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Abstract #1238

Combined Working Memory and Attention Training Improves Cognition via Task-Specific and Transfer Effects

Daisuke Sawamura1,2, Ryusuke Suzuki3, Keita Ogawa4, Shinya Sakai2, Xinnan Li1, Hiroyuki Hamaguchi1, and Khin Khin Tha5,6
1Department of Biomarker Imaging Science, Graduate School of Biomedical Science and Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, 2Department of Functioning and Disability, Faculty of Health Sciences, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, 3Departments of Medical Physics, Hokkaido University Hospital, Sapporo, Japan, 4Department of Rehabilitation, Hokkaido University Hospital, Sapporo, Japan, 5Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan, 6Global Station for Quantum Medical Science and Engineering, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan

Little is known about how neurocognition is modulated upon combined computerized cognitive training (CCT). We developed a combined CCT program designed to improve several cognitive functions simultaneously, and evaluated its effect on neurocognitive performance and functional connectivity (FC) of the brain. The results suggest that the CCT improves not only the targeted functions but also the other aspects of neurocognition via augmentation of transfer effect. The LPFC and fronto-parieto-occipital networks are thought to play role.

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