A new app proves that the crossroad between health care and technology can really improve human communities. A team of neuroscientists from the United Kingdom has just released a new app that can train the brain. The target audience for such software is dementia patients who can improve their condition.
The Sole Treatment for Dementia Patients So Far Is Cognitive Training
A new report found that the British neuroscientists’ app scored positive results in its treatment of amnestic mild cognitive impairment. This condition is normal among people at the intersection between dementia and healthy aging. The most difficult side effects are loss of motivation and memory. At the moment, there is no drug on the market that can provide an effective solution to this degeneration.
The sole working solution so far was cognitive training. However, these sessions prove often to be too boring and repetitive for people who are losing their power of concentration. They consist of mental exercises such as attentional processing. However, scientists at the University of Cambridge blended science with fun in their new app dubbed as “Game Show” to make up for the inconveniences in these mental exercises.
Game Show Players Improved Their Memory by 40%
The new app focuses on training both motivation and cognition. British neuroscientists tested their new tool on 21 patients. All of them suffer from amnestic mild cognitive impairment. Another group of 21 participants was recruited. However, their health condition was in good state. Both parties were randomly selected to join either the control or training groups.
The control group had only to pay their clinics some visits. The training group had to use the app for eight times in four weeks. Each session lasted one hour. The results of this study were satisfactory. Players made third fewer mistakes and improved their memory capacities by 40%. By comparison to the control group, the active participants managed retainment of complex visual training. On top of that, they didn’t feel obliged to join the game, but they did it with pleasure, which instills motivation.
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