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Structural Brain Changes after Traditional and Robot-Assisted Multi-Domain Cognitive Training in Community-Dwelling Healthy Elderly

Title
Structural Brain Changes after Traditional and Robot-Assisted Multi-Domain Cognitive Training in Community-Dwelling Healthy Elderly
Authors
Kim, Geon HaJeon, SeunIm, KihoKwon, HunkiLee, Byung HwaKim, Ga YoungJeong, HanaHan, Noh EulSeo, Sang WonCho, HannaNoh, YoungPark, Sang EonKim, HojeongHwang, Jung WonYoon, Cindy W.Kim, Hee JinYe, Byoung SeokChin, Ju HeeKim, Jung-HyunSuh, Mee KyungLee, Jong MinKim, Sung TaeChoi, Mun-TaekKim, Mun SangHeilman, Kenneth M.Jeong, Jee HyangNa, Duk L.
Ewha Authors
정지향김건하
SCOPUS Author ID
정지향scopus; 김건하scopus
Issue Date
2015
Journal Title
PLOS ONE
ISSN
1932-6203JCR Link
Citation
vol. 10, no. 4
Publisher
PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE
Indexed
SCIE; SCOPUS WOS scopus
Abstract
The purpose of this study was to investigate if multi-domain cognitive training, especially robot-assisted training, alters cortical thickness in the brains of elderly participants. A controlled trial was conducted with 85 volunteers without cognitive impairment who were 60 years old or older. Participants were first randomized into two groups. One group consisted of 48 participants who would receive cognitive training and 37 who would not receive training. The cognitive training group was randomly divided into two groups, 24 who received traditional cognitive training and 24 who received robot-assisted cognitive training. The training for both groups consisted of daily 90-min-session, five days a week for a total of 12 weeks. The primary outcome was the changes in cortical thickness. When compared to the control group, both groups who underwent cognitive training demonstrated attenuation of age related cortical thinning in the frontotemporal association cortices. When the robot and the traditional interventions were directly compared, the robot group showed less cortical thinning in the anterior cingulate cortices. Our results suggest that cognitive training can mitigate age-associated structural brain changes in the elderly.
DOI
10.1371/journal.pone.0123251
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