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Aerobic Scrabble, Anyone?

June 30, 2009

According to Dr. Christopher Hertzog, cognitive aging researcher and professor of psychology at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and his colleagues, there is encouraging evidence that cognitive function—thinking ability—can be preserved into old age. Physical exercise (most notably aerobics), mental exercise and behavior including continued social interaction all work together to prevent brain aging and possibly even dementia. It’s worth noting that they are not recommending any brain-training device or software that claims to exercise your brain for you. Writing in the Psychological Science in the Public Interest, one of the journals of the Association for Psychological Science, they suggest that those manufacturers should be required to submit proof of their products’ effectiveness the same way drug makers do.