About two weeks ago I wrote this post about establishing your baseline prior to testing to see if a nootropic has any measurable effect on memory, reaction speed or fluid intelligence.
After about a week’s worth of trials, I have six days of results. One day’s data was lost due to my neglect to back up my phone data before it required a full restore.
Supplements I took each day
Generally on each day I tested prior to the test, I only had creatine, Vitamin D3/k2 drops, calcium ascorbate and trace mineral drops. The only thing is that creatine could supposedly increase cognitive performance, but because I intend to take it daily, it should not factor into the tests significantly.
A couple times I did have about 50 mg caffeine. Caffeine does not seem to have thrown a wrench in the results as the scores did not change astoundingly on the days that I had any.
I did take the Original Testosterone Stack most days but this was after each test late in the evenings, along with any other supplements that may have the potential to influence test outcome.
Reaction time results
To measure reaction time, I used the test at Human Benchmark. It measures how quickly you click when the background turns green, and gives you your final average out of 5 trials.
Over 6 tests on 6 separate days, my average reaction time ended up being 323 ms. Not astounding, I know.
A couple of the reaction time measurements were counter-intuitive: On Feb. 5, I felt sleepy when I took the test, but scored the lowest (read: fastest average reaction time). Though on Feb. 8 I had a hangover and scored the highest (read: slowest average reaction time).
Memory test results
The memory test at Human Benchmark is a challenge of progressive difficulty where you must recall and choose the correct tiles on a matrix. Each level you progress gives you an additional tile you must memorize, and as the tiles increase so does the size of the matrix.
The test gives you a points multiplier for maintaining a streak of correct tiles. If you click a wrong tile by mistake, your multiplier resets to 1. If you make 3 mistakes in one level, you go down one level and lose a life. The level number is the max number of tiles you must memorize, plus two. So level 1 is 3 tiles, level 2 is 4, and so on.
An issue I noticed with the memory test that you can see reflected in the total points is that I seem to have improved my streak lengths. I suppose that if I can reach a steady plateau on it or determine the percentage improvement over each session, I can see if there are any significant changes beyond that when I begin to take the Artichoke + Forskolin stack.
I used the Brain Workshop program for Dual-N-Back. It has its own measurement system to chart your progress.
As you can see, the initial scores were poor but improved as I began to understand the game more.
I believe this is a good start, however I believe I will need more non-nootropic tests to serve as a more accurate “control.” I will add to these in the future and re-evaluate later.
I must note that on ideal days where I get a full night’s rest, I don’t wake up too late, I eat something in the morning, and not so much that I get sluggish in the afternoon, I should expect higher scores across the board.
With that in mind, we will attempt to determine if Powder City’s answer to Natural Stacks’ CILTEP, the Artichoke + Forskolin stack, has the ability to counteract these negative cognitive influences, and make an average day into an above-average day (mentally speaking).
I’ll have to address whether the “chemically-induced long term potentiation” idea is a real thing or not, and whether the true heavy hitters in the stack are the other components like ALCAR.
I’ll be testing this one in the following week before I eventually move onto the Uridine stack.