The CR Way uses calorie restriction to improve cognition in a similar way to how a great musician practices. For example, did you know that a well trained professional classical musician can immediately identify a performance by an amateur. Too often, amateurs try to perform a piece before they are ready. Consider, for example, this very difficult Chopin Scherzo performed here by one of the greatest pianists of all time, Vladimir Horowitz:
Time and again, amateurs will practice such a piece at top speed. Here is the results of such an approach can sound like. It is hard to tell that it is the same piece:
A professional will practice a piece like this in slow motion – listening to every note to make sure it is executed cleanly and evenly as required and integrate any other techniques that raise the level of performance to truly beautiful expression. Only when it is perfect in slow motion will they increase the tempo little by little until they can consistently perform a work flawlessly at top speed. Practicing in this way is how great musicians like Vladimir Horowitz perform at such a high level.
The CR Way uses the same principles to train Brain Booster Members: First we go over calorie restriction basics: CR Way “techniques” that must be in place to activate the biochemistry that facilitates neural plasticity (changing of the structure, function, and organization of neurons in response to new experiences). Then we add a large and growing number of complementary practices that increase the capacity for learning.
As people put these fundamentals in place (the equivalent of practicing scales, arpeggios, and other basics of classical music), we encourage practicing the brain-training game, Dual N-back – and, of course, this is what we do ourselves!
Some N-Back users suggest a benefit in training at higher N-Back levels – before they have mastered lower levels, hoping this will help them progress faster. I suggest that this is equivalent to the performance of an amateur musician. Approaching N-Back improvement methodically is far better: practicing N-Back in slow motion – not progressing until your score is perfect at lower levels. This, combined with CR biochemistry, is the way to truly improve N-Back skill and ultimately your brain power.