Integration of guided experiential skill application into attention regulation training yields generalized improvements in cognitive functioning

Seminar | January 22 | 12-1:30 p.m. | 489 Minor Hall

 Sahar Yousef, Silver Lab

 Neuroscience Institute, Helen Wills

Improvement of cognitive function is of great value to many aspects of society. However, identifying robust procedures for training cognitive processes in a generalizable way remains elusive. Here we present a novel attention regulation training paradigm that incorporates skill application in multiple learning environments. We hypothesized that our training procedure would enhance general
cognitive control mechanisms. We evaluated training effects using both computerized assessments and neuropsychological measurements designed to probe cognitive control in everyday life. We tested for specificity of training effects by employing multiple active control conditions and for generalizability by using assessments that were significantly different from the training tasks. Training substantially improved performance on multiple tasks that involve cognitive control, and these gains were often specific to the group that received attention regulation training and also applied learned skills in varied environments.