A UCLA research study published in the June issue of the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry found that people may be able to improve their cognitive function and brain efficiency by making simple lifestyle changes such as incorporating memory exercises, healthy eating, physical fitness and stress reduction into their daily lives.
Researchers found that after just 14 days of following healthy lifestyle strategies, study participants’ brain metabolism decreased in working memory regions, suggesting an increased efficiency — so the brain didn’t have to work as hard to accomplish tasks.
For the two-week study, 17 subjects with normal baseline memory performance scores were randomly assigned to two groups: a control group did not make any behavior modifications, while a test group incorporated healthy longevity strategies to improve physical and mental function.
wow … i’d really like to believe that this is can be generalized to the population at large. 14 days of healthy lifestyle and brain efficiency is increased …
i’ll have to get the whole scientific report and look at some of the details. what did the control group do, for example? is it possible that the test group improved simply because they were given so much attention? also, 17 subjects – that’s 8 or 9 subjects for each group. not a lot.
still, it sounds really hopeful. stay tuned for more news on this …
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