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Computerised cognitive training for older persons with mild cognitive impairment: A pilot study using a randomised controlled trial design


Finn, Maurice, McDonald, Skye


Brain Impairment, Volume: 12, No.: 3, Pages.: 187-199

Year of Publication



The results of a pilot randomised controlled trial of computerised cognitive training in older adults with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) are reported. Participants (N = 25) were randomised into either the treatment or waitlist training groups. Sixteen participants completed the 30-session computerised cognitive training program using exercises that target a range of cognitive functions including attention, processing speed, visual memory and executive functions. It was hypothesised that participants would improve with practice on the trained tasks, that the benefits of training would generalise to nontrained neuropsychological measures, and that training would result in improved perceptions of memory and memory functioning when compared with waitlist controls. Results indicated that participants were able to improve their performance across a range of tasks with training. There was some evidence of generalisation of training to a measure of visual sustained attention. There were no significant effects of training on self-reported everyday memory functioning or mood. The results are discussed along with suggestions for future research. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved). (journal abstract)

Bibtex Citation

@article{Finn_2011, doi = {10.1375/brim.12.3.187}, url = {}, year = 2011, month = {dec}, publisher = {Cambridge University Press ({CUP})}, volume = {12}, number = {3}, pages = {187--199}, author = {Maurice Finn and Skye McDonald}, title = {Computerised Cognitive Training for Older Persons With Mild Cognitive Impairment: A Pilot Study Using a Randomised Controlled Trial Design}, journal = {Brain Impairment} }


cognitive, cognitive ability, cognitive impairment, cognitive rehabilitation, computer assisted therapy, computer cognitive training, computerised, geriatric patients, mild cognitive impairment, older people, program, training

Countries of Study


Types of Dementia

Dementia (general / unspecified)

Types of Study

Randomised Controlled Trial

Type of Outcomes

Behaviour, Cognition

Type of Interventions

Non-pharmacological Treatment, Technology (telephone, telecare, telehealth, robots, GPS)

Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions

Adult safeguarding and abuse detection/prevention


Technology – social media, online support, communication