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Abstract #5219

The Benefits Of Cognitive Training Depend On The Wiring Of The Brain

Karen Caeyenberghs1, Claudia Metzler-Baddeley2, Peter Wilson1, and Derek K Jones2

1School of Psychology, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne, Australia, 2Cardiff University, Cardiff, United Kingdom

There is strong evidence that task-specific training leads to changes in brain structure, as assessed using MRI-based techniques that probe microstructure or morphology. In the present study, we want to understand the specific mechanisms of action of task-specific training and identify other critical ingredients. Here, we used a well-established working memory training program and state-of-the art neuroimaging methods in 40 healthy adults. Further research on dose, timing, and duration of training is necessary to generalize the training protocols to the field of structural neuroplasticity.

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