Working memory (short-term memory) declines with age, but it appears that a new technique involving transcranial brain stimulation may have some potential for helping to restore working memory to levels typical of more youthful individuals.
“The results provide insight into the physiological foundations of age-related cognitive impairment and contribute to groundwork for future non-pharmacological interventions targeting aspects of cognitive decline”.
This research is at an early stage and will require careful evaluation before being approved as a non-invasive intervention to reverse age-related cognitive decline, even in healthy individuals. Further:
“It would be premature to extrapolate the findings to everyday functioning in individuals with clinically significant memory problems”. Dorothy Bishop, Professor of Developmental Neuropsychology at University of Oxford.
Gallagher, J. (2019). Precise brain stimulation boosts memory. London: BBC Health News, April 9th 2019.
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Reinhart, RMG. [and] Nguyen JA. Working memory revived in older adults by synchronizing rhythmic brain circuits. Nature Neuroscience. April 9th 2019. [Epub ahead of print].