A small research study, involving older persons with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), indicates that cognitive training delivered in the form of a brain training game (the app called “Game Show”) may help improve memory and might potentially reduce / retard the rate of dementia progression.
“The participants also reported that they enjoyed playing the games and were motivated to continue using the app”.
More research is required to confirm such early findings. An NHS Choices Behind the Headlines critical appraisal explores both the potential significance and the possible shortcomings of this trial.
Brain training app used to treat memory condition. London: NHS Choices; Behind the Headlines, July 3rd 2017.
This relates to:
Savulich, G. Piercy, T. [and] Fox, C. [et al] (2017). Cognitive training using a novel memory game on an iPad in patients with amnestic Mild Cognitive Impairment (aMCI). International Journal of Neuropsychopharmacology. July 2nd 2017. [Epub ahead of print].