Thanks to the technological advancement, you can find plenty of brain training apps at Android and iOs store. Most of the apps claim they can help cure dementia or Alzheimers and can boost memory, but it was hard to find such claims supported by some scientific research.
A new study from researchers at McGill University in association with a commercial company Posit Science has presented fascinating evidence showing how a proprietary brain exercise can directly increase production of a chemical critical to memory and learning.
A small study could have big implications in the battle against age-related cognitive decline and dementia, according to research announced at the Alzheimers Association International Conference.
“Just as physical exercise unleashes multiple mechanisms to drive better physical health, plasticity-based brain exercise drives many key mechanisms, in concert, to drive better brain health,” observed Dr. Henry Mahncke, CEO of Posit Science.
This new study set out to find out what effects brain training exercises had on levels of acetylcholine in the brain. The initial, and admittedly tiny, study looked at five healthy older adults. The subjects completed around 12 hours of brain training across six weeks using a proprietary program called BrainHQ.
Brain training apps that support mental workout is termed as the “Freeze Frame” exercises.
A commercialized version of the exercise is found exclusively in the BrainHQ web and mobile apps from Posit Science.
The exercise used in the study presents a user with a target image, and then shows the user a series of images, with each presented for a split-second. If the presented image does not match the target, the user responds by tapping (a key or screen), but if the image matches the target, the user withholds a response (not tapping).
There were also some researches supporting the fact that fasting also helps prevent Alzheimer’s and helps in improving memory.
While they conducted this particular study with the agenda of promoting a specific commercial brain training program, it still offers an interesting insight into how a neurochemical mechanism can be potentially modulated through a simple cognitive exercise and how similar brain training apps can help prevent memory-related diseases.