Cognitive Stimulation

Institute of Medicine Report on Cognitive Aging

The Institute of Medicine has recently released a report entitled Cognitive Aging: Progress in Understanding and Opportunities for Action. This special report addresses “the emerging concept of cognitive aging, the importance of this issue for the nation’s public health, and actions the nation needs to take to better understand and maintain the cognitive health of […]

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Magnetic Stimulation Can Improve Memory in Schizophrenia

A new study published in Biological Psychiatry provides new evidence that stimulating the brain using repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) may be an effective strategy to improve cognitive function. A randomized, 4-week controlled trial (n=27) evaluated whether rTMS can improve working memory in schizophrenia. Patients performed the verbal working memory n-back task before and after […]

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Who Benefits the Most from Cognitive Stimulation Therapy for Dementia?

A study in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry reports that the efficacy of cognitive stimulation therapy (CST) has been demonstrated, but little is known about the characteristics of people with dementia, who may respond to this therapy. This study sought to investigate which factors may predict a more positive response to CST. Subjects diagnosed […]

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Computerized Cognitive Training Restores Neural Activity in Schizophrenia

A new study published in the journal Neuron demonstrates that a specific type of computerized cognitive training can lead to significant neural and behavioral improvements in individuals with schizophrenia. According to the authors, ‘schizophrenia patients struggle with ‘reality monitoring. Although there are drugs that reduce the clinical symptoms of schizophrenia, current medications do not improve […]

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Cognitive Stimulation Beneficial in Dementia

According to a systematic review by Cochrane researchers, Cognitive stimulation therapies have beneficial effects on memory and thinking in people with dementia. Despite concerns that cognitive improvements may not be matched by improvements in quality of life, the review also found positive effects for well-being. There has, for some time, been a general belief that […]

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