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Cognitive health in ageing

This research is funded by a 5 year grant from the National Institute of Health Research (NIHR), as part of the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (BRC)

There is lots of interest in whether cognitive interventions, such as ‘brain training’, can be used to boost the cognitive abilities of older adults, reduce the risk of developing dementia and slow the progression of cognitive decline in patients with dementia.  In general, results from cognitive training studies (involving repeated practice on specific cognitive tasks) have been disappointing, with the majority of studies suggesting no cognitive improvement beyond improved performance on the particular tasks trained (Owen et al 2010, Martin et al 2011), and no benefits for people with dementia (Clare et al 2003).  The aim of this programme of research is to develop more effective emotion- and attention-based cognitive interventions to boost cognitive function in older adults and people with mild cognitive impairment. 


Research Participants

If you are aged over 60 and are interested in participating in this research, please click here