NIH Brain Training Study Is on Time’s 2016 List of New Scientific Discoveries

NIH Brain Training Study Is on Time’s 2016 List of New Scientific Discoveries
A decade-long study evaluating the impact of a brain training exercise on dementia, often associated with Alzheimer’s disease, was selected to be part of Time magazine’s 100 New Scientific Discoveries of 2016. The National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded ACTIVE study led to the development of an exercise that was later acquired by Posit Science. The exercise, Double Decision, is commercially available in the BrainHQ brain training platform. The 10-year ACTIVE study (NCT00298558) is the "most rigorous study" to ever investigate cognitive training and aging, according to Time. The study was independently run by researchers from six institutions. The study was based on previous NIH-funded efforts in the 1980s, when researchers Karlene Ball and Daniel Roenker investigated the basic brain science of visual speed and attention. At the time, their findings were not obviously linked to the onset of dementia, but over 15 years showed that training the brain could indeed improve cognitive brain function. The NIH began working on the ACTIVE study, requesting a gold-standard clinical trial to assess the long-term effects of cognitive training on function. The trial recruited 2,832 healthy older participants, dividing them into three arms (reflecting the three different theories of what is more important for cognitive function and aging: reasoning training, memory training, and speed of proces
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