've seen. Data recording for each variation of the task lets players compare their performance using the different stimuli, which can give them some insight into their mental strengths and weaknesses.

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