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Physical fitness training can significantly enhance cognitive training

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A new study from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign shows that athletes cross-training to gain physical skills works in a similar way for cognitive training too. The result is based on a 18-week study of 318 healthy young adults. The research leader, Aron Barbey, a professor of psychology, comments the study in the following way: “Learning provides the foundation for acquiring new skills and updating prior beliefs in light of new knowledge and experience. Our results establish a method to enhance learning through multimodal intervention. The beneficial effects of cognitive training can be significantly enhanced with the addition of physical fitness training and noninvasive brain stimulation.” Different training tasks was used to measure specific cognitive skills such as memory, attention and task-switching. Barbey explains: “We can apply this knowledge to develop a personalized approach for each participant, tailoring the intervention to adapt to each person’s skills and needs in an effort to optimize the potential benefits of training and to provide powerful new methods to enhance specific cognitive abilities.” Source: University of Illinois 

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