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A New Peer-Reviewed Study by CogniFit Finds That Brain Training Successfully Enhances Cognitive Ability, Whereas Physical Activity Does Not
Date:3/6/2013

New York, NY (PRWEB) March 06, 2013

CogniFit, a leading developer of scientific brain training and online brain fitness, announces the publication of a new peer-reviewed article in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience. The article “Does combined cognitive training and physical activity training enhance cognitive abilities more than either alone?” demonstrates that CogniFit brain training activities improved cognitive function in healthy older adults aged 65 to 90 years whereas physical and aerobic activity did not bring about any cognitive improvements. Even when combining both physical and cognitive training, the physical activity part did not bring any cognitive improvement by itself.

The study was conducted at the Lakeview retirement community in Kansas, United States. Four groups of healthy older adults embarked on a four-month cognitive and/or mild aerobic training. A first group engaged in cognitive training, a second in physical activity which included mild aerobic training, a third in the combination of both and a fourth control group engaged in a book-reading activity. The brain training program used by the community was developed by CogniFit. The link to the published article can be found here.

The results indicate that, when compared to older adults who did not engage in cognitive training, older adults who engaged in cognitive training showed significant improvement in cognitive performance on various cognitive abilities such as eye-hand coordination, working memory, long-term memory and speed of information processing. Individuals who did not engage in cognitive training showed no improvements.

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