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Reduction on the effects of cognitive decay by 7 to 14 years, Active Study (Advanced Cognitive Training for Independent and Vital Elderly, Indiana University, 2006).

The study recruited 2,832 people aged 65 to 94 years without cognitive impairment. Participants received during 5-6 weeks a cognitive training on episodic memory, inductive reasoning or visual attention. The type of training received was determined randomly. The results of the study indicate that all three types of training are associated with improved performance on tests measuring the driven function, but not on tests measuring untrained functions (Ball et al., 2002). The authors report that the performance improvement is a reduction of the effects of aging by 7 to 14 years, and a much better independence in activities of daily life. The long-term monitoring therefore indicates that this type of cognitive intervention can reduce cognitive decline associated with aging and has a delaying effect on the functional decline.

 

Using cognitive training as a preventive program (Gunter et al., 2003)

This study was on a computerized training program with 19 people meeting the criteria for MCI (Mild Cognitive Impairement). The training program lasted 14 weeks and its effects were measured immediately after the last session and 5 months later. The results of the study show a positive effect of training on measures of episodic memory and measures of working memory. Furthermore, the positive effect was maintained 5 months afterwards. Günter et al. (2003) suggest that computerized cognitive training program could be used by an aging population as a preventive measure.

 

Study on the impact of tablet computing on the cognitive functions of seniors (Chan MY, et al.)

This study was performed on 54 people aged 60 to 90 years old. It consisted of workshops lasting 15 hours a week for three months. Eighteen participants received extensive training on iPads, as well as software applications. This iPad group was compared to two other groups: a placebo group that was engaged in passive tasks requiring little new knowledge, and a social group, who had regular social interactions, but not the acquisition of active skills. All participants performed at the beginning and end of the study the same battery of cognitive tests.

The results showed that the iPad group, through intensive training, obtained the most benefits on episodic memory.

 

An Israeli-American study on cognitive training and sleep disorders

This study on 51 elderly subjects with chronic insomnia has shown that regular brain training during two months could significantly improve the sleep quality of these people.

These studies have shown, in the group that followed the brain training program, a significant improvement in cognitive function compared to the control group, especially in terms of concentration and memory.

The comparison of all the sleep parameters and cognitive function between the control group and the group of participants also confirmed that regular brain training was at the origin of an improvement in the quality of sleep. In turn this resulted in an increase both of the total duration of the sleep time and a reduction in nocturnal awakenings.

In this study, brain training can improve sleep by reducing the neurobiological effects of aging by maintaining brain plasticity.

 

 

 

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