Neuropsychological benefits of a narrative cognitive training program for people living with dementia: A pilot study

BENEFÍCIOS NEUROPSICOLÓGICOS DE UM PROGRAMA DE FORMAÇÃO COGNITIVA NARRATIVA PARA PESSOAS QUE VIVEM COM DEMÊNCIA: UM ESTUDO PILOTO

Federico Batini Giulia Toti Marco Bartolucci About the authors

ABSTRACT

Many areas in the cortex are active during reading of narrative material, and these activations in the brain produce significant changes in connectivity. Following previous results showing cognitive benefits in memory domains of a narrative training program in nursing home patients living with dementia, the aim of the present study was to perform a more in depth investigation of the effects of this training on memory domains and other cognitive areas.

Methods:

An experimental group of eight patients underwent auditory narrative training of 60 hours. At the beginning and end of the training, subjects were tested with a neuropsychological battery to quantify any improvements in individual performance.

Results:

The results showed a statistically significant improvement in the list learning task (immediate memory) and list learning recognition for single tasks, and a statistically significant improvement in overall cognitive area scores for immediate and delayed memory.

Conclusion:

Results replicate and expand our previous findings, indicating that this type of intervention can increase performance on memory-related tests.

Key words:
narrative; neuropsychology; dementia; cognitive training

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