Older adults who participated in an eight week computer-based training program to increase speed and accuracy of brain processing experienced improvements in memory and attention, according to a recent clinical investigation.
The Mayo Clinic study released earlier this year found that the participants who worked on computer-based activities for one hour a day for two months had twice as much improvement in certain aspects of memory than the control group in the double-blind study. Both groups were made up of generally healthy persons age 65 or older.
At the end of the eight week study, researchers measured the groups using a tool called the Repeatable Battery for the Assessment of Neuropsychological Status.
“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,” according to lead researcher Glenn Smith, Ph.D. “The study indicates that choosing a memory-enhancing approach that focuses on improving brain processing speed and accuracy, rather than memory retention, may be helpful.”
The April 2009 issue of the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society published the study’s complete findings.
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