McDougall, S. and House, B., 2012. Brain training in older adults: Evidence of transfer to memory span performance and pseudo-Matthew effects. Aging, Neuropsychology & Cognition. (In Press)
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In this study the effects of ‘brain training’ using the Nintendo DS Brain Training were examined in two groups of older adults; the cognitive performance of an experimental group (n = 21) who were asked to use the Nintendo DS regularly over a six-week period was compared with the control group (n = 20). Groups were matched on age (mean age=74 years), education, computer experience, daily activities (time spent reading or watching television) and initial scores of Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS). Analyses revealed that improvements were primarily in the Digit Span Test, specifically Digits Backwards. Although the Brain Training package appeared to have some efficacy, other factors such as perceived quality of life and perceived cognitive functioning were at least equally important in determining training outcomes. The implications of these findings for cognitive training setting are discussed.
|Group:||School of Design, Engineering & Computing > Psychology Research Group|
|Deposited By:||Professor Sine McDougall|
|Deposited On:||23 Jan 2012 14:34|
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