The primary goal of this project is to evidence potential synergistic benefits on cognitive control processes using a video game ("Body-Brain Trainer", or BBT) that integrates cognitive and physical challenges in a complimentary fashion. Healthy adults will be recruited for a longitudinal experiment and randomly assigned to one of four study groups to mechanistically tease apart the possible presence of any synergistic effects on cognitive abilities through the combination of cognitive & physical challenges.
Cognitive control functions (e.g. attention, working memory, goal-management) dictate our ability to learn and accomplish selected behavioral goals, with deficiencies in these processes found in a range of mental illnesses. The primary goal of this project is to evidence potential synergistic benefits on cognitive control processes using a video game ("Body-Brain Trainer", or BBT) that integrates cognitive and physical challenges in a complimentary fashion. Healthy adults will be recruited for a longitudinal experiment and randomly assigned to one of four study groups: 1) BBT, 2) "Brain Training" (BBT played with a gamepad controller), 3) "Body Training" (BBT without any cognitive demands), and 4) an expectancy matched placebo control group. Individuals will engage in eight weeks of training within our Neuroscape Laboratory, with pre- and post-training assessments evaluating physical, cognitive, and neural measures. The completion of this project will result in a more sophisticated understanding of how the integration of cognitive and physical training potentially impacts cognitive control processes, setting the stage for more effective interventions for mental illness and learning-related impairments.
You can join if…
Open to people ages 55–80
Can walk briskly for at least 15 minutes continuously without stopping
Can stand up from a chair without using your hands
Available to come 3x/week to our UCSF Mission Bay laboratory for 8 weeks
Willing and able to undergo MRI, EEG procedures
You CAN'T join if...
pacemaker or heart valve replacement
head trauma with loss of consciousness for less than a few minutes
severe head trauma with loss of consciousness for more than a few minutes
high/low blood pressure
electroconvulsive therapy (ECT)
irritable bowel syndrome
Having been diagnosed with a psychiatric or neurological disorder
Use of an assistive device (e.g., cane or walker) at any time to assist with ambulation
Joint problems causing significant pain upon movement
Heart Disease or Cardiovascular Disease
Respiratory Disease (Lung Disease)
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