It is widely accepted that physiological aging is a dynamic process and that cognitive and brain reserves act as protective factors against cognitive decline. The re-activation of networks mediating cognitive functions by cognitive and electrophysiological interventions may then lead to an improvement of functional profile. The research aims at investigating the efficacy of a prefrontal transcranial Direct Current Stimulation protocol (tDCS) and a computerized cognitive protocol (Cogn) in empowering cognitive functions and automatic attention responses in healthy elderly people. Thirty-two volunteers took part to the study and were divided into the tDCS, Cogn or control group. The experimental design included an initial assessment session (T0) and a 3-months re-test (T1), with standardized neuropsychological tests and Event-Related Potentials (ERPs) recording. Both intervention protocols lasted 8 weeks and included 3 sessions per week. Comparison of T0 and T1 data highlighted an increasing profile for specific post-intervention performances at neuropsychological tests in tDCS and Cogn groups. In addition, we also observed a modulation of ERPs responses to a challenging attention task. Finally, participants qualitatively reported subjective increases in everyday functioning. Our findings suggest that structured intervention protocols may help in empowering cognitive abilities in healthy aging people and hint at interesting implication for prevention and early intervention.

Crivelli, D., Canavesio, Y., Pala, F., Finocchiaro, R., Lecci, G., Inzaghi, M. G., Balconi, M., Cognitive and electrophysiological empowerment in healthy aging: clinical and EEG evidences, Comunicazione, in Program of «The 14th European Congress of Psychology», (Milano, 07-10 July 2015), Italian Network of Psychologists’ Associations, Milano 2015: 58-58 [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/70898]

Cognitive and electrophysiological empowerment in healthy aging: clinical and EEG evidences

Crivelli, Davide;Pala, Francesca;Finocchiaro, Roberta;Inzaghi, Maria Grazia;Balconi, Michela
2015

Abstract

It is widely accepted that physiological aging is a dynamic process and that cognitive and brain reserves act as protective factors against cognitive decline. The re-activation of networks mediating cognitive functions by cognitive and electrophysiological interventions may then lead to an improvement of functional profile. The research aims at investigating the efficacy of a prefrontal transcranial Direct Current Stimulation protocol (tDCS) and a computerized cognitive protocol (Cogn) in empowering cognitive functions and automatic attention responses in healthy elderly people. Thirty-two volunteers took part to the study and were divided into the tDCS, Cogn or control group. The experimental design included an initial assessment session (T0) and a 3-months re-test (T1), with standardized neuropsychological tests and Event-Related Potentials (ERPs) recording. Both intervention protocols lasted 8 weeks and included 3 sessions per week. Comparison of T0 and T1 data highlighted an increasing profile for specific post-intervention performances at neuropsychological tests in tDCS and Cogn groups. In addition, we also observed a modulation of ERPs responses to a challenging attention task. Finally, participants qualitatively reported subjective increases in everyday functioning. Our findings suggest that structured intervention protocols may help in empowering cognitive abilities in healthy aging people and hint at interesting implication for prevention and early intervention.
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Program of «The 14th European Congress of Psychology»
The 14th European Congress of Psychology
Milano
Comunicazione
7-lug-2015
10-lug-2015
Crivelli, D., Canavesio, Y., Pala, F., Finocchiaro, R., Lecci, G., Inzaghi, M. G., Balconi, M., Cognitive and electrophysiological empowerment in healthy aging: clinical and EEG evidences, Comunicazione, in Program of «The 14th European Congress of Psychology», (Milano, 07-10 July 2015), Italian Network of Psychologists’ Associations, Milano 2015: 58-58 [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/70898]
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