Memory training strategies 'aid mild cognitive impairment strategies'

2 March 2012

A memory training strategy could help to combat mild cognitive impairment, new research shows.

Memory training was found to boost the recollection skills of people who often forget things, according to a new study published online in the journal Hippocampus.

It was also found to re-engage the hippocampus - a part of the brain essential for memory formation.

Study participants were asked to focus on a feature of the room that stood out and was close to the object, before learning a short explanation about why the item was situated in that location. They then created a mental picture in order to tie the information together.

In a number of sessions, participants were shown household objects one at a time, with each being followed by its location in a computer-simulated room, and an hour later they were asked to identify the location of each object.

After their initial visit, participants returned to the lab for three more training sessions, before their memory was assessed on how well they were able to remember the objects' locations.

It was found that people benefitted significantly more from using memory strategies than from increased exposure to the objects, and authors believe the results indicate how people with mild cognitive impairment can improve in terms of memory.

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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