The program would give you another letter, you would signal or not, and so on.This is simple enough once you understand it, but is a little hard to explain. WM is known to be trainable, and so improving WM would hopefully improve IQ.And N-back is a family of tasks which stress attention and WM.
garbage collection), or making it easier for him to shuffle things in and out of his - they’re all about making the external world part of your mind.
What’s the real difference between having a type signature in your short-term memory or prominently displayed in your second monitor?
What’s the , saying they destroy one’s carefully developed thoughts; I think what they are talking about is trying to store all the relevant details inside their short-term or working memory. It remains to be seen whether programming tools designed with an eye to memory will be helpful, though.
When you resume work, you can’t remember any of the details (like local variable names you were using, or where you were up to in implementing that search algorithm) and you have to keep looking these things up, which slows you down a lot until you get back up to speed. And I’ve heard several hackers say that after drinking even half a beer they can’t program at all.
So maybe hacking does require some special ability to focus.