Aging Is Often Associated With Gradual Cognitive Decline

1289 WordsMay 1, 20176 Pages
Aging is often associated with gradual cognitive decline which can significantly affect an individual’s quality of life. In Australia, 110, 000 people identified as suffering from dementia (ABS, 2012). A relatively new intervention that aims to combat this cognitive decline, involves the use of computerised brain training programs. Many studies have shown that cognitive training can improve cognitive function in older adults (Peretz, et al., 2011, p. 91). Having said that, there here have been mixed results regarding the effectiveness of improving overall cognitive function using computerised methods. There is evidence to suggest slight improvements in some areas of cognitive function. However, there has not been enough conclusive results…show more content…
164). This non-invasive intervention uses electrodes that are placed on the scalp, to measure brain function (including brainwave pattens, auditory and visual feedback), which allows participants to observe their own brain function to enhance theor cognitive ability. For the most effective results participants were required complete a minimum of 1 to 2 sessions a week and for longer lasting improvements, at least 10 sessions a week. During each session, participants listened to sounds while playing a video game, they play the game by using only their brain. When their brain wave activity reaches the required criteria, they gain points (which acts as the reward in this appliction of operant conditioning). This type of brain training has shown to be effective as it has been used to treat mental illness, and improve cognitive ability, especially among older populations (Rabipour & Raz, 2012, p. 165). BrainMaster’s target audience are young children and older adults. One advantage of this type of brain training is that it is self-regualted. It can be conducted anywhere with an internet connection. This is convenient for older people who may find it difficult to attend frequent face to face sessions. This computerised brain training can be completed in the privacy of their own home, at a time that is convenient to them (Rabipour & Raz, 2012, p.
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