Study finds 'brain training' can prevent mental decline

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Publish Date
Tue, 3 Sep 2019, 12:26PM
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Study finds 'brain training' can prevent mental decline

Author
Newstalk ZB,
Publish Date
Tue, 3 Sep 2019, 12:26PM

A new study has found older people can train to prevent their brain to prevent decline,  allowing them to keep up mentally with those in their twenties.

The research, a collaboration between the University of Newcastle’s Hunter Medical Research Institute and the University of California, Irvine, used a brain-training game called Luminosity to assess participants’ ability to switch between tasks.

With extensive task practice, older people became functionally similar to less-practiced younger people.

Distinguished Professor Sir Richard Faull, founder and head of the Centre for Brain Research in Auckland joined Kerre McIvor to discuss the study further.

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