15 February 2009

Cognitive training program based on brain plasticity : the IMPACT study

Mayo Clinic research shows that improving brain processing speed helps memory
Mayo Clinic: 10 February 2009
Mayo Clinic researchers found that healthy, older adults who participated in a computer-based training program to improve the speed and accuracy of brain processing showed twice the improvement in certain aspects of memory, compared to a control group.

"What's unique in this study is that brain-processing activities seemed to help aspects of memory that were not directly exercised by the program — a new finding in memory research," says Glenn Smith, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic neuropsychologist and lead researcher on the study.

The research, a controlled, multisite, double-blind study, will be published in the April issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. … > full story : press release from University of Southern California

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