CIGEV, area gerontology: Research on Lifespan, Multidirectionality and Plasticity – Director: Matthias Kliegel

Cognitive Training and Plasticity

This project comprises the research line on cognitive plasticity. The research on cognitive plasticity aims for improving cognitive functions and compensating for cognitive decreases. There are several collaborations with national and international research groups.

Selected publications

  • Hering, A., Meuleman, B., Bürki, C., Borella, E., & Kliegel, M. (2017). Improving Older Adults’ Working Memory: the Influence of Age and Crystallized Intelligence on Training Outcomes. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement, 1(4), 358-373. doi:10.1007/s41465-017-0041-4
  • Hering, A., Rendell, P. G., Rose, N. S., Schnitzspahn, K. M., & Kliegel, M. (2014). Prospective memory training in older adults and its relevance for successful aging. Psychological Research, 78(6), 892-904. doi:10.1007/s00426-014-0566-4
  • Rose, N. S., Rendell, P. G., Hering, A., Kliegel, M., Bidelman, G., & Craik, F. I. M. (2015). Cognitive and neural plasticity in older adults’ prospective memory following training with the Virtual Week computer game. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9(592). doi:10.3389/fnhum.2015.00592

MemoryTrain – Collaboration with Prof. Peter Rendell, Australian Catholic University

This project will aim to establish whether it is possible to enhance the prospective memory function of healthy older adults. All participants are aged between 60 and 89 years old, and will be assigned to one of four different memory training programs.

Train the brain with Music – Collaboration with Prof. Clara James, Haute école de santé Genève

This project investigates whether a wide range of cognitive functions can be improved through music training. The study takes place in Geneva, Switzerland and Hanover, Germany.