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The benefits of brain training on mobility and cognition

In this project, we are investigating the possible benefits of at-home visual attention training on older adults’ cognition and mobility. Our 2021 pilot study results demonstrated that 4 weeks of standing or seated visual attention training via multiple object tracking was feasible, and improved single and dual-task walking speeds and mental arithmetic.

We are currently recruiting older adults to partake in our new 6-week brain training program which includes the use of brain imaging technology. Older adults (60+) with normal hearing or with hearing loss (including those with or without hearing aids) are encouraged to reach out for more information.

Age-related differences in cognitive control

In this project we aim to further the understanding of aging of cognitive control processes, essential for complex cognition and behavior. We are presently exploring the Dual Mechanisms of Control model, which distinguishes between proactive and reactive control processes. Proactive control involves sustained activation of task goals or context to enable the avoidance of conflicting information. Reactive control involves the more immediate resolution of conflicting information when it presents itself, with little advanced warning. We are investigating the relative age-related differences in these types of cognitive control in fine motor (keyboarding) and gross motor (postural control) tasks.

Mobility, exercise and cognitive training

In this project, we are part of a large Canada-wide team of researchers interested in how exercise, alone or in combination with cognitive training, can help improve cognitive status and mobility in older adults at risk for dementia (i.e., those with Mild Cognitive Impairment). This clinical trial is part of a larger research network, the Canadian Consortium on Neurodegeneration in Aging (CCNA), which is funded by CIHR, the Government of Canada, and other funding partners. The overall aim of CCNA is to develop a Canadian strategy to tackle prevention, treatment and care for Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias, and includes studies of cellular, genetic, neuroimaging, nutritional, behavioural, lifestyle and cultural factors.

Lived experiences with combined sensory, cognitive and mobility challenges

In this project we conduct online interviews to gain insights into the lived experiences of older adults who have a combination of sensory, motor and cognitive challenges. With increasing age, these challenges can affect functional ability and quality of life. We are therefore interested in what obstacles these adults face in everyday life and the types of support and care from health professionals that they have or would find helpful. We aim to learn about the effective coping strategies that respondents may be able to share and their most important activities they do not want to miss out on or feel they have had to give up.

Contact us

Karen Li
Principal Investigator

Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 7542
Room: PY 131-4

Stephanie Torok
Research Coordinator

Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2247
Room: PY 017.09

Mailing address

Li Lab
Department of Psychology
Concordia University
7141 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, QC  H4B 1R6

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