The accelerate study: The longitudinal effect of speed of processing training on cognitive performance of older adults

David Vance, Jeffrey Dawson, Virginia Wadley, Jerri Edwards, Daniel Roenker, Matthew Rizzo, Karlene Ball

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Abstract

Objective: Examine the short-term and long-term impact of speed of processing training on cognitive performance in older adults. Study Design: Randomly assigned, 2-group experimental design with assessment periods at baseline, immediately after training, and at 2 subsequent annual points. Setting: Laboratory. Participants: Older adults (N=159) with speed of processing impairments. Interventions: Speed of processing training group or a social contact Internet control group. Participants in both groups received approximately ten 1-hr training sessions. Main Outcome Measures: Cognitive measures. Results: Speed of processing training resulted in improved performance on two measures of information processing (Useful Field of View and the Starry Night tests). Conclusions: Speed of processing training produced significant processing speed improvement that was robust over a 2-year period.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-96
Number of pages8
JournalRehabilitation Psychology
Volume52
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2007

Keywords

  • Cognitive performance
  • Information processing
  • Internet training
  • Long-term effect
  • Short-term effect
  • Speed of processing
  • Training duration
  • UFOV

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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