The new study shows complex cognitive training significantly improves cognitive brain health.

 

“Until recently, cognitive decline in healthy adults was viewed as an inevitable consequence of aging,” Said Dr. Sandra Bond Chapman, founder and chief director of CBH. “This research shows that neuroplasticity can be harnessed to enhance brain performance and provides hope enhance brain performance and provides hope for individuals to improve their own mental capacity and cognitive brain health by habitually exercising higher-order thinking strategies no matter their age.”

 

HOW IT WORKS

 

The study found that 12 hours of directed brain training can alter brain function, inducing increased blood flow, enhanced information communication across key brain regions, and expansion of the structural connections between brain regions related to new learning. Using three MRI-based measurements, researchers examined brain changes across three time points in a randomized sample of individuals – 56 to 71 years of age. The study found three significant training-related brain changes at rest: increases in global and regional cerebral blood flow (CBF), greater synchrony in important brain networks, and increased white matter integrity, which is the wiring of the brain that allows information to travel

 

WHAT IT MEANS

 

“Greater levels of brain blood flow are associated with higher cognitive performance,” said Dr. Chapman. “With upwards of 8% increase in brain blood flow, this research shows that participants are regaining measurable brain health. The brain and cognitive gains may help achieve a ‘younger working’ brain with all the benefits of rich experience, knowledge-base and wisdom as manifested in an older brain.”

Chapman also suggested that the findings are important for younger adults and encourages adoption of healthy brain habits in early adulthood to stave off cognitive decline.

Also noteworthy was that researchers found significant improvement in cognitive performance as well as a significant relationship between brain changes and improved cognitive performance. Among the participants who were randomized into the brain training group, researchers saw improvement in two cognitive domains: strategic reasoning, which is the ability to synthesize generalized meanings or extract larger ideas from lengthy input, and a measure of executive function that demonstrates the ability to abstract concepts.

 

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WHAT COMES NEXT

 

“Greater levels of brain blood flow are associated with higher cognitive performance,” said Dr. Chapman. “With upwards of 8% increase in brain blood flow, this research shows that participants are regaining measurable brain health.

 

HOW WE USE THE RESEARCH

 

“Greater levels of brain blood flow are associated with higher cognitive performance,” said Dr. Chapman. “With upwards of 8% increase in brain blood flow, this research shows that participants are regaining measurable brain health.

 

WHO FUNDED IT

 

“Greater levels of brain blood flow are associated with higher cognitive performance,” said Dr. Chapman. “With upwards of 8% increase in brain blood flow, this research shows that participants are regaining measurable brain health.