Researchers at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia found that Lumosity’s Basic Training improved cognition in patients with mild cognitive impairment. This data was presented at the Australian Association of Gerontology Conference on November 19, 2010.
Mild cognitive impairment is associated with an increased risk of dementia, and is diagnosed when a person experiences difficulties with recall, processing information quickly, and planning and carrying out tasks.
The study was designed and conducted by clinical psychologist Maurice Finn, and involved 16 participants training on Lumosity for 30 sessions over the course of 8-10 weeks. Another group of participants served as controls, receiving treatment as usual and not receiving any cognitive training.
“The results were very positive, with all participants recording significant improvements on all tasks they practiced during the training,” said Finn. “Importantly, the training also resulted in improvements on a task that participants had not practiced, that being fast, accurate performance on a measure of visual sustained attention. This is important as it means the brain has become more efficient at processing information.”
The assessment of transfer used in this study was Rapid Visual Presentation, a visual attention test from the Cambridge Automated Neuropyschological Test Battery (CANTAB).
This is a particularly encouraging result because researchers had previously questioned whether cognition could be improved in patients with mild cognitive impairment.