Abstract

Cognitive training offers a nonpharmacological method for increasing or stabilizing cognitive functioning through the use of guided practice on a set of tasks designed to reflect particular cognitive functions, such as memory, attention, language, or executive function. The purpose of the current study was to evaluate the efficacy of a cognitive training program for individuals with mild to moderate cognitive impairment. Six participants who displayed mild to moderate cognitive impairment were recruited at a local care facility and participated in a cognitive training program that consisted of 24 sessions conducted over 12 weeks. At the request of the facility’s activities staff, the program was repeated in its entirety a second time. Thus, participants were evaluated with a battery of neuropsychological assessments in a pre-post-secondary-post manner. Effect size data indicates that the cognitive training program offers promise for improvement or stabilization on a number of cognitive domains, although patterns are variable. Results of this study suggest that this cognitive training program may be a useful tool for individuals with mild cognitive impairment.

Advisor

Jeffrey Buchanan

First Committee Member

Eric Sprankle

Second Committee Member

Donald Ebel

Date of Degree

2017

Language

english

Document Type

Thesis

Degree

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

Psychology

College

Social and Behavioral Sciences

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 License

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