Cognitive Training in Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Prof. Barbara Sahakian

Cognitive training is an important and powerful technique that is an effective and safe method for boosting cognition (i.e. the mental actions of processing information, such as reasoning and problem solving) across a range of psychological disorders. These techniques often use computers to train participants to respond to mental exercises that can enhance different aspects of cognition. Individuals with traumatic brain injury (TBI) are good candidates for cognitive training as they typically experience loss or damage to several cognitive functions following injury, such as problems with their memory, language and attention. The project aims to develop and implement a new computer game (i.e. an App) in patients with TBI using hand-held portable iPads. Computer games have already shown to be highly motivational and thus have the potential to offer a fun treatment option for patients. The project plans to use an exciting computer game to train patients with TBI the ability to maintain their attention.