Dr David Moreau
School of Psychology, University of Auckland
Enhancing cognition: brain networks underlying effective training interventions
A pilot study to test a training intervention paradigm for cognitive improvements in children with neurodevelopmental disorders
One in five children faces difficulty learning because of an underlying disorder such as ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia. No matter how hard they try, these children have to overcome major hurdles to succeed academically. Claims of cognitive enhancement using behavioural training have recently sparked interest, given their potential to elicit wide-ranging improvements along with very few side effects. Dr Moreau and colleagues have developed a training intervention that has the potential to alleviate some of the negative effects of neurodevelopmental disorders. This initiative places the culmination of decades of research at the service of remediation. While typical interventions targeting learning disorders come at it from a single angle, Dr Moreau and his team are tackling this problem on multiple fronts. Their unique approach combines a blend of exercise with a software regimen tailored to each individual. Ultimately, this work could also impact remediation of the injured and ageing brain, paving the way for novel therapeutic interventions.