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The quest for improved cognitive function through ‘brain training’ may not live up to its promise.
Adrian Owen (left) based at the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit, Cambridge, led a collaborative study working with neuroscientists at Kings College, London and the University of Manchester and Manchester Academic Health Science Centre. The scientists conducted a six-week online training study with 11,430 participants, who each undertook a ‘benchmarking’ assessment at the beginning and end of the regime.
Speaking to Nature, Adrian explained:
Owen adds that his findings don't necessarily mean that training in young children or elderly patients is pointless. But "the evidence is not strong", he says. "And someone needs to go and test it."
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Posted on 21/04/2010
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