Interesting read (and study): At last, a gold-standard study on brain training

6 Nov

Pedro De Bruyckere vertelde me gisteren vlak voor de voorstelling van zijn nieuwe boek “Ik was 10 in 2015” (samen met Bert Smits) op de boekenbeurs in Antwerpen al over dit onderzoek.

From experience to meaning...

This is a very interesting study and analysis of this study on something that has been a theme for quite a while: is it possible to train our brain via the computer. While there have been a lot of claims about this, in our book we describe that these claims have little to no substance. But this study is different.

First the abstract of the study by Corbett and many, many others:

Introduction
Cognitive training (CT) offers a potential approach for dementia prevention and maintenance of cognitive function in older adults. Online delivery provides a cost-effective means of implementing CT compared with in-person interventions, with the potential of providing an effective public health intervention for risk reduction.

Methods
A double-blind 6-month online randomized controlled trial in adults older than 50 randomized to General CT, Reasoning CT, or control. The primary outcome was instrumental activities of daily living (IADL) in adults…

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