Brain Training’s Effect on Memory and Dementia

 

Brain Training

Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia can be some of the most heartbreaking trials that we can go through as human beings. The confusion, the frustration, the loss of control and the disappointed faces of loved ones as the sufferer forgets their cherished memories.  But, there is hope in the prevention and improvement of brain activity for those at risk for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.

There have been extensive leaps and bounds in research among Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia patients which suggests that exercising the brain can reduce and prevent damage caused by Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.

The Study

According to a recent study performed by a team of researchers from Johns Hopkins University and the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, brain training leads to significant improvements in brain activity. Electrodes measuring electrical activity showed an increase in “alpha band” brain waves in an area of the brain that plays a critical role in attention, memory and higher-level thinking.

The team compared two approaches to improving working memory, which acts as a kind of mental workspace where we store information temporarily.  The team of researchers had 136 young adults, divided into 2 groups, spend a month training their brains for 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week.

The first group performed a Complex Span test, which involved remembering the location of an item despite distractions.

The second group performed a Dual N-Back test. Each day they would watch flashing squares on a computer screen appear on a grid and listen to a voice reading letters from the alphabet.

The Results

The N-Back training was much more effective than complex span training. The group who performed the N-Back training showed a 30 percent improvement in working memory, nearly twice as much as the group who performed the Complex Span Training.

At the end of the study, the team concluded that there is a definite correlation between “brain training” and the improvement of working memory.

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