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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

hat CogniFit brain training, but not mild aerobic physical activity, is effective in improving cognitive performance in this elderly population and that, even in the aerobic training and brain training combined condition, it is the brain fitness program that drives the improvement.

Dr. Evelyn Shatil, Head of Cognitive Science at CogniFit and lead author of the study explains: “Cognitive decline is a main concern in aging. The study shows that 4 months of physical activity could not improve cognitive function. Brain training alone or combined, however, could. In four months we observed important cognitive benefits in the groups that engaged in brain fitness. So, these results offer not only hope, but a real solution for all individuals who want to improve cognitive function but cannot engage in strenuous or even in mild aerobic activity. For example individuals with mobility problems, frail individuals, hospitalized patients or even just individuals who cannot find the time or the energy. They can relax in front of their computer and play the CogniFit games. Not only is it a scientifically proven solution, it is also fun, safe and inexpensive.”

Up to now, research in neuroscience had shown that cognitive training and physical exercise were the only proven ways to improve cognitive function. Most of those past studies, however, focused on younger populations. In reality, older subjects cannot cope with strenuous physical activity and require milder aerobic training. The present study shows that this type of milder physical training cannot improve cognitive abilities. In addition, some past studies have shown that at least one full year of aerobic training is required before a cognitive improvement can be achieved. These new results, which show that only four months of brain training are sufficient to obtain significant cognitive gains, designate cognitive training as th
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