Electronic Cognitive Exercises

Electronic Cognitive Exercises

Agisilaos Chaldogeridis (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece) and Thrasyvoulos Tsiatsos (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-5888-2.ch096
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Background

Research has shown that brain exercise can slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease and can also improve the cognitive functioning of people with attention deficit disorder, head injuries, autism, schizophrenia and other cognitive problems. Today, there is a worldwide effort under way to find better ways to treat the disease, delay its onset, and prevent it from developing. Additionally to pharmaceutical treatment, a form of cognitive exercise can be very useful, by improving mental abilities and brain functionality. The rehabilitation of cognitive impairments in patients with Alzheimer’s disease is a form of treatment that is used in order to limit and offset the damaged mental abilities. Also, CT is used to develop the thinking skills that help children in school and adults in the workplace improve their memory, attention, listening skills, self-control, processing speed, and more (1).

Key Terms in this Chapter

Brain Fitness: A person’s capacity to meet various cognitive demands.

Cognitive Training: General term describing any activity that aims at mental stimulation.

Cognitive Rehabilitation: A program that helps brain-injured or cognitively impaired people to restore normal functionality.

Mental Exercise: An exercises in which the individual performs a mentally stimulating task.

Alzheimer’s Disease: The most common form of dementia.

Electronic Cognitive Training: Any kind of cognitive exercise that is implemented in a computer.

Dementia: A condition that describes a serious loss of cognitive ability in a previously healthy person, far from what might be expected in a normal aging situation.

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