Cognitive Training for Mild Cognitive Impairment

Computer-Based Cognitive Training for Mild Cognitive Impairment: Results from a Pilot Randomized, Controlled Trial

Deborah E. Barnes, Kristine Yaffe, Nataliya Belfor, William J. Jagust, Charles DeCarli, Bruce R. Reed, Joel H. Kramer. Alzheimer Dis Assoc Disord. 2009 Jul–Sep; 23(3): 205-210.
doi: 10.1097/WAD.0b013e31819c6137

In this 2009 study, 47 adults with diagnosed mild cognitive impairment (MCI), performed computer-based cognitive training for 100 minutes a day, 5 days a week for 6 weeks. The cognitive training focused on tasks to improve speed and accuracy of auditory processing. The control group spent the same time on the computer – but performed more passive activities such as reading, listening and a visuo-spatial game.

In the results, there was a pattern of improvements in verbal learning and memory in the intervention group as compared to improvements in language and visuospatial functioning in the control group.

The researchers conclude that there is room to study domain-specific effects of cognitive training, and that such intensive computerized cognitive trianing can work with individuals with MCI.

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