The increase in life expectancy was followed by an increase in age-related difficulties, representing an important threat to active aging. To promote active aging a growing interest in developing Computerized Cognitive Trainings (CTT) took place. Those trainings aim at potentiating cognitive functions through the repetition of standardized exercises. To be most effective, these tools should be easily accessible, adaptive, and customizable. Our study aims at comparing the results of specific CTT on attention and memory by testing near and far-transfer effects. Fifty healthy older adults, aged 65-80 years old, took part in the study. They were assigned to one of the three conditions: attentional training, memory training, or passive control. All participants were assessed individually at the baseline and after the intervention phase (or at a corresponding period) with a battery of cognitive tests. Individuals assigned to the training groups underwent 8 sessions (40 minutes each). Results indicate that, even though benefits can be observed following both trainings, only participants assigned to the attentional CTT demonstrated both domain-specific and far-transfer effects. These results will be discussed as evidence that attention may be a critical component of older adults’ cognitive enhancement.

Enhancing memory and attention with adaptive computerized cognitive training

Gaspari M.;Zuppiroli S
2022

Abstract

The increase in life expectancy was followed by an increase in age-related difficulties, representing an important threat to active aging. To promote active aging a growing interest in developing Computerized Cognitive Trainings (CTT) took place. Those trainings aim at potentiating cognitive functions through the repetition of standardized exercises. To be most effective, these tools should be easily accessible, adaptive, and customizable. Our study aims at comparing the results of specific CTT on attention and memory by testing near and far-transfer effects. Fifty healthy older adults, aged 65-80 years old, took part in the study. They were assigned to one of the three conditions: attentional training, memory training, or passive control. All participants were assessed individually at the baseline and after the intervention phase (or at a corresponding period) with a battery of cognitive tests. Individuals assigned to the training groups underwent 8 sessions (40 minutes each). Results indicate that, even though benefits can be observed following both trainings, only participants assigned to the attentional CTT demonstrated both domain-specific and far-transfer effects. These results will be discussed as evidence that attention may be a critical component of older adults’ cognitive enhancement.
Proceedings of the Cognitive Science Arena
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Signorello, D., Stablum, F., Gaspari, M., Zuppiroli, S
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