Pilots' Memory TestBy Adam Sinicki
Welcome to a Biomatrix challenge! This is the memory test that they give applicants who want to be pilots for commercial airlines. If you apply to British Airways or another company then you'll be expected to pass this test - so it's a pretty good measure of cognitive ability.
The reason that the memory test is in this format is obviously because the numbers relate to the readouts in a plane. At the same time though it's generally a good test of memory and concentration - to be a pilot you need to have incredible memory, focus, concentration and reflexes.
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Transhumanism and PilotsIn fact a lot of study is going into ways to improve the cognitive performance of pilots and it's a big area in transhumanism. New technologies for instance will allow the pilot to be able to 'see' in 360 degrees around the plain. The question is whether the brain would be able to adapt to that amount of information. However studies into brain plasticity suggest that it would indeed be able to cope and would adapt quickly increasing reaction time and multitasking abilities. In one related study a chimp was given the ability to control a robotic arm with its brain, and it was fonud that after a short period of training it was able to use the arm like a normal third hand - to peel and pass itself bananas.
Other studies have involved using nootropics (brain drugs) to enhance cognitive performance etc and to see how this improves pilots' abilities to store and react to large amounts of information.
This memory test is an example of how pilots need to be at the pinacle of human performance and how technology can help them to reach that state. Use the memory test to see how close you come to pilot standard in that area and then to train yourself to be able to retain that amount of data.
And don't worry if you don't get it right away, the human 'STM' (Short Term Memory) is believed to be at 3-7 digits which makes holding this amount of information in your brain a real feat.
How to Play the Memory GameThe memory game is simple - just click to start and then memorise the numbers that come up on the screen. They'll show for ten seconds. Then write your answers in the boxes and click to check your answers. You can have as many goes at the memory test as you like.
Improving at the Memory TestAnd if at first you don't succeed? Try, try again. Use 'chunking' to clump numbers together - this way instead of remember '1-3-3-4-5' you might remember 'thiteen, threhundrd and forty five'. Likewise try using imagery to help you remember and digits (Derren Brown points out you can remember 13376 as 'bun, tree tree, heaven, sticks and turn this into an visual representation of the numbers). Lastly, try to look at the numbers individually, but to glance over the screen as a whole. Good luck!
Ready? Then click below to start the memory test...