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Computerized working memory training in healthy adults : A comparison of two different training schedules

Penner, I. -K. and Vogt, A. and Stoecklin, M. and Gschwind, L. and Opwis, K. and Calabrese, P.. (2012) Computerized working memory training in healthy adults : A comparison of two different training schedules. Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, Vol. 22, H. 5. pp. 716-733.

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Abstract

This study compared a high intensity working memory training (45 minutes, 4 times per week for 4 weeks) with a distributed training (45 minutes, 2 times per week for 8 weeks) in middle-aged, healthy adults. The aim was to clarify whether a computerised working memory training is effective and whether intensity of training influences training outcome. To evaluate the efficacy and possible transfer effects, a neuropsychological test battery assessing short- and long-term memory, working memory, executive functions and mental speed was applied at baseline and at retest. Our results indicate that the distributed training led to increased performance in all cognitive domains when compared to the high intensity training and the control group without training. The most significant differences revealed by interaction contrasts were found for verbal and visual working memory, verbal short-term memory and mental speed. These results support the hypothesis that cognitive enhancement by cognitive intervention is effective in healthy individuals, and that a distributed training schedule is superior to a high intensity intervention.
Faculties and Departments:07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Forschungsbereich Persönlichkeits- und Entwicklungspsychologie > Allgemeine Psychologie und Methodologie (Opwis)
07 Faculty of Psychology > Departement Psychologie > Ehemalige Einheiten Psychologie > Clinical Cognitive Research (Penner)
UniBasel Contributors:Penner, Iris-Katharina and Stöcklin, Markus and Opwis, Klaus and Calabrese, Pasquale
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:Psychology Press
ISSN:0960-2011
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
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