WASHINGTON, and YOQNEAM, Israel, June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- New findings
on the effects of computer based-training on cognitive function for baby
boomers and seniors suggest that cognitive training offers a positive
impact and should be prescribed for individuals living with depression.
The findings, presented here at The Alzheimer's Association
International Conference on the Prevention of Dementia, are the latest data
from a first-of- its-kind, double-blind clinical trial on the effects of
computer-based training on cognitive function during two years for the
"The results of our clinical trial suggest that cognitive training
should be widely encouraged among depressed patients," said Amos Korczyn,
M.D., trial investigator, as well as chairman of the Department of
Neurology for Tel-Aviv University's Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center,
professor and incumbent of the chair of neurology at Tel-Aviv University's
Sackler School of Medicine and Chief Scientist for NexSig, a company that
develops adaptive diagnostic systems for early detection of neurological
disorders. "Scientists have established that depression is associated with
dementia, cognitive decline and Alzheimer's disease, as well as with
greater cognitive and functional decline and higher rates of
In the research, the computer training in MindFit(TM) cognitive skill
assessment and training software, created by CogniFit, Ltd.
(www.cognifit.com), was found to improve short-term memory, spatial
relations and attention focus-for all subjects. While all study
participants benefited from the use of computer games, MindFit users
experienced greater improvement in the cognitive domains of spatial short
term memory, visuo-spatial learning and focused attention.
"Research has shown that regularly scheduled cognitive exercise can not
only improve cognitive function among healthy boomers and seniors, but in
patients diagnosed with MCI (minimal cognitive impairment) as well," said
Prof. Shlomo Breznitz, Ph.D., founder and president of CogniFit. "As such,
cognitive therapy--either alone or with existent drugs--can help fend-off
Alzheimer's and help sharpen the cognitive function of those living with
In the latest findings, 15.7 percent of study participants were shown
to have depression (Geriatric Depression Scale>5) at baseline. Yet, the
cognitive side effects of depression did not prevent that population from
benefiting as much as other users from cognitive training to improve
attention focus and sustainment; recognition, recall and spacial short-term
memory; visuo-spatial learning; executive functions; and, mental
The trial was conducted at the Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center of Tel-
Aviv University in Israel, where researchers are taking a leading role in
the study of age-related disorders. During the two-year clinical trial,
doctors conducted a prospective, randomized, double-blind study with active
comparators of 121 self-referred volunteer participants age 50 and older.
Each study participant was randomly assigned to spend 30 minutes, three
times a week during the course of three months at home, using either
MindFit or sophisticated computer games.
While all study participants benefited from the use of computer games,
MindFit users experienced greater improvement in the cognitive domains of
spatial short term memory, visuo-spatial learning and focused attention.
Additionally, MindFit users in the study with lower baseline cognitive
performance gained more than those with normal cognition, showing the
potential therapeutic effect of home-based computer training software in
those already suffering the effects of aging or more serious diseases.
MindFit software helps to assess and build overall cognitive skills for
baby boomers, seniors and people of all ages. In other research studies,
MindFit has helped users to improve their short-term memory by 18 percent.
The comprehensive cognitive training program assesses, trains and enhances
cognitive skills--including memory, focus, learning and concentration--and
safeguards overall cognitive vitality, an overall concept patented by
CogniFit. Unlike any other cognitive assessment and training software on
the market, MindFit's patented, personally tailoring technology provides
fun, individualized training to match users' unique cognitive skill sets,
changing exercises and levels to suit each individual's unique needs.
In March, MindFit was recognized with a 2007 American Society on Aging
Business and Aging Award.
For more information about MindFit and other CogniFit products, visit
www.cognifit.com or call 866-993-7312. To order MindFit online, visit
About Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center
Tel-Aviv Sourasky Medical Center (http://www.tasmc.org.il/e/) is
Israel's second largest hospital, serving the Tel-Aviv metropolitan area.
Founded in 1963 as a 1-building facility, The Tel Aviv Medical Center is
now spread-out over an area of 150,000 meters and incorporates three
hospitals: the Ichilov General Hospital and Ida Sourasky Rehabilitation
Center, the Lis Maternity Hospital, and the Dana Children's Hospital. The
Tel Aviv Medical Center also serves as an instructional and research center
affiliated with the Sackler Medical School and the Sheinborn Nursing School
of Tel Aviv University.
About CogniFit, Ltd.
CogniFit (www.cognifit.com) is a pioneer in the assessment and training
of human cognitive abilities. The company focuses on developing advanced
software tools for consumers and businesses that assess and enhance basic
cognitive skills such as memory, perception and attention. Its initial
award-winning product offerings are DriveFit and MindFit. DriveFit is a
suite of programs aimed at helping to assess and build the cognitive and
psychomotor skills needed by novice, senior and fleet drivers. The MindFit
family of products helps to assess and build overall cognitive skills for
Baby Boomers, seniors and people of all ages.
The company was founded in 1999 by Prof. Shlomo Breznitz, Ph.D.,
international psychology authority and founding director of the Center for
Study of Psychological Stress at the University of Haifa.
CogniFit, MindFit and MindFit Corporate are all trademarks of CogniFit,
Ltd. All other trade names are the property of their respective owners.
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