Computer Games Shown To Be Effective Treatment For Geriatric Depression

Computer Games Shown To Be Effective Treatment For Geriatric Depression
old people playing video gamesPlaying certain types of computer games can be an effective alternative for treating elderly people diagnosed with depression whose symptoms exhibit resistance to conventional treatments, a new study showed. The study, titled “Neuroplasticity-based computerized cognitive remediation for treatment-resistant geriatric depression” and published in the journal Nature Communications, points out that executive dysfunction — a lack of efficacy of the executive functions — in geriatric depression is both common and often persistent despite remission of symptoms, with poor clinical outcomes. Trying to find an alternative to conventional treatments, a group of researchers led by Sarah Shizuko Morimoto, a research neuropsychologist at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York, developed what they called a neuroplasticity-based computerized cognitive remediation-geriatric depression treatment in order to target executive dysfunction in geriatric depression. They assume that remending these deficits may modulate the underlying brain network abornmalities shared by executive dysfunction and depression. Researchers compared their novel treatment to a
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