“Distinct Brain and Behavioral Benefits from Cognitive vs. Physical Training: A Randomized Trial in Aging Adults” was posted on the Frontiers in Human Science blog on 7-18-16. This study builds on an emerging body of research about the cognitive benefits of exercise and cognitive training for older adults. The participants were “normally aging middle to older age adults.” Previous studies have found significant benefits for each “treatment,” but this study was able to identify specific benefits.
The authors conclude:
In this study….we aimed to elucidate the distinct impact of each training on the brain and behavior. We found that the cognitive training improved executive function whereas physical training enhanced memory.
mhconcierge’s take: This study supports the benefits of asking our middle to older age patients/clients about their lifestyle, including exercise and cognitive simulation, and offering help with increasing their cognitive wellness activities.
This article comes to our attention courtesy of the prolific psychology posting service provided by Ken Pope, Ph.D.