Posted: September 15, 2009
A recent article in Time Magazine discusses the relevance of slowing mental decline in the elderly by playing video games and references a study done by Helena Westerberg, Ph.D. on Cogmed training.
The article, written by Anita Hamilton, explores the idea that certain activities can curb the natural cognitive decline that comes with aging and highlights the idea that engaging in rigorous mental tasks, like playing video games, can serve this purpose. Hamilton acknowledges the highly commercialized nature of many “brain-training” programs, but points to Cogmed as an example of the serious scientific implications that surround the idea of cognitive training. Hamilton examines a study done by Dr. Helena Westerberg of the Karolinska Institute which showed that Cogmed training caused noticeable benefits to both younger and older adults. This study, using a proven placebo controlled research design, showed significant results in the participant’s daily lives, following Cogmed training.
Hamilton paints a two-sided picture of neuroplasticity positioning an exciting, scientifically rooted concept against a hyperactive, infomercial-like gaming industry. Cogmed, research-based and provided through careful professionals, represents the solid side of the brain-training spectrum.
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